Special Education

Colfax-Mingo Schools is committed to providing a full continuum of quality educational services for students with disabilities in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities of Act (IDEA). This is outlined in the District Developed Service Delivery Plan. General and special education teachers work collaboratively to provide an appropriate education in the least restrictive environment for all students. Special education supports and services are provided to ensure the academic, social, emotional, behavioral, adaptive, and physical needs of all students with disabilities are met.  These supports and services are memorialized in the Individual Education Program or Plan (IEP).

Priority is placed on serving students with disabilities in the general education setting, being taught alongside their general education peers.  In fact, the vast majority of our students are served in their home schools.  In less common cases, the IEP team may determine that alternative instruction or alternative placement may be required to meet the needs of the individual student. The student’s parent or guardian is an essential member of that team.

If you suspect your child may have a disability or have concerns related to your child’s IEP please contact your child’s teacher, school’s principal, or guidance office.


Primary Contacts

Stephanie Ver Helst

Special Education Director, Section 504 District Coordinator, English Learner Programming Director Foster Care, Homeless and Migratory Education School Liaison

More Special Education Contacts

Title Name Phone
Elementary Special Education Teacher, JH Head Wrestling Coach Stacey Rice 515-674-3465
Jr/Sr High Special Education Teacher Dakota Drenth 515-674-4111
Jr/Sr High Special Education Teacher Tawney Palmiotto 515-674-4111
Elementary Special Education, TLC Mentor Lead Rebeka Derry 515-674-3465
Elementary Special Education Teacher Kelsey Henschen 515-674-3465