600 E. Railroad Ave. #6

Wasilla, AK 99654


Mon - Thur 8.00 - 4.00

Fri. 8.00 - 3:30

Phone Number


Special Education & Student Support Services

Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will work with one of three Special Education Advisors here at Mat-Su Central School.


Dawn Coyne

Special Education Advisor
Email | (907) 352-7472

Becky Ross 

Special Education Advisor
Email | (907) 352-1360

Jennifer Gardner

Special Education Advisor

Michelle Gossmann 
Speech Pathologist
Email | (907) 352-7496


Special Education Service Options
  • Can students with IEPs homeschool?     -Yes.
    • There are support services available for students with an active Individual Education Plans (IEP). If your student has an active IEP with the Mat-Su Borough School District, you may receive services.
  • Who provides the special education services?     -Mainly, you.
    • The parent who chooses homeschool is responsible for providing or accessing services.
      • The homeschool educator is responsible for providing all support that is related to academics.
      • Speech/Language services are provided by our full-time speech pathologist. The schedule is mutually agreed to and the parent provides transportation.
      • Other speciality services are provided at the neighborhood school. (i.e. OT, PT, APE, counseling, etc.)
Community Childfind

Project Childfind is a screening program for children birth to five years old to identify any educational or physical needs that must be addressed to enable the child to fully benefit from an educational program. The screening is offered by the Mat-Su School District and is free of charge.

By Appointment Only – Call the Childfind Appointment Hotline at 761-4049.

Childfind Locations:

  • Central Administration Building – Palmer: 501 N. Gulkana – Behind Swanson Elementary School
  • CCS Early Learning, Meadow Lakes Center, Mile 49 Parks Highway
    For more information refer to the district information page:
  • MSBSD Project Childfind
Procedural Safeguards

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) publishes the Notice of Procedural Safeguards. This document conforms to the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program’s Model Procedural Safeguards Notice with specific information about Alaska’s rules as necessary. It is designed as a document to help you understand your rights, but should not be used as replacement to the actual laws and regulations.

Notice Procedural Safeguards July 2014


Supplemental Education Web Sites

These websites are an excellent way for students to engage and build their skills. Here are a few recommendations from teachers and parents:


  • The Reading Eggs program has been developed by a highly experienced team of teachers, educational writers, animators and web developers. The Reading Eggs program focuses on a core reading curriculum of skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It completely supports what children learn at school and will help to improve your child’s school results.


  • Starfall has been a free online resource since 2002, teaching millions of children to read and inspiring a love of learning through exploration. There is no advertising and the site does not collect any personal information from children. Members enjoy mathematics, additional reading activities, and songs.


  • PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. All simulations require Java, Flash, or HTML5, and can be run online or downloaded to your computer. All simulations are open source.


  • Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Choose between math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Our math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. We’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content..


An additional resource for apps for students with special needs:


Special Education Apps

Here is a suggested list of educational games and apps to help student practice skills:




Special Education Resources