The Agency of Education (AOE) handles making sure that federal and Vermont state regulations are followed so that students with disabilities can have access to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). To do this well, the special education team commits to supporting families and Vermont schools that educate students with disabilities. We provide support in the form of both resources and technical assistance. Please contact our team. We're here to help!
Special Education Team
Special Education Technical Assistance is available 24 hours/day through the general email and voicemail system. These methods of communication are monitored regularly during business hours and a response is generally provided within 1 business day: AOE.SpecialEd@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1255.
State Director of Special Education: Jacqueline Kelleher, MA, Ph.D.
Coordinator for Behavioral Supports: Tracy Harris
Early Childhood Special Ed/IDEA 619 Coordinator: Katie McCarthy
IDEA Part B Data Manager: Samantha Steiner
Inclusion and Low Incidence Disabilities Coordinator: Chris Kane
Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator: John Spinney
Special Ed Monitoring Coordinator/SSIP Coordinator: Tonya Rutkowski
Special Ed Monitoring Specialist: Amy Murphy
Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities
Rights of Parents of Students with Disabilities can be found on Families Resources webpage.