Special Education

Special Education Department Photo

The Special Education Department is provided for children with special needs who have an area of exceptionality which significantly impacts their ability to make progress in an educational setting. The Individual with Disabilities Education Act assures that all students receive the same educational opportunities as all students. Some children and youth need additional specialized instruction to reach their full potential.  Geary County Schools USD 475 is committed to providing programs and services to children with exceptionalities to reach their potential for the future. USD 475 offers a continuum of programs and services that are tailored to meet the needs of each individual child. Each child is entitled to an appropriate public education and the opportunity to succeed.

District Resources

Autism Services Brochure
Behavior Consultant Services Brochure
Speech Language Pathologist Services Brochure
Social Work Services Brochure

Resources

Geary County Early Childhood Family Network
Developmental Information: Parents as Teachers (National)
Special Needs: KITS Early Childhood Resource Center
Early Childhood Screening Schedule
Kansas State School for the Blind
Families Together Inc.
Kansas Parent Information Resource Center
Disability Rights Center
Kansas School for the Deaf
Infinitec
Exceptional Family Member Program
Big Lakes Developmental Center

Rebekah Helget

Rebekah Helget

Executive Director of Special Education

RebekahHelget@usd475.org
785-717-4091

The Executive Director of Special Education oversees the special education department, as well, provides support to parents when they have questions and concerns about Elementary students.

Dr. Kathryn Beougher

Dr. Kathryn Beougher

Assistant Director of Special Education

KathrynBeougher@usd475.org
785-717-4090

The Assistant Director of Special Education works with and provides professional development within the department. She assists with communication and integration between special education and general education, as well, provides support to parents when they have questions and concerns about Middle School students.

Nicole Nutter

Nicole Nutter

Special Education Secretary

NicoleNutter@usd475.org
785-717-4093

The Special Education Secretary is the department receptionist and is happy to assist you or direct your call to the appropriate personnel.

Traciann Petite

Traciann Petite

Coaching & Compliance Coordinator

TraciannPetite@usd475.org
785-717-4092

The Coaching & Compliance Coordinator works with a team of eight special education coaches who, in turn, work with case managers across the district, as well, provides support to parents when they have questions and concerns about Elementary students.

Nate Downs

Nate Downs

Special Education Coordinator

NathanDowns@usd475.org
785-717-4000

Nate Downs is a special education teacher for USD 475, as well, provides support to parents when they have questions and concerns about High School students.

Stephanie Bogenhagen

Stephanie Bogenhagen

Early Childhood Principal

StephanieBogenhagen@usd475.org
785-717-6953

The Early Childhood Principal is responsible for overseeing the Early Childhood facility at USD 475, as well, provides support to parents when they have questions and concerns about Early Childhood students.