Special Services

The Puyallup School District Special Education Department continues to connect with our community, the District, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide families with up-to-date information regarding our school closure. We will be working on providing educational resources and activities that reinforce and maintain learning that has occurred to date.  Special Education staff will be communicating with families regarding resources and strategies that support individual students. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We maintain our concern for the health and well-being of our students, families, and staff during this unprecedented health situation. If you have questions you are welcome to reach out to the Special Education Director that supports the school your student attends via email or phone at (253) 841-8700 (see table below).

Karen Mool,
Executive Director of Special Education



Directors of Special Education


Karen Van Wieringen

ERHS, RHS, PHS, WHS, Ballou JH, Ferrucci JH, Glacier View JH, Kalles JH, Stahl JH, & Summit/Advance

Kim Leger

Aylen JH, Edgemont JH, PODS/POA, Northwood, Mt. View, Karshner, Spinning, & Waller Road

Lisa Rodside

Edgerton, Firgrove, Fruitland, Hunt, Meeker, Pope, Sunrise, & Woodland

Kelly Carrick

Brouillet, Carson, Dessie Evans, Maplewood, Ridgecrest, Shaw Road, Stewart, Wildwood, & Zeiger

Special education is part of the instructional continuum of services and programs provided to meet the diverse needs, interests, and abilities of all students. District curriculum is modified, supplemented, or differentiated to provide appropriate individually designed services.

The following lists various services and programs provided through Puyallup School District Special Services.

TITLE I/LEARNING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LAP) provides supplemental services in reading, writing, or mathematics to struggling students.

HEALTH SERVICES SUPPORT provides services to students having medical or health-related concerns. Currently our staff includes Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nurse Assistants.

SPECIAL EDUCATION provides a full continuum of services for students with disabilities, ages 3-21 within an appropriate, individualized program for each student in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

Karen Mool
Executive Director of Special Education

Alissa McCoy
Special Services Compliance Manager

Teresa Petitt
Special Services
Administrative Assistant

Kelly Carrick
Director of Special Education

Kim Leger
Director of Special Education

Lisa Rodside
Director of Special Education

Karen VanWieringen
Director of Special Education

Traci M Frank
Director of Title I and LAP

Emily Powell
Health Services Coordinator

214 W. Main
Puyallup, WA 98371

253-841-8655 (fax)