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Artesia Public School

Special Education and Enrichment 

The Artesia Public Schools Special Education Department provides resources to assist students with disabilities. We work within the educational setting to help each student reach his or her potential and become a productive member of society. The special education department serves students with a wide range of disabilities as well as students in our gifted programs.

Special Education Services

We provide support to parents, teachers, and principals in the provision of special education services at each school in Artesia Public School District. Our specialized staff provides consultation support to Student Assistance Teams, conducts evaluations, and develops Individual Education Plans (IEP) in compliance with state and federal laws.

Special education services range from consultation and direct services in the general education classroom to pullout services and small group self-contained classrooms with specialized instruction and curriculum. In addition, we provide special education services to special needs preschool children aged three to four years old as well as young adults with disabilities through the post-school career preparation program.

Qualifying for Special Education Services

We coordinate all special education services through the special education department upon receiving a referral from the Student Assistance Team (SAT) or IEP team.

Special Education Staff

Cari Jowers
Director
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6503

Naomi Perkins
Special Education Secretary
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6504

Jasmine Austin
Speech Language Pathologist Assistant
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6572

Emily Bennett
IEP Coordinator
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6508

Shawna Braswell
COTA, Assistive Technology
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6517

Krista Claflin
Speech Language Pathologist
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Brenna Evans
Occupational Therapist
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6526

Kristy Hamilton
Speech Language Pathologist - AHS
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6512

Donna Hammer
Diagnostician
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6513

Melissa Johnson
Diagnostician
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6507

Sylvia Wilson
Preschool Transition Coordinator, Child Find, Diagnostician - Grand Heights, Head Start
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6505

Ciarra Marrufo
School Psychologist
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Tanya Nolen
Dianostician
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6530

Tiffany Ortiz
Speech Language Pathologist
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6520

Chris Padilla
Speech Language Pathologist
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Melissa Plotner
Speech Language Pathologist
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6514

Tamra Reyes
COTA
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6510

Jane Rowland
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
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Wandean Ruiz
Medicaid/Records Secretary
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6502

Nora Sanchez
Elementary Attendance Counselor
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6506

Elizabeth Torres
COTA
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6519

Special Education Contractors

Please contact Cody Hanagan, Special Education Director by email or at (575) 746-2777 for assistance with our special education contractors.

Ciro Speech Therapy - Andrea Ciro
Speech Language Pathologist
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Ciro Speech Therapy - Vanessa Harvey
Speech Language Pathologist
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Gail Melpolder
Contractor - Orientation and Mobility

Pecos Valley Rec #8 - Maria DeLaRosa
Speech Language Pathologist
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Pecos Valley REC #8 - Jordan Stearnes
Physical Therapist
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Yukie Ebara
Contractor - Audiologist