Special Education Information By State


Alabama
State Department of Education: Special Education
Mabrey Whetstone, Ph.D., Director
Alabama Department of Education
Special Education Services
P.O. Box 302101
Montgomery, AL 36130-2101
(334) 242-8114; (800) 392-8020 (in AL)
E-mail: mabreyw@alsde.edu
Web: www.alsde.edu/

Alaska
State Department of Education: Special Education
Art Arnold, Director
Office of Special Education
Alaska Department of Education
801 W. 10th Street, Suite 200
Juneau, AK 99801-1894
(907) 465-2972
E-mail: art_arnold@eed.state.ak.us
Web: www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/sped/

American Samoa
Department of Education: Special Education
Moeolo Va’atausili, Director
Special Education Division
Department of Education
Pago Pago, AS 96799
(684) 633-1323
E-mail: mvaatausili@doe.as
Web: http://www.doe.as/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=98928&type=d

Arizona
State Department of Education: Special Education Colette Chapman
Deputy Associate Superintendent Exceptional Student Services
Arizona Department of Education
1535 W. Jefferson Street, Bin 24
Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602) 542-4013
E-mail: colette.chapman@azed.gov
Web: www.ade.az.gov

Arkansas
State Department of Education: Special Education
Marcia Harding, Associate Director, Special Education
Arkansas Department of Education
1401 W. Capitol, Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-4221
E-mail: mharding@arkansas.gov
Web: http://arksped.k12.ar.us

California
State Department of Education: Special Education
Mary Hudler, Director
Special Education Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 2401
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916)445-4602
E-mail: mhudler@cde.ca.gov
Web: www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se

Colorado
State Department of Education: Special Education
Exceptional Student Services Unit
Colorado Department of Education
201 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-6694
Web: www.cde.state.co.us

Connecticut
State Department of Education: Special Education
Dr. Nancy Cappello, Interim Chief
Bureau of Special Education
Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 361
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6912
E-mail: nancy.cappello@ct.gov
Web: www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2678&Q=320730

Delaware
State Department of Education: Special Education
Martha Toomey, Director
Exceptional Children and Early Childhood Group
401 Federal Street, Suite 2
Dover, DE 19901-3639
(302) 739-5471
E-mail: mtoomey@doe.k12.de.us
Web: http://www.doe.k12.de.us/infosuites/students_family/specialed/default.shtml

District of Columbia
Department of Education: Special Education
Dr. Marla C. Oakes, Executive Director
Office of Special Education
DC Public Schools
825 N. Capitol Street, N.E., 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5468
E-mail: marla.oakes@k12.dc.us
Web: www.k12.dc.us/

Florida
State Department of Education: Special Education
Bambi Lockman, Chief
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
Florida Department of Education
325 W. Gaines Street, Suite 614
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400
(850) 245-0475
E-mail: bambi.lockman@fldoe.org
Web: www.fldoe.org

Georgia
State Department of Education: Special Education
Nancy O’Hara, Associate Director
Division for Exceptional Students
Georgia Department of Education
1870 Twin Towers East
Atlanta, GA 30334-9048
(404) 656-3963
Web: www.gadoe.org

Guam
Department of Education: Special Education
Katrina Celes Pieper, Assoc. Superintendent
Division of Special Education
Guam Public School System
P.O. Box DE
Hagatña, GU 96932
(671) 475-0554/0549; (671) 475-0550 (TTY)
(671) 475-0562 (Fax)
E-mail: kmceles@gdoe.net

Hawaii
State Department of Education: Special Education
Dr. Paul Ban, Director
Special Education Services Branch
Hawaii Department of Education
637 18th Avenue, Room C-102
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 733-4400
E-mail: paul_ban@notes.k12.hi.us
Web: www.doe.k12.hi.us

Idaho
State Department of Education: Special Education
Bureau of Special Population Services
Idaho Department of Education
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0027
(208) 332-6800
Web: www.sde.idaho.gov/specialed/

Illinois
State Department of Education: Special Education
Christopher Koch, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent for Special Education
Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. First Street, N-243
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
(217) 782-4870
E-mail: ckoch@isbe.net
Web: www.isbe.net/spec-ed/

Indiana
State Department of Education: Special Education
Robert Marra, Ph.D., Associate Superintendent
Center on Community Living and Careers
Indiana Department of Education
Division of Exceptional Learners
Room 229, State House
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2798
(317) 232-0570
E-mail: rmarra@doe.state.in.us
Web: www.doe.state.in.us/exceptional

Iowa
State Department of Education: Special Education
Lana Michelson, Bureau Chief
Bureau of Children, Family and Community Services
Department of Education
Grimes State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
(515) 281-5735
E-mail: Lana.Michelson@iowa.gov
Web: www.state.ia.us/educate/

Kansas
State Department of Education: Special Education
Colleen Riley, Director
Student Support Services
Kansas State Department of Education
120 S.E. 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 291-3097
Web: http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=101

Kentucky
State Department of Education: Special Education
R. Larry Taylor, Director
Division of Exceptional Children’s Services
Kentucky Department of Education
Capitol Plaza Tower, 8th Floor
500 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970
E-mail: larry.taylor@education.ky.gov
Web: www.education.ky.gov

Louisiana
State Department of Education: Special Education
Dr. Susan Aysene, Director
Division of Educational Improvement and Assistance
Louisiana Department of Education
1201 N. 3rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-3513
Web: www.louisianaschools.net/lde/index.html

Maine
State Department of Education: Special Education
David Noble Stockford, Director
Department of Education
Office of Special Services
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
(207) 624-6650; (207) 624-6800 (TTY)
E-mail: david.stockford@maine.gov
Web: www.maine.gov/education/speced/specserv.htm

Maryland
State Department of Education: Special Education
Carol Ann Baglin, Assistant State Superintendent
Maryland State Department of Education
Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
(410) 767-0238
E-mail: cbaglin@msde.state.md.us
Web: www.msde.state.md.us

Massachusetts
State Department of Education: Special Education
Marcia Mittnacht, Director
Special Education Planning and Policy Development Office
Department of Education
350 Main Street
Malden, MA 02148-5023
(781) 338-3000; (781) 338-3388
E-mail: mmmittnacht@doe.mass.edu
Web: www.doe.mass.edu/sped

Michigan
State Department of Education: Special Education
Dr. Jacquelyn Thompson, Director
Office of Special Education and Early Intervention Services
Michigan Department of Education
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI 48909-7508
(517) 373-0923
E-mail: ThompsonJJ@mi.gov
Web: www.michigan.gov/mde

Minnesota
State Department of Education: Special Education
Barbara L. Troolin, Director
Minnesota Department of Education
Special Education Policy
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113-4266
(651) 582-8590; (651) 582-8201 (TTY)
E-mail: barbara.troolin@state.mn.us
Web: http://education.state.mn.us

Mississippi
State Department of Education: Special Education
Dr. Melody Bounds, Director
Office of Special Education
Department of Education
P.O. Box 771
Jackson, MS 39205-0771
(601) 359-1988
Web: www.mde.k12.ms.us/special_education/

Missouri
State Department of Education: Special Education
Melodie Friedebach, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Special Education
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
(573) 751-4444
E-mail: melodie.friedebach@dese.mo.gov
Web: www.dese.mo.gov/divspeced/

Montana
State Department of Education: Special Education
Robert Runkel, Director
Special Education Division
Montana Office of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501
(406) 444-4429
E-mail: brunkel@mt.gov
Web: http://www.autism-pdd.net/links/montana.html

Nebraska
State Department of Education: Special Education
Gary M. Sherman, Administrator
Special Populations Office
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509-4987
(402) 471-2471 (V/TTY)
E-mail: gary.sherman@nde.ne.gov
Web: http://www.education.ne.gov/sped/index.html

Nevada
State Department of Education: Special Education
Frankie McCabe, Director
Office of Special Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, and School Improvement Programs
Nevada Department of Education
700 E. Fifth Street, Suite 113
Carson City, NV 89701-5096
(775) 687-9142
E-mail: fmccabe@doe.nv.gov
Web: www.doe.nv.gov

New Hampshire
State Department of Education: Special Education
Virginia O’Brien Irwin, Division Director
Bureau of Special Education
New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-6693
E-mail: virwin@ed.state.nh.us
Web: www.ed.state.nh.us

New Jersey
State Department of Education: Special Education
Roberta Wohle, Acting Director
Office of Special Education Programs
New Jersey Department of Education
100 Riverview Plaza
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
(609) 633-6833
E-mail: Roberta.Wohle@doe.state.nj.uss
Web: www.state.nj.us/education

New Mexico
State Department of Education: Special Education
Denise Koscielniak, Director
Special Education Bureau
Public Education Department
120 S. Federal Place, Room 206
Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 827-1457
E-mail: denise.koscielniak@state.nm.us
Web: www.ped.state.nm.us

New York
State Department of Education: Special Education
Dr. Rebecca Cort, Deputy Commissioner
Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID)
State Education Department
1 Commerce Plaza, Room 1606
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-2714
Web: www.vesid.nysed.gov

North Carolina
State Department of Education: Special Education
Mary Watson, Director
Exceptional Children Division
Department of Public Instruction
6356 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6356
(919) 807-3969/3971
E-mail: mwatson@dpi.state.nc.us
Web: www.ncpublicschools.org/ec

North Dakota
State Department of Education: Special Education
Robert Rutten, Director
Office of Special Education
Department of Public Instruction
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Department 201
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440
(701) 328-2277; (701) 328-4920 (TTY)
E-mail: brutten@state.nd.us
Web: www.dpi.state.nd.us/speced/index.shtm

Northern Mariana Islands
Department of Education: Special Education
Joanne Nicholls, Special Education Coordinator
CNMI Public School System
P.O. Box 501370
Saipan, MP 96950
(670) 237-3029
E-mail: nichollsj@pss.cnmi.mp
Web: www.pss.cnmi.mp

Ohio
State Department of Education: Special Education
Thomas Scheid, Director
Office for Exceptional Children
Ohio Department of Education
25 S. Front Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 466-2650
E-mail: thomas.scheid@ode.state.oh.us
Web: www.ode.state.oh.us

Oklahoma
State Department of Education: Special Education
Misty Kimbrough, Assistant State Superintendent Special Education Services
Department of Education
2500 N. Lincoln Boulevard, Suite 412
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599
(405) 521-4873
E-mail: misty_kimbrough@sde.state.ok.us
Web: www.sde.state.ok.us

Oregon
State Department of Education: Special Education
Nancy J. Latini, Ph.D., Associate Superintendent
Office of Student Learning and Partnerships
Department of Education
255 Capitol Street N.E.
Salem, OR 97310-0203
(503) 947-5600
E-mail: nancy.latini@state.or.us
Web: www.ode.state.or.us

Pennsylvania
State Department of Education: Special Education
John J. Tommasini, Director
Bureau of Special Education
Department of Education
333 Market Street, 7th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
(717) 783-6913
Special Education Consultline: (800) 879-2301(V/TTY)
Web: www.pde.state.pa.us

Puerto Rico
Department of Education: Special Education
Dr. Ernesto Perez
Assistant Secretary of Special Education
Department of Education
P.O. Box 190759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759
(787) 753-7981; (787) 753-0015 (Fax)
E-mail: rosario_so@de.gobierno.pr

Rhode Island
State Department of Education: Special Education
Kenneth G. Swanson, Director
Office of Special Populations
Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
255 Westminster Street, Room 400, Shepard Building
Providence, RI 02903-3400
(401) 222-3505
Web: www.ride.ri.gov

South Carolina
State Department of Education: Special Education
Susan DuRant, Director
South Carolina Department of Education
Office of Exceptional Children
1429 Senate Street, Room 808
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 734-8224
E-mail: sdurant@ed.sc.gov
Web: www.ed.sc.gov

South Dakota
State Department of Education: Special Education
Ann Larsen, Director
Special Education Programs
Department of Education
Office of Educational Services and Supports
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 5750l-2291
(605) 773-3678
E-mail: ann.larsen@state.sd.us
Web: http://doe.sd.gov/oess/sped.asp

Tennessee
State Department of Education: Special Education
Joseph Fisher, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Special Education
Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower, 7th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN 37243-0380
(615) 741-2851; (888) 212-3162
E-mail: joe.fisher@state.tn.us
Web: www.state.tn.us/education/speced/

Texas
State Department of Education: Special Education
Gene Lenz, Deputy Associate Commissioner
Special Programs, Monitoring, and Interventions
Texas Education Agency
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1494
(512) 463-9414; (800) 252-9668
E-mail: sped@tea.state.tx.us
Web: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed/

Utah
State Department of Education: Special Education
Nan Gray, Director
At Risk and Special Education Services
State Office of Education
250 East 500 South
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
(801) 538-7757
E-mail: nan.gray@schools.utah.gov
Web: www.schools.utah.gov

Vermont
State Department of Education: Special Education
Karin Edwards, Director
Student Support Services
120 State Street, State Office Building
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
(802) 828-2755
E-mail: karin.edwards@state.vt.us
Web: www.state.vt.us/educ/new/html/pgm_sped.html

Virgin Islands
Department of Education: Special Education
Carrie S. Johns, State Director
State Office of Special Education
Special Education/Department of Education
1834 Kongens Gade
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas, VI 00802-6746
(340) 774-4399
E-mail: cjohns@usviosep.org

Virginia
State Department of Education: Special Education
H. Douglas Cox, Assistant Superintendent
Division of Special Education and Student Services
Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
(804) 225-3252; (800) 292-3820
E-mail: doug.cox@doe.virginia.gov
Web: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/special_ed/index.shtml

Washington
State Department of Education: Special Education
Douglas Gill, Director
Special Education Operations
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
(360) 725-6075
E-mail: speced@k12.wa.us
Web: www.k12.wa.us/specialed

West Virginia
State Department of Education: Special Education
Dr. Lynn Boyer, Executive Director
Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning
Department of Education
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Building 6, Room 304
Charleston, WV 25305-0330
(304) 558-2696; (800) 642-8541
E-mail: lboyer@access.k12.wv.us
Web: http://wvde.state.wv.us/ose

Wisconsin
State Department of Education: Special Education
Carolyn Stanford Taylor, Assistant State Superintendent
Stephanie Petska, Director of Special Education
Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy
125 S. Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
(608) 266-1781; (800) 441-4563
E-mail: stephanie.petska@dpi.state.wi.us
Web: www.dpi.state.wi.us/dpi/dlsea/een

Wyoming
State Department of Education: Special Education
Peg Brown, State Director for Special Education
Wyoming Department of Education
320 W. Main Street
Riverton, WY 82501
(307) 777-2555
E-mail: pbrown@educ.state.wy.us
Web: www.k12.wy.us