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Special Services Leadership

Sharine Carver
Executive Director of Special Services

Joan Lawson
Director of District Programs

Tammy Unruh
Director of Secondary Education

Dr. Jameson Moore
Director of Special Services Elementary & ECE

Teresa Cowan
Principal on Special Assignment

Dr. Luisa Sanchez-Nilsen
ECE Coordinator - Holly Street Early Learning Center

Issaquah School District Special Services programs serve students with disabilities from birth through twenty-one years who reside within district boundaries. As specified in federal and state law, students with disabilities are served in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent possible. Thus, at all schools in the district, there are students with special needs participating as appropriate in general education classrooms and general education curriculum.

Special education services include individualized, specially-designed instruction in academic, self-help, communication, motor, vocational and social skill areas. Individual Education Programs (IEPs) are developed at least annually. IEP goals are written for each student based on the results of formal and informal testing and observations. Some student will also have objectives for each goal. The district carefully sequences instruction and maintains data about student progress.

For more information about Issaquah School District Special Education services, please visit our district's Special Education page.

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Department Contact Information

Karin Farrar - Executive Assistant - 425-837-7085

Ursula Baba - Assistant to Director of District Programs - 425-837-7090

Kristen McTague - Assistant to Director of Elementary Education - 425-837-7143


Student Records Contact Information

Email - Student Records
Fax - 425-837-7029

Katherine Johnson - Compliance Technician - 425-837-7088

Angela Youngen - Compliance Technician - 425-837-7167