Exceptional Child Education

Welcome to the Exceptional Child Education webpage.

This site provides information about special education services at Anchorage School.  Contact Kristy Clark, Director of Special Education, with any questions you may have about the ECE program at Anchorage.


  • Rachel Benavidez
    Rachel is the Speech-Language Pathologist at Anchorage School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Rank I certification through Western Kentucky University. Before coming to Anchorage School, she lived and worked in Hardin County. Rachel has 16 years of experience in the field of speech therapy working with children ranging in age from toddler all the way up through high school.
  • Kim George (K-4)
    Kim began teaching at Anchorage part-time in March, 2015.  This is her 19th year of teaching.  She has teaching experience as a special education teacher, grades Preschool through grade 12, and in grades K, 1, 2, and 4.  Before coming to Anchorage, she taught in Oldham County for 15 years and for 1 year in Jefferson County.   Kim earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kentucky, and her Masters of Arts in Teaching, Learning and Behavior Disorders Certification, and Rank 1 Teaching Certification from Bellarmine University.  She has been married for 31 years to her wonderful husband, Scott, a talented carpenter, and has two terrific children, Samantha-28, and Jake-22.  She has a beautiful, one-year-old granddaughter, Cameron, and two crazy dogs, Rudy and Teddy, who keep her busy and smiling outside of school.  She loves teaching at Anchorage, and feels fortunate to have been able to join the Anchorage school family.
  • Casey Sentz (Strive)
    Casey has been teaching students with moderate to severe disabilities since 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ball State University and a master’s degree in Special Education from University of Louisville. Casey began working at Anchorage as an ECE instructional assistant in 2008 before heading to Oldham County to teach for two years. She returned to her school home of Anchorage in 2012. Her husband, John, is also a teacher and they have two really cute kids.
  • Steve Stewart (7/8)
    Steve Stewart is an ECE Teacher at Anchorage School.  He has been with Anchorage since 2013 and absolutely loves the academic environment this school provides for himself and the students. He currently works with 7th and 8th-grade students who receive ECE services through an Individual Education Program (IEP).  Steve provides services which are carried out either in a pull-out setting in the resource classroom or in a co-teaching environment in the general education classroom.  He collaborates with general education teachers and related service staff to ensure IEPs are being implemented across all settings.
  • Therese Vali (6)
    Therese graduated from WKU with degrees in Learning and Behavior Disorders and Counseling, with emphasis on students with behavior disorders and autism in grades K-12. She retired with 27 years of teaching experience, after working primarily with students with autism and behavior disorders. She is very excited to be teaching part-time at Anchorage.
  • Johnna Van Zant (5-6)
    I graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BS in Special Education: LBD/MSD. This is my 3rd year at Anchorage and I’m super excited to make it the best year yet!

Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA)

The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) was originally passed in 1975 and most recently reauthorized in 2007.  This act guides states in the provision of special education services for students with educational disabilities.

The Anchorage Independent School District has adopted local district procedures that describe how the school will implement services for students with disabilities.  The Anchorage Independent School Exceptional Child Procedures are approved by the Anchorage Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education. (Link to AISD Procedures)

Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)    

Anchorage Independent School District provides a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students with disabilities (ages 3-21) who reside in the Anchorage School District.  Special education services are at no cost to parents.

Disability Categories                                                                                                      

IDEA sets forth 13 categories of educational disabilities.  A student may be eligible in one or more areas of disability.

  1. Autism
  2. Developmental Delay (DD)
  3. Deaf/Blind
  4. Emotional Behavior Disability (EBD)
  5. Hearing Impairment (HI)
  6. Multiple Disability (MD)
  7. Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  8. Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  9. Mental Disability 1. Mild Mental Disability (MMD) 2. Functional Mental Disability (FMD)
  10. Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  11. Speech and Language Impairment (SLI)
  12. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  13. Visual Impairment (VI)

Related Services

Services are available to all students meeting eligibility in one or more of the 13 disability categories.  Related services are also available based on individual student needs.  Examples are related services include:

  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • speech/language services
  • transportation
  • interpreting services

Child Find

Anchorage Independent School District includes the involvement of parents and the community in the Child Find process.  Child Find is a system to locate, evaluate and identify students with disabilities living in the Anchorage School District.

Admissions and Release Committee                                                                                                                        

The Admissions and Release Committee (ARC) is the decision making committee for students with disabilities.  Members of an ARC include the parent(s) of the student, a general education teacher, a special education teacher, and ARC Chairperson, and other members as appropriate.

Individual Education Program (IEP)

The ARC develops an Individual Education Program (IEP) for a student who meets eligibility for one or more of the disability areas.

Special Education Procedural Safeguards

As the parent of a child who may receive special education services, you have certain rights that are guaranteed by federal law: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  These rights include your right to participate in meetings dealing with the identification, evaluation, and educational placement of your child and the provision of a free appropriate public education.

Please click here to see the federal Special Education Procedural Safeguards.

Crusade For Children
Anchorage School is proud to be a WHAS Crusade for Children grant recipient. For more information of the WHAS Crusade for Children, please visit their website by clicking here.

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Contact Information

Kristy Clark Director of Special Education