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.

Please check back frequently as we will continue to update this site with relevant information.

Dawn Coyne

9-12 Special Education Advisor
Email | (907) 352-7472

Kristine Krogstad

K-8 Special Education Advisor
Email | (907) 352-7490

Becky Ross

Special Education Advisor
Email | (907) 352-1360

Michelle Gossman

Speech Pathologist
Email | (907) 352-7496

Special Education Support Services

There are support services available for students needing assistance. If your student has an active Individual Education Plan (IEP) with the Mat-Su Borough School District, you may choose one of two service options.


    • First, you may elect to receive special education services at your Boundary School. Students with Related Services on their IEP (Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, Adaptive Physical Education, etc.) this is often the only option to access those services. A choice to attend the boundary school allows trained professionals to work with your child. Once a mutually agreeable schedule is set, you are responsible for transporting your student for services.
    • Second, you may choose to have your child’s IEP managed by the special education teacher at Mat-Su Central School. This option gives you more responsibility and flexibility for helping with IEP management. With this option, you will be meeting with the school personnel for consultation a minimum of once a month.
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 call Debbie Williams at 746-9267.
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. The full text of those laws can be located Here.

Educational Web Apps

Educational Apps for devices like the iPad or Chromebook are excellent ways for students to engage and learn new content in a digitized manner. Here are a few reccommendations 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 Links

When you need help navigating the world of Special Education, Student Support Services, and understanding your son or daughter’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) there is a lot of information to collect as well as disseminate. As best you can, take time to understand your parental rights, academic responsibilities, and the federal regulations that may impact student experience. Many great resources are available, if you only take the time to read. Here are some suggestions to get started.




Special Education Law

Have a question pertaining to Special Education law and Federal mandates? For instance, who needs to attend an IEP meeting? How much notice should I receive before a meeting is scheduled? New legislation from the Federal Government will impact student experience. Look HERE first. If you do not get your answer here please contact your advisor.