Special Education



The mission of the Spring Valley School District Special Education Department is to advocate improving the educational and social-emotional success of each student with a disability. Special Education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability.


School Districts must follow certain procedures to determine if a child has a disability and is eligible for special education.  A child with a disability must meet eligibility criteria under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.)  Parents are involved in the process of determining whether their child has a disability.


The following are disabilities under IDEA:

     Autism (A)

     Intellectual Disability (ID)

     Hearing Impairment (HI)

     Visual Impairment (VI)

     Speech or Language Impairment (SL)

     Orthopedic Impairment (OI)

     Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

     Emotional Behavioral Disability (EBD)

     Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

     Other Health Impairment (OHI)

     Significant Developmental Delay – ages 3-9 only (SDD)

       Additional information is also available at the Department of Public Instruction website: http://dpi.wi.gov/sped


The success of our students at Spring Valley School District is dependent upon the collaborative efforts and commitment from our students, staff, and their families. Together as a team, we can make a positive impact on our students' future. Please contact Ben Lamb, Director of Special Education & Pupil Services at 715-778-5602 or at benlam[email protected]  for more information about our special education programming.


What Is An IEP? 

An IEP is an Individualized Education Plan developed for students with disabilities who require special education services.  This plan includes:

     your child's present level of academic and functional performance

     annual goals

     description of special education and related services

     the amount, frequency, location, and duration of special education services

     support your child needs to succeed in regular education

     support your child's teacher needs to teach your child

     the extent to which your child will be in regular education classes and receive the general education curriculum

     a transition plan for life after high school for children 14 and older

     how your child's progress toward meeting the IEP goals will be measured

     and how you will be informed about your child's progress

The IEP must be reviewed annually and if appropriate, a new IEP with new goals is developed.  Parents are involved in the process of reviewing an IEP and developing new goals.

Special Education Team

Ben Lamb - Director of Special Education & Pupil Services

Cathy Keehr - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Cassandra Shafer - Elementary Special Education Teacher

Sonya Stewart - Elementary Special Education Teacher

Rachel Traynor - Middle/High School Special Education Teacher

Kayla Zdroik - Middle/High School Special Education Teacher

Amy Rohl - Speech and Language Pathologist

- Occupational Therapist

- Physical Therapist


Additional Information


Wisconsin’s Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia Related Conditions (Link below)





Child Find Notice

Referral Procedure

Notice of Special Needs Scholarship Program


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