Welcome to Sunman-Dearborn Special Education!


  • The vision of Special Education at Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation is to provide an inclusive environment that proactively guides students on their individual paths to success, removes social barriers, fosters social and emotional learning, and promotes lifelong achievement through family and community engagement.

    The Office of Special Education is committed to upholding the mission and the vision of Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools. Our efforts are to ensure every student receives a quality and appropriate education. Under the leadership of Sunman-Dearborn Community School leaders and the direct leadership of Mrs. Kelly Roth, our staff is working toward creating a school environment that supports each student. The Office of Special Education staff works side by side with school personnel, sharing tools and practices that benefit each child. We look forward to working with families to help our students grow and succeed. 

                                                            Child Find Procedure

    If you feel that your child might benefit from special education services:

    Federal and state law requires that local school districts “identify, locate and evaluate every child who may have a disability requiring special education services.” This is called Child Find. 

    If your child is between the ages of three to twenty-two and you suspect that he/she has a disability, you can make a request for your child to be tested. This is called a referral. 

    You may make a referral by informing your child’s school counselor (teacher or principal) that you would like your child evaluated.  

    From the date of your request, the school will have 10 school days in which to respond to you in one of two ways:

    • The school will decline to conduct an evaluation

      • You will be sent a Notice of Refusal, describing the information reviewed and the reasoning for declining the evaluation. You will be given a copy of your Parent’s Rights (Procedural Safeguards).

    • The school will proceed with an evaluation

      • You will be sent a Notice of Evaluation describing the information reviewed and why the decision was made to move forward. It will list the suspected disability and the assessment procedures. You will be given a copy of your Parent’s Rights (Procedural Safeguards).

    In most cases, your child will be evaluated and/or observed by various team members during the regular school day. Testing will be conducted in one on one sessions. You may be asked to complete some additional checklists. It is helpful if these completed forms are returned promptly.
    The school will have 50 school days from the date they receive your written consent to conduct all of the evaluations and have a meeting with you, called a case conference.

    A full description of your parental rights regarding special education processes is located in the Procedural Safeguards document you received when making a referral.

    There are thirteen disability categories recognized by Indiana and which could qualify a student for special education and related services: 

    • Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • Blind/Low Vision

    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing

    • Deaf/Blind

    • Developmental Delay (3-9)

    • Emotional Disability 

    • Intellectual Disability 

    • Language or Speech Impairment 

    • Multiple Disabilities 

    • Orthopedic Impairment 

    • Other Health Impairment 

    • Specific Learning Disability 

    • Traumatic Brain Injury 

  • Our team is here to assist you with answering any of your questions, and putting your mind at ease! We welcome you to watch our staff video below!

    Meet our Staff
  • If you are concerned that your child is not meeting their developmental milestones, the following resources can help you to understand what steps should be taken in order to begin the special education testing process.  

    A Transition happens when a student who receives special education services exits school and enters adult life. This is a gradual process that takes teamwork and planning over time. You are invited to view our Transition Manual to assist in guiding you through this process.

    Please click the link below for Social-Emotional and Behavioral Resources for the Home.

    Click below for resoures and activities to get your child moving at home.

    pdf Activities for the Home

    The IDOE recently shared the fourth video of a series designed to help parents. We hope you find this video helpful in working with your students at home. Please use the link below to view the video.          

  • The Speech and Language Pathologists of Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools have created a website filled with resources and helpful tools. Please check out their website below!

    Speech & Language Services

Special Education


The vision of Special Education at Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corporation is to provide an inclusive environment that proactively guides students on their individual paths to success, removes social barriers, fosters social and emotional learning, and promotes lifelong achievement through family and community engagement.

The Office of Special Education is committed to upholding the mission and the vision of Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools. Our efforts are to ensure every student receives a quality and appropriate education. Under the leadership of Sunman-Dearborn Community School leaders and the direct leadership of Mrs. Kelly Roth, our staff is working toward creating a school environment that supports each student. The Office of Special Education staff works side by side with school personnel, sharing tools and practices that benefit each child. We look forward to working with families to help our students grow and succeed. 

                                                        Child Find Procedure

If you feel that your child might benefit from special education services:

Federal and state law requires that local school districts “identify, locate and evaluate every child who may have a disability requiring special education services.” This is called Child Find. 

If your child is between the ages of three to twenty-two and you suspect that he/she has a disability, you can make a request for your child to be tested. This is called a referral. 

You may make a referral by informing your child’s school counselor (teacher or principal) that you would like your child evaluated.  

From the date of your request, the school will have 10 school days in which to respond to you in one of two ways:

  • The school will decline to conduct an evaluation

    • You will be sent a Notice of Refusal, describing the information reviewed and the reasoning for declining the evaluation. You will be given a copy of your Parent’s Rights (Procedural Safeguards).

  • The school will proceed with an evaluation

    • You will be sent a Notice of Evaluation describing the information reviewed and why the decision was made to move forward. It will list the suspected disability and the assessment procedures. You will be given a copy of your Parent’s Rights (Procedural Safeguards).

In most cases, your child will be evaluated and/or observed by various team members during the regular school day. Testing will be conducted in one on one sessions. You may be asked to complete some additional checklists. It is helpful if these completed forms are returned promptly.
The school will have 50 school days from the date they receive your written consent to conduct all of the evaluations and have a meeting with you, called a case conference.

A full description of your parental rights regarding special education processes is located in the Procedural Safeguards document you received when making a referral.

There are thirteen disability categories recognized by Indiana and which could qualify a student for special education and related services: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Blind/Low Vision

  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing

  • Deaf/Blind

  • Developmental Delay (3-9)

  • Emotional Disability 

  • Intellectual Disability 

  • Language or Speech Impairment 

  • Multiple Disabilities 

  • Orthopedic Impairment 

  • Other Health Impairment 

  • Specific Learning Disability 

  • Traumatic Brain Injury 

Read more

Meet our Staff

Our team is here to assist you with answering any of your questions, and putting your mind at ease! We welcome you to watch our staff video below!

Meet our Staff

Read more

Parent Resources

If you are concerned that your child is not meeting their developmental milestones, the following resources can help you to understand what steps should be taken in order to begin the special education testing process.  

A Transition happens when a student who receives special education services exits school and enters adult life. This is a gradual process that takes teamwork and planning over time. You are invited to view our Transition Manual to assist in guiding you through this process.

Please click the link below for Social-Emotional and Behavioral Resources for the Home.

Click below for resoures and activities to get your child moving at home.

pdf Activities for the Home

The IDOE recently shared the fourth video of a series designed to help parents. We hope you find this video helpful in working with your students at home. Please use the link below to view the video.          

Read more

Speech and Language

The Speech and Language Pathologists of Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools have created a website filled with resources and helpful tools. Please check out their website below!

Speech & Language Services

Read more


Contact Information:


Special Education Office 
Attn: Emily Denning
925 N. Meridian St
Sunman, IN 47041
812-623-2291

  • Counselor/Social Worker (Ext. 13906)

    afruwe@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Educational Consultant (ext 13905)

    amgandenberger@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Occupational Therapy (ext 13910)

    bhofer@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (ext 13910)

    clhoerst@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Educational Consultant (ext 13903)

    dawoolwine@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Physical Therapist (Ext. 13912)

    ebeach@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Administrative Assistant (ext 13902)

    eadenning@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Speech/Language Pathologist Assistant (ext 13908)

    jlcallaway@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Non-Public Teacher of Record (St Nicholas)

    jahagedorn@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Director of Student Services (ext 10905)

    knroth@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (ext 13914)

    lenagel@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Teacher for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing(ext 13907)

    latrimble@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Blind/Low Vision (ext 13913)

    mkoehne@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • School Psychologist (ext 13901)

    pabourquein@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

  • Educational Consultant (ext 13904)

    tsgoldsmith@sunmandearborn.k12.in.us

Vision

Reflecting on our core values of stewardship, data-driven, collaboration, shared leadership, and commitment, the vision of Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools is:

Surpassing Expectations and Inspiring Excellence in Every Student, Every Day



Mission

Our mission is to provide a safe, innovative, and challenging environment designed to prepare students for their futures through Stewardship, Data-Driven Decision Making, Collaboration, Shared Leadership, and Commitment.
SuperChat

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    • Admin. Office

      Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools
      1 Trojan Place, Suite B
      St. Leon, IN 47012

      Tel: 812-623-2291
      Fax: 812-623-3341
      Dr. Andrew Jackson, Superintendent

      High School

      East Central High School
      1 Trojan Place, Suite A
      St. Leon, IN 47012

      Tel: 812-576-4811
      Fax: 812-576-2047
      Tom Black, Principal

      Middle School

      East Central Middle School
      8356 Schuman Road
      St. Leon, IN 47012

      Tel: 812-576-3500
      Fax: 812-576-3506
      Dr. Matt Maple, Principal

    • Elementary Schools

      Bright Elementary
      22593 Stateline Road
      Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

      Tel: 812-637-4600
      Fax: 812-637-4606
      Dr. Daryl Werner, Principal

      North Dearborn Elementary
      27650 Sawmill Road
      West Harrison, IN 47060

      Tel: 812-576-1900
      Fax: 812-576-1901
      Jeff Bond, Principal

      Sunman Elementary
      925 North Meridian St.
      Sunman, IN  47041

      Tel: 812-623-2235
      Toll Free:  888-645-5717
      Fax:  812-623-4330
      Pamela Guilliams, Principal
  • Location