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The mission of the special education department is to individualize educational opportunities to meet the unique needs of all learners. The beliefs and goals of the special education department include:

  • All students can learn.
  • The education of students will be enhanced through collaboration among students, parents, special services staff, general education staff, and the community,
  • Instruction should be research based, developmentally appropriate, and meaningful.
  • Students should be provided strategies and opportunities to learn, socialize, problem solve, and function across environments.
  • All students will benefit from shared learning experiences.

Special education programs

District 196 offers a range of special education services to support students of all ages. These services support students from birth through age 21 that meet the State of Minnesota’s criteria for special education and who are in need of special education services.

For information about the special education services offered through District 196, please contact your child’s case manager or neighborhood school to learn more.  

Programs and schools
Third party reimbursement public information

If your child is evaluated to see if they are eligible for special education, District 196 will share your child’s name and date of birth with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to find out if your child is on Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. If you do not want the district to share your child’s name and date of birth with DHS you need to let us know in writing at the time of consent for an evaluation. Please send your request to Special Education, 3455 153rd St. W., Rosemount, MN 55068. If you have questions, please contact Jenne O’Neill-Mager at 952-431-8991.

Contact us





Janet Fimmen

Director of Special Education


Andrea Guttormson

Elementary Special Education Coordinator


Paula Kirschenheiter

Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator


Jenne O’Neill-Mager

Secondary and Transition Plus Special Education Coordinator


Christine Gorman

Elementary Special Education Coordinator


Lindsay Engberg

Secondary Special Education Coordinator


Andrea Engstrom

Dakota Ridge Special Education Coordinator