Heartland Area Education Agency

Family & Educator Partnership (FEP)

The Family & Educator Partnership (FEP) encourages and promotes positive partnerships between parents and educators so that children with special needs are successful. Our FEP coordinators are parents of children or young adults with special needs, so they share a unique perspective with the families they serve. They provide support and information to families individually and through parent workshops and support groups. They also facilitate linkages between families, schools and community agencies.

Contact the FEP coordinator assigned to your school district if you need assistance or information about the following:

  • Conferences, workshops or networking groups
  • Parent/student rights and responsibilities
  • Understanding special education
  • Community resources, camps and leisure activities
  • Transition: beginning by age 14--preparing a student in special education to move from high school to the workplace or higher education.
  • Managing challenging behaviors at home

Join the FEP email list to receive notifications of FEP workshops and events. There is no cost, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Family & Educator Coordinators

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Terry Mendell, Lead Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 17135

Districts: Knoxville, Pella, Pleasantville, Twin Cedars
 

Jan Mackey (Des Moines Schools)
(515) 242-7556

Districts: Des Moines
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Susan Becker
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14492

Districts: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Dallas Center-Grimes, Earlham, Johnston, Perry, Saydel, Van Meter, Waukee, West Des Moines, Winterset, Woodward-Granger
 

Kari Paulsen
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14493

Districts: Ankeny, Johnston, Urbandale, West Des Moines
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Kate Boonstra
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14625

Districts: Baxter, Bondurant-Farrar, Colfax-Mingo, Lynnville-Sully, Newton, North Polk, PCM, Southeast Polk
 

Maureen Schletzbaum
(800) 255-0405 ext. 16299

Districts: Carlisle, Indianola, I-35, Martensdale-St. Marys, Melcher-Dallas, Norwalk, Southeast Warren
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Jamie Gurganus
(800) 255-0405 ext. 12327

Districts: Ames, Ballard, Boone, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-Nesco, Gilbert, Madrid, Nevada, Ogden, Roland-Story, United
 

Margee Shaffer
(800) 255-0405 ext. 13305

Districts: Adair-Casey, Audubon, Carroll, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Exira-EHK, Glidden-Ralston, Guthrie Center, Panorama, West Central Valley
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