Heartland Area Education Agency

Parent & Educator Connection (PEC)

The Parent & Educator Connection (PEC) encourages and promotes positive partnerships between parents and educators so that children with special needs are successful. Our PEC 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 your PEC coordinator assigned to the district in which you live if you need assistance or information on the following:

  • Conferences, workshops or networking groups
  • Parent/student rights and responsibilities
  • Understanding special education
  • Community resources, camps and leisure activities
  • Transitioning students through grade levels
  • Building literacy skills at home
  • Managing challenging behaviors at home

To receive electronic copies of the newsletter and notifications of other PEC workshops and events, join the PEC mailing list. There is no cost, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Terry Mendell, PEC Lead Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 17135
Districts served: Knoxville, Pella, Pleasantville, Twin Cedars


Kari Paulsen, PEC Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14493
Districts served: Ankeny, Saydel, Urbandale

Susan Becker, PEC Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 11261
Districts served: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Dallas Center-Grimes, Earlham, Perry, Van Meter, Waukee, Winterset, Woodward-Granger


Maureen Schletzbaum, PEC Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 16299
Districts served: Carlisle, Indianola, I-35, Martensdale-St. Marys, Melcher-Dallas, Norwalk, Southeast Warren

Jamie Gurganus, PEC Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 12327
Districts served: Ames, Ballard, Boone, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-Nesco, Gilbert, Madrid, Nevada, Ogden, Roland-Story, United


Margee Shaffer, PEC Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 13305
Districts served: Adair-Casey, Audubon, Carroll, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Exira, Glidden-Ralston, Guthrie Center, Panorama, West Central Valley

Suzet Nelson, PEC Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14625
Districts served: Baxter, Bondurant-Farrar, Colfax-Mingo, Lynnville-Sully, Newton, North Polk, PCM, Southeast Polk


Mary Watkins, PEC Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14492
Districts served: Johnston, West Des Moines

Jan Mackey, Des Moines Schools
(515) 242-7556
District served: Des Moines




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