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SPED Department Contacts


Adams Elementary + PK Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Addenbrooke Classical Academy Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Addenbrooke Classical Grammar Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Addenbrooke Classical Secondary Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Alameda Intl. Jr/Sr Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Arvada K-8 Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Arvada Senior Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Arvada West Senior Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Bear Creek K-8 Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Bear Creek Senior Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Bell Middle Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Belmar Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Bergen Meadow Elem. Pk-2nd Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Bergen Valley Elem. 3rd-5th Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Blue Heron Elementary + PK Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Bradford K-8 North and South Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Brady Exploration Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Campbell Elementary Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Carmody Middle Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Chatfield Senior Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Coal Creek Canyon K-8 Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Collegiate Academy Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Colorow Elementary + PK Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Columbine Hills + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Columbine Senior Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Compass Montessori Golden Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Compass Montessori Wheat Ridge Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Conifer Senior Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Connections Learning Center Sarah Fournier 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Coronado Elementary + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Creighton Middle Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
D'Evelyn Jr/Sr Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Dakota Ridge Senior Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Deane Elementary Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Deer Creek Middle Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Dennison Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Devinny Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Doral Academy of Colorado Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Drake Middle Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Dunstan Middle Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Dutch Creek Elementary + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Edgewater Elementary + PK Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Eiber Elementary + PK Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Elk Creek Elementary + PK Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Emory Elementary Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Evergreen Middle Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Evergreen Senior Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Everitt Middle Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Excel Academy Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Fairmount Elementary Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Falcon Bluffs Middle Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Fitzmorris Elementary + PK Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Fletcher Miller + PK Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Foothills Elementary + PK Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Foster K-8 + PK Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Free Horizon Montessori (District Innovation School) + PK Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Fremont Elementary Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Glennon Heights Elementary Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Golden Senior Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Governor's Ranch Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Great Work Montessori Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Green Gables Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Green Mountain Elementary Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Green Mountain Senior Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Hackberry Hill Elementary Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Headstart - Jeffco Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Headstart - Lakewood Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Hutchinson Elementary + PK Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
JLRP Elementary Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
JLRP Secondary Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Jeffco Virtual Academy Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Jefferson Academy Elementary Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Jefferson Academy HS Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Jefferson County Open Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Jefferson Jr/Sr Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Ken Caryl Middle Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Kendallvue Elementary + PK Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Kendrick Lakes + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Kullerstrand Elementary + PK Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Kyffin Elementary + PK Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Lakewood Senior Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Lasley Elementary Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Lawrence Elementary + PK Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Leawood Elementary + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Lincoln Academy Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Little Elementary Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Long View Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Lukas Elementary Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Lumberg Elementary + PK Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Mandalay Middle Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Manning Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Maple Grove Elementary Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Marshdale Elementary Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
McLain Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Meiklejohn Elementary Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Mitchell Elementary Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Molholm Elementary + PK Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Montessori Peaks Academy Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Moore Middle Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Mortensen Elementary + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Mount Carbon Elementary + PK Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Mount View Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Mountain Phoenix Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Mountain Phoenix Community Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
NETS Jeb Brako 303-982-8513 [email protected]
New America School Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Normandy Elementary + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
North Arvada Middle Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Oberon Middle Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Outdoor Education Schools Multiple
POOD Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Parmalee Elementary Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Parr Elementary + PK Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Patterson International + PK Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Peak Expeditionary at Pennington + PK Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Peck Elementary Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Peiffer Elementary + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Pomona Senior Karin Neugebauer [email protected]
Powderhorn Elementary Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Pre-Schools Multiple
Prospect Valley Elementary Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Ralston Elementary Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
Ralston Valley Senior Sarah Cooksey 303-982-0777 [email protected]
ReConnect Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Red Rocks Elementary Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Rocky Mountain Deaf Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Rocky Mtn Academy Evergreen Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Rooney Ranch Elementary Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Rose Stein International + PK Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Ryan Elementary + PK Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Secrest Elementary + PK Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Semper Elementary + PK Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Shaffer Elementary + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Shelton Elementary + PK Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Sheridan Green Elementary + PK Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Sierra Elementary Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Slater Elementary + PK Jessica Goodkin 303-982-9703 [email protected]
Sobesky Academy Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
South Lakewood Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Standley Lake Senior Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Stevens Elementary + PK Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Stober Adena Miller 303-982-1535 [email protected]
Stony Creek + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Stott Elementary + PK Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Summit Ridge Middle Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
Swanson Elementary Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Thomson Elementary Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Three Creeks K-8 Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Transition Sites Jeb Brako 303-982-8513 [email protected]
Two Roads Charter School Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Ute Meadows Elementary + PK Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Van Arsdale Elementary + PK Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Vanderhoof Elementary Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Vivian Elementary + PK Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Warder Elementary + PK Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Warren Tech Sarah Fournier 303-982-0801 [email protected]
Wayne Carle Middle Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Weber Elementary Erin Frank 303-982-1726 [email protected]
Welchester Elementary + PK Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
West Jefferson Elementary + PK Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
West Jefferson Middle Amy Allen 303-982-8829 [email protected]
West Woods Elementary Lynea Pearson 303-982-3393 [email protected]
Westgate Elementary + PK Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Westridge Elementary Amy Geerts 303-982-1591 [email protected]
Wheat Ridge Senior Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]
Wilmore-Davis Elementary + PK Nicole Dallek 303-982-0030 [email protected]
Wilmot Elementary + PK Jill Leitner 303-982-3039 [email protected]
Witt Elementary + PK Kelly Klatt 303-982-6198 [email protected]
Woodrow Wilson Academy Karin Neugebauer 303-982-3065 [email protected]

Special Education Community Support Line



Amy Allen Assistant Director


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Amy is beginning her 7th year as a Special Education Assistant Director. Her current assignment includes the South/Mountain secondary schools and supervision of the district Behavior Analyst team.

She previously served as an Assistant Principal at Bear Creek High School for 8 years.  Prior to working in Jeffco, Amy was an Assistant Principal at Mountain Vista High School for 6 years.  She started her career in Texas as a high school business teacher. Amy earned a Bachelor of Business Administration at Stephen F. Austin University and a Masters of Education at Texas A&M Commerce.




Jeb Brako Assistant Director


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Jeb Brako is in his second year of service for Jefferson County Public Schools in the role of Assistant Director of Special Education. Prior to his current role, he worked as a special education teacher serving secondary aged students in Colorado’s rural mountain schools and before that, a 4th grade teacher in Cherry Creek School District. Jeb shares administrative leadership over several Jeffco Transition Services sites and supports special education teams at most centrally based Jeffco middle and high schools.

For 2021-22 Jeb Brako works with the following schools. All Transition Sites. Evergreen High School, Rose Stein, Dakota Ridge High School, Arvada High School, Arvada West High School, Sobesky, Fletcher Miller, Federal Center, Children's Hospital & UC Health.




Sarah Cooksey Assistant Director


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Sarah Cooksey is in her first year of service with Jeffco and is currently working with secondary schools in the central and north regions of the district. For the last 16 years, Sarah has worked as a Special Education Teacher in both Denver and Colorado Springs serving populations from kindergarten through high school with a variety of needs. In addition to teaching in the K-12 world, Sarah worked as a research assistant and lecturer in the teacher preparation program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. In this capacity, she worked to understand the educational structures, access, and supports that further outcomes for marginalized populations. Sarah’s journey in special education started at the age of nine after her sister suffered a life-altering car accident leaving her physically and cognitively disabled. Sarah has worked to advance outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families since then. Her passion for equity and inclusion are the cornerstones of her research endeavors and predicate her professional life. When Sarah has free time, she loves to be outside walking and hiking the foothills with her dogs.


Nicole Dallek Assistant Director


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Nicole is a New York native and has been living in Colorado since 2011. Prior to starting her new role as an assistant director, Nicole was a special education teacher for ten years in both Jeffco and Gunnison Watershed School District serving the elementary population. In addition to her role, she serves on the Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee (CSEAC) as the Special Education Directors representative. Nicole earned her Master’s degree in 2013 from Western Colorado University and her Bachelor’s degree in 2009 from the University at Buffalo. Most recently, she completed an additional Master’s degree from Colorado Northern University in Educational Leadership and Special Education Administration.

In her free time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew and their dog Baloo.


Sarah Fournier  Assistant Director


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Sarah is in her first year with Jeffco. She began her career working with teens and adults with mental health and substance use disorders in Massachusetts before transitioning into the field of education. Sarah has over a decade of experience in special education, both as a school social worker and an administrator. Most recently before coming to Jeffco, Sarah led seven separate school programs throughout Colorado for students with social, emotional, and behavioral needs along with two programs for students with Autism Spectrum and related disorders. Sarah holds a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University and a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University Chicago.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys skiing, climbing, hiking and spending time with her husband and their dogs.



Kelly Klatt Assistant Director 


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Originally from Minnesota, by way of Nebraska, Kelly Klatt is proud to say she has been a member of Team Jeffco for 16 years.  Kelly began her career in Jeffco as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher.  Prior to working in Jeffco she worked in a Day Treatment facility, was a child-care director and an in-home ABA provider.  This is Kelly’s 3rd year as Assistant Director of Special Education.  Kelly supports north area schools with and without Autism programs.  She is the Autism Lead, guiding the district teams/centers on policy and professional development, as well oversees the iReady Accommodation as part of Read Act.  This is her 21th year in Special Education.  She is passionate about supporting equity and inclusive practices for all students.  Outside of work, Kelly enjoys yoga, reading, participating in 5k races and triathlons, or spending time in the mountains with her husband and their 2 active boys. 



Adena Miller Assistant Director


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Adena Miller, Ph.D., has been committed to equity in education for over two decades. Her experiences range from teaching students in the classroom to coaching educators across the nation. Adena has co-authored special education policies at the Colorado Department of Education prior to conducting research evaluations of policy implementation at McREL International. Her passion for problem-solving the needs of struggling learners; building collaborative partnerships between professionals and families; and studying special education law inspires her work as an Assistant Director of Special Education in Jeffco Public Schools. Adena is driven to inspire, empower, teach, and learn within our community to meet the needs of all learners so that, together, we can improve outcomes for our students.


Karin Neugebauer Assistant Director



Lynea Pearson Assistant Director


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Lynea Pearson joined the Jeffco Public Schools team in 2015.  She started her career as a Speech Language Pathologist working in schools, hospitals, private practice and 10 years as a University Clinical Professor.  As an SLP, she specialized in Assistive Technology and Augmentative Alternative Communication.  Lynea has been in special education for over 25 years.  She currently supports the Birth to 5 Child Find evaluation team, Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as the brain injury (BrainSTEPs) consultation team. 


 Erin Frank  Director


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Erin is a Colorado native, a 2nd generation Jeffco student and 3rd generation Jeffco professional. She began working in the mental health field in 2002 as a counselor and director in treatment facilities and group homes. She joined Jeffco as a School Psychologist practicum student in the fall of 2005 and continued in the role of school psych supporting students in and out of Affective Needs (AN) programs through 2014 when she shifted into the role of Special Education Coordinator and then Assistant Director. Erin currently supports all schools with AN programs as well as leading the district work of Center Program Alignment. She also proudly supports schools without center programs and charter schools in the district.

Erin’s core value in supporting students with disabilities is ensuring that all students’ right to an inclusive education is the foundation of IEP decisions. Erin believes that students rise to high expectations and accomplish amazing things when they have the support of a collaborative team. As an Assistant Director, Erin’s primary role is to support direct partnerships between student families and the school professionals. Erin encourages all members of an IEP team to enter conversations ready to listen and consider everyone’s input with an open mind. She is grateful for each opportunity to grow and learn through interactions with Jeffco teams, students and families. 



Jessica Goodkin  Director


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Jessica Goodkin moved to Colorado in 1994 and attended UC Boulder for her undergraduate degree.  She received her Master’s in Special Education from UC Denver and has spent her entire educational career in Jeffco.  Jessica Goodkin is in her second year as an Assistant Director for special education. Prior to this, she worked as a learning specialist and then as an instructional coach.  This year, Jessica is the supervisor for the special education instructional coaches, and oversees Learning Ally.  Jessica is also the lead for the SSN center programs in the district.  When not working, you can find Jessica hiking, camping or snowboarding with her family all over Colorado.




Liza Meier  Executive Director 


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Liza is excited to work in Jeffco in order to create authentic, inclusive, and meaningful opportunities for all students, especially students with disabilities. For over 20 years, Liza has worked in the field of public education. 16 of these years have been spent in Jeffco working as a Special Education Teacher, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal and Assistant Director of Special Education before becoming a Director of Special Education.  She is dedicated to continued support of Jeffco Special Education professionals, students, and families.






Matt Palaoro  Chief Student Success Officer


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Matt Palaoro is a servant leader who believes relationships, collaboration, and communication are the main ingredients to a healthy school year and our overall success. He listens closely, focuses on the needs of kids, and always acts with integrity. Although Matt is new to being an Executive Director of Special Education, his experience as a Special Education Paraprofessional, Special Education Teacher, Assistive Technology Coordinator, Special Education Coordinator, Assistant Director of Special Education, and Director of Special Education have prepared him for his new leadership role. Matt holds an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado in Educational Leadership and Special Education Administration. You can expect honesty, strong communication, and a child-centered approach when working with Matt. He is committed to improving the outcomes of every student with a disability in Jeffco Public Schools, and he loves his job!




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