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District 196 hires Sarah Otte-Phillips as new special education coordinator

District 196 Superintendent Mary Kreger announced the hiring of Sarah Otte-Phillips as a district special education coordinator. 

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Otte-Phillips has more than 16 years of experience working as a special education educator. She spent much of her career in California as a special education teacher, facilitator and specialist. Most recently, she was the interim early childhood special education (ECSE) coordinator for Rochester Public Schools. She was instrumental in creating a standards-based curriculum for ECSE students to allow for more personalized and rigorous learning.

While working for the Cajon Valley Union School District in El Cajon, Calif., Otte-Phillips worked with students from elementary and middle schools who needed support with individualized education plans. She leveraged the expertise of her colleagues to create innovative professional development opportunities and a more universal approaches to serving students, and was named the district’s Administrator of the Year in 2016.

“I am excited to join the District 196 team,” Otte-Phillips said. “The district has an excellent reputation for serving students with disabilities and supporting their unique needs. I look forward to engaging with staff, supporting students, and collaborating with our families.”

Otte-Phillips has a bachelor’s degree in human development and a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. She is currently enrolled in Bethel University’s education doctoral degree in K-12 administration and director of special education licensure program.