Special education is specially designed instruction, support, and services provided to students with an identified disability requiring an individually designed instructional program to meet their unique learning needs. The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential.
In carrying out its responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Educational Improvement Act (IDEA, 2004) and the Iowa Administrative Rules of Special Education, the Special Education Division carries out child find and evaluation activities in accordance with the Area Education Agencies Special Education Procedures Manual, and provides support and related services to eligible individuals as determined by Individual Education Plan (IEP) teams.
Services are provided for children birth through the age of 21 and can be accessed through requests made by parents or school personnel. Click here to learn the PLAEA staff supporting your school. Each school district is assigned a Regional Administrator that serves as the primary contact for PLAEA services within in the district.
Kris Ahrens - Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Eagle Grove, Northeast Hamilton, South Hamilton, Stratford, Webster City
Teresa Alesch - Clay Central-Everly, Harris-Lake Park, Okoboji, Spencer, Spirit Lake
Pam Stangeland - Fort Dodge
Kevin Lein - East Sac County, Greene County, Odebolt-Arthur (OABCIG), Paton-Churdan, Prairie Valley & Southeast Webster-Grand (Southeast Valley), South Central Calhoun
Christine Wells - Algona, Estherville Lincoln Central, Graettinger-Terril & Ruthven-Ayrshire (GTRA), Estherville Lincoln Central, North Union/North Kossuth
Linda Spencer- Gilmore City-Bradgate, Emmetsburg, Humboldt, Laurens-Marathon, Manson Northwest Webster, Pocahontas Area, Twin Rivers
Jennifer Sammons - Alta-Aurelia, Albert City-Truesdale, Newell-Fonda, Schaller-Crestland, Sioux Central, Storm Lake
Randy Allison, Ed.S.
Acting Director of Special Education
Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency
Address: 6445 Corporate Drive, Johnston IA, 50131
Office: 515-270-0405 or 800-255-0405 Ext. 14569