Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) work collaboratively with local school districts, families and educators to impact the lives of over 517,000 Iowa children, birth through age 21. Almost 65,930 Iowa students have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). About 2,700 children from birth-age 3 are on an Individual Family Service Plan.
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.
Kris Ahrens is the Prairie Lakes AEA Special Education Director.
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.
Teresa Alesch - Clay Central-Everly, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven/Ayrshire, Harris-Lake Park, Okoboji, Spencer, Spirit Lake
Pam Stangeland - Eagle Grove & Fort Dodge
Jenn Peter- Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, Greene County, Northeast Hamilton, Paton-Churdan, South Hamilton, Southeast Valley (Prairie Valley & Southeast Webster - Grand), Stratford, Webster City
Chris Wells - Algona, Emmetsburg, Estherville Lincoln Central, Estherville Lincoln Central, LuVerne, North Union/North Kossuth, West Bend-Mallard
Molly Elston - East Sac County, Gilmore City-Bradgate, Humboldt, Manson Northwest Webster, Pocahontas Area, South Central Calhoun, Twin Rivers
Jennifer Sammons - Alta-Aurelia, Albert City-Truesdale, Laurens-Marathon, Newell-Fonda, Schaller-Crestland, Sioux Central, Storm Lake
Special Education Director
Phone: 515-606-7004 or 866-540-3858 ext. 6700