Iowa Family & Educator Partnership

FEP logoThe Iowa Family & Educator Partnership (Iowa FEP) provides parents and educators with opportunities to work together in positive ways to improve educational programs for children/youth with special needs.

The Iowa FEP operates through each of the Area Education Agencies and is part of a statewide network. We consist of Family & Educator Coordinators (parents of children with special needs) and an Educator Representative (special education division staff member).

The Iowa Family & Educator Partnership works to develop and sustain effective partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote success for all children and youth with disabilities.

The Family & Educator Partnership helps families and educators by:

  • Answering questions either by phone, e-mail or in person.
  • Referring to other resources.
  • Assisting with the communication process between families and schools.
  • Providing information about the IEP/IFSP process.
  • Review of procedural safeguards.
  • Help prepare for a meeting.
  • Attend IEP/IFSP or other school meetings as requested by the local school, AEA staff or parents.
  • Helping a family develop a vision for the student’s future.
  • Providing workshops on transition related topics.
  • Sharing information about community resources.
  • Collaborating with other agencies on family support and transition related issues.

Important contacts

Staff Directory
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Deborah Maguire

Family and Education Partner

712-458-7011 Email Deborah Maguire
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McKaylee Heuton

Family and Education Partner

515-206-7112 Email McKaylee Heuton
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Debra Shelton

ECSE Teacher/Consultant; Parent-Educator

515-705-7179 Email Debra Shelton