Special Education

  • Heather Creech

    Speech Therapist

     Heather Creech

    Education

    Arizona State University — B.A. Speech and Hearing Sciences

    University of Cincinnati — M.A. Speech-Language Pathology

    Certification: ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competency

    Endorsement: Special Education Generalist

    Favorite Quote

    “When you value people, accepting them and including them comes naturally.”  -unknown

     

    Kaitlin Frankhouser

    Occupational Therapist

     Kaitlin Frankhouser

    Education

    Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University

    Master of Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University

    Favorite Quote

    “Loving-kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference -- in our own lives and those of others.” -Sharon Salzberg

     

    Nicole Johnson

    ILC Teacher

     Nicole Johnson

    Education

    Bachelor of Art in Psychology, University of Virginia
    Masters of Teaching in Special Education and Elementary Education, University of Virginia
    Professional Teachers License:  Special Education Generalist, Elementary Education K-6
     

    Favorite Quote

    "I have learned that people will forget what you have said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou

     

    Nicole Lee

    ILC Teacher

     Nicole Lee

    Education

    Bachelor of Arts in Nutrition - University of Northern Colorado

    Master of Education (M.Ed.)  in Special Education- Colorado Christian University

    Endorsements: -Special Education Generalist (Ages 5-21)

                           - Elementary Education (K-6)

     Favorite Quote

    "Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

     

    Jessi Estes

    Moderate Needs Teacher

    Jessi Estes

    Education

    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Denver

    Master's Degree in Special Education from Regis University

    Favorite Quote

    "Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson

     

    Valerie Manspeaker

    Learning Specialist

    Valerie Manspeaker

    Education

    BA History from Colorado State University

    MA Special Education University of Northern Colorado

    Favorite Quote

    “A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark.”  — Chinese proverb

     

    Adam Parker

    Psychologist

    Adam Parker

    Education

    Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology (Ed.S)

    Favorite Quote

    “Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.”

     


    Philosophy and Goals

    The mission of the Cherry Creek District is to educate each student to think, to learn, to achieve, and to care. We are committed to this mission and to collaborating with general education teachers to provide quality education for all students, including those with special needs. We recognize the critical need for all students to achieve their highest potential.

    Program Highlights

    Learning Disabilities

    Mrs. Manspeaker and Mrs. Estes provide assessments and services for students with perceptual and communication disabilities that significantly affect student achievement.

    Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Lee provide services for students with significant support needs and Autism. The ILC classroom is a place where students learn life skills and instruction driven by the student's individualized education plan. The ILC program also includes adaptations for general education curriculum, and provides opportunities for inclusion within the general education classroom for students with significant disabilities.

    Speech/Language

    Mrs. Creech provides assessments and services for students with communication disabilities that have an adverse effect on educational performance.

    Occupational Therapy

    Ms. Frankhouser provides assessments and services that help students with fine and gross motor needs as well as sensory needs that significantly impact classroom functioning.

    Mental Health Services — Psychologist

    Mr. Parker provides individual, small group and classroom mental health interventions and supports so students can more readily access learning and be successful. Additionally, Mr. Parker consults to support parents and teachers, administer assessments to understand how students learn best with the goal of teaching that builds on strengths and target areas of need.

Last Modified on September 13, 2022