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Renae Rausch
Renae Rausch
Director of Special Education Services
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SPED Staff Directory

Special Education

Welcome to the Aberdeen Public School District Special Education site!  As the Director of Special Education, I am glad you are visiting our site.  We are very proud of the programs and services we provide to students in our district.  Please feel free to look around on our site and contact me if you have any questions.

The Aberdeen School District provides special education services to approximately 740 students in our schools.  The department provides leadership across the District in developing and implementing free appropriate public education programs in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for students representing the full spectrum of disabilities from birth to age 21, including public and private school students. Committees of teachers, parents, and other related professionals work together to plan and monitor each student's progress.  Services are integrated in each school with a full continuum of program options available throughout the District.

Child Identification
The Aberdeen Public School District provides free, appropriate education for all children with disabilities from birth through age 21.  Any eligible child within the jurisdiction of the district, including those enrolled in any public or private agency or school located in the district, should be referred to the office of Special Education, 725-7146.

Documents for Public Inspection
The Aberdeen Public School District is operating a project in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Any funding applications, evaluations, or reports required by the state for operation of the project are available for public inspection.  Documents are maintained in the Special Education office of the District Service Center, 1224 S. 3rd St. and are available during business hours.

Thank you for your interest in our special education programs in the Aberdeen Public School District.

Jackie Pederson Our Preschool Coordinator is Jackie Pederson. She has been employed with the Aberdeen School District since 2002, where she began her teaching career and continues to remain a Preschool Special education teacher at Lincoln Elementary.  She does all of the coordinating of the preschool special education services, including the reverse inclusion program that the preschool supports.  Jackie is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education k-12, and Early Childhood Special Education. Please click for information from Preschool reverse inclusion preschool program.
Beth Peschong Beth Peschong, the Speech Coordinator, has been employed with the Aberdeen School District since 1999, three of those years were at Henry Neill and then she found her home at Lincoln and has been there 14 years. This is her 11th year as the Speech Language Coordinator along with providing speech-language therapy to students at Lincoln Elementary and Simmons Middle School. For 35 years, Beth has worked in various settings as a Speech Pathologist. Please click for Speech information.
Roseanne Malsom Rosanne Malsom is the Deaf Education Coordinator, she has been employed with the Aberdeen School District since 1990 as the Deaf Educator.  Simmons Elementary has always been her home school.  Rosanne is certified in Early Childhood Education and has a SKI-HI Parent Educator and a Reading Specialist Degree. Please click for Deaf ED information.

Request an Interpreter

Those requesting an interpreter or other auxiliary aids should contact the building principal one week prior to the activity. Such activities would include parent/teacher conferences, meetings, programs and extracurricular events related to the Aberdeen Public School. Arrangements can be made in person, through email, or by phone. If contacting the principal by phone you can access Relay South Dakota by dialing 711 inside of South Dakota, or dialing toll-free (800) 877-1113 from anywhere outside of South Dakota.  
Brandi Hirsch The Elementary Special Education Coordinator is Brandi Hirsch.  She has been with the Aberdeen School District since 2005.  She has experience in both the Elementary and Middle School Settings.  She was an eighth grade Resource Room Teacher at Holgate Middle School and a third through fifth grade Resource Room Teacher at May Overby Elementary. 
Mendy Jones Our Transition coordinator is Mendy Jones, she has been with the Aberdeen School District for 16 years. Her first years in the district were at the elementary level. She also taught at the high school for 10 years. Before coming to the district Mendy was the administrator and teacher at a residential school, teaching at the middle school and high school levels. Mendy is certified in Special Education k-12, Curriculum and Instruction, Administration, and has her middle school endorsement.


State Department of Education - Special Education Site

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