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Mission Statement/Overview

Alden Hebron District #19 Department of Special Education's mission is to prepare each child from Prek through 21 to contribute to their communities in meaningful and positive ways by providing specialized instruction, allowing for individual differences and learning styles, and developing independence.

Department Responsibilities

Welcome to District 19’s Student Services! Our district student services offer consultative, resource, instructional and specialized programming for students who have been identified as having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The goal of special education and related services is to support each child and address their individual needs. Therefore, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed in collaboration with parents, general education teachers, and special service staff on a yearly basis minimally.

The services provided include specialized instruction for students with learning disabilities, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision and hearing itinerant services, specialized instruction, and supports for students with emotional/behavioral disorders, mild cognitive impairments, and students with Autism.

District 19 offers a variety of specialized programming along the continuum of services to meet the diverse needs of its many students. The programs are typically campus-based, with a few programming options out of the district to allow students to move through their specialized programming with their same-age peers.

Meet Our Staff


Katie Beck

Director of Special Services

Phone: 815-648-2442, ext. 1532



Brittany Schultz

Elementary Social Worker

Phone815-648-2442 Ext.1540

Email: Bschultz@ah19.org 


Michele Cioper

MS/HS Social Worker




Ashli Self

District Speech Language Pathologist

Phone: 815-648-2442 Ext.1532

Email: aself@ah19.org


Kristen Rave

District School Psychologist

Email: krave@ah19.org


Beth Tabacsko

Occupational Therapist-PreK-12

Email: btabacsko@ah19.org


Krecia Sweeney

COTA, Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant PreK-12

Phone: 815-648-2442 Ext.1539

Email: ksweeney@ah19.org