Preparing today's youth for tomorrow's responsibilities.

Welcome to Special Education

  • Welcome to Fountain‐Fort Carson School District! 

    Being a parent is the most incredible and important job.  When we accept this role, we embark on a journey that will lead us to the highest thrills, the deepest worries, and the greatest rewards.

    Our special education program teams will provide an exceptional education and experience for students.  Our teams are making ongoing efforts to improve services to children, and as is consistent with research, we believe that a partnership between families and the school district leads to stronger outcomes for children.  Whether you have just had your first Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting within the Fountain‐Fort Carson School District or have attended several, we wish to partner with you and to answer questions you may have along the way. Welcome to the Fountain‐Fort Carson School District and to the world of exceptional children and exceptional parents.

    Sincerely,
    Montina Romero, Ph.D.
    Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services  


     

Program Overview

  • Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 supports students with special needs with exceptionally trained, incredibly compassionate and competent staff in all buildings. Special education teachers, specialized service professionals, and support staff work diligently with building staff, administrators, and families to meet the individualized needs of students. Building upon a foundation of strong relationships and high expectations, special education staff support students in meeting rigorous academic, social and functional goals. In order to help students succeed educationally, Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 provides a robust continuum of supports to meet student needs. A student may receive either direct or indirect support from any of the following special education staff:

    • Moderate Needs Special Education Teachers - educators trained and licensed to provide special education services, including specialized instruction in reading, writing, math, and organization. Services provided by these teachers may be provided in general education or special education environments, in a small group, large group, or individualized format.
    • Center-Based Special Education Teachers - educators trained and licensed to provide special education services, who focus on students with very particular needs that require even more specialized supports. Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 offers center-based programs in the areas of Autism, Affective Needs, and Significant Support Needs. 
    • Speech-Language Pathologists - specialists trained to work with students who may have communication difficulties ranging from articulation errors to receptive, expressive, or pragmatic language difficulties. Students may also receive direct communication supports from Speech-Language Therapist Assistants under the supervision of Speech-Language Pathologists. 
    • School Psychologists - specialists trained to provide mental health, social, and behavioral supports to students in need of skill development in any of those areas.
    • Physical Therapists - specialists trained to promote gross motor development in students so that they can successfully physically participate in activities and routines within the school environment such as walking up stairs and engaging in activities during Physical Education classes.
    • Occupational Therapists - specialists trained to promote fine motor and sensory development in students so that they can successfully participate in activities and routines within the school environment such as cutting and letter formation. Students may also receive direct motor supports from Occupational Therapy Assistants under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist.
    • School Nurses - registered nurses who are also licensed by the Colorado Department of Education to support medical needs of students within the district so that students may fully engage in and benefit from their education.
    • Paraprofessionals - educational support staff who work in conjunction with center-based special education teachers to support students in accessing academic instruction, exhibiting pro-social behaviors, and supporting health/medical needs. 

Contacts

  • Dr. Montina Romero
    Asst. Superintendent of Student Support Services
    (719) 382-1314

    Lisa Zimprich
    Assistant Director
    (719) 382-1314

    Erika Zulkosky
    Assistant Director
    (719) 382-1313

    Tish Watson
    Coordinator of Student Support Services
    (719) 382-1313

    Valorie Trujillo
    Secretary to Asst. Superintendent
    (719) 382-1314

    Carol Costlow
    Department Administrative Assistant
    (719) 382-1313

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