Special Education Programs

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Contact Information

Special Education Programs Division Director
Margee Robertson
(307) 777-2870
Special Education Systems Administrator, Part B Data Manager
Susan Shipley
(307) 777-2925
Dispute Resolution Coordinator
Reithel Mercer
(307) 777-2961
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Outreach Supervisor
Billie Wortham
(307) 274-1391
Vision Outreach Services Program Manager
Leslie Bechtel Van Orman
(307) 857-9267
Monitoring Supervisor
Sheila Thomalla
(307) 777-6468

The WDE’s Special Education Programs Division announces the return of the annual in-person Week of Academic Vision for Excellence (WAVE) Conference to be held at the Central Wyoming College in Riverton from July 26-28. The WDE will offer this conference at no cost for 2022. This conference is relevant for educators, parents, and other Wyoming stakeholders. State and national presenters will cover topics such as trauma response, behavior/discipline, and Special Education law.

Join department staff for a meet-and-greet reception on July 26 at the Riverton Country Club. Due to limited space, pre-registration for this event is required by July 5. A ticket will be provided for admittance when participants pick up their name tags at the conference registration table.

Registration will close on July 5, 2022.

  • Register for the conference here.
  • 2022 WAVE Conference schedules, presenter session descriptions, presenter bios, and venue information can be found here.

For more information, contact Deana Smith at 307-777-5326 or deana.smith@wyo.gov or Jennifer Duncan at 307-777-3530 or jennifer.duncan@wyo.gov.

WAVES 2021-22

Web-based Academic Vision for Excellence Seminars

WAVES is a series of  1-to-3-hour live presentations delivered virtually by locally- and nationally recognized experts on a variety of topics important to all Wyoming educators.  Administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents can receive ongoing professional development free of charge  by attending the live sessions or by viewing the recorded sessions.   PTSB and STARS credit will be offered for live and recorded sessions.   Winter/spring WAVES sessions will resume in January 2022. 

WAVES 2021-22 Winter/Spring Schedule and Registration

View Archived WAVES Sessions and Materials

Special Education Paraprofessional Training Series

This series focuses on professionalism, ethics, and confidentiality; behavior management strategies; high-leverage practices to support students; and effective teacher-para collaboration strategies.

The Project WIN website is a clearinghouse of the Wyoming Department of Education, Division of Special Education Programs that provides information about special education resources, evidence-based instructional practices, professional development and events to educators, families and other agencies. The website is funded by a State Personnel Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).  

Visit the Project WIN website.