Otto-Eldred
School District

Special & Gifted Education

The Otto-Eldred School District offers a wide-range of educational services for students with special needs. The majority of our special education students are provided with educational services within the district. If a student presents with significant academic, behavioral, social, and/or emotional needs that cannot be met within our district, we have intensive educational programming outside of the Otto-Eldred School District that we are able to access. Otto-Eldred School District will provide FAPE for any enrolling student.

Otto-Eldred School District operates a Gifted Education Program. Students who qualify with a need for Gifted Education will receive that programming during their academic day.  

If you have questions or concerns about our Special Education Programs or Gifted Education Program, you may contact Lindsay Burns, Principal of Elementary and Special Education at (814) 817-1388 or via email at lburns@ottoeldred.org.

Act 55

Act 55 permits a student with a disability who was enrolled during the 2021–2022 school year and turned age 21 during the 2021–2022 school year or between the end of the 2021–2022 and the beginning of the 2022–2023 school year to attend a school entity during the 2022–2023 school year and receive services as outlined on their most recent individualized education program (IEP) with all the protections under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The form below must be completed by the guardian/parent and student and submitted to the LEA by August 1, 2022.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Lindsay A. Burns, director of pupil services and special education via email.

Meet Our Staff

Lindsay Burns
Director of Pupil Services and Special Education
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Suzanne Strait
Secretary to the Superintendent / Secretary for Special and Gifted Education
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Jenna Donaldson
School Psychologist
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Jamie Breese
High School Learning Support Teacher
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Rachel Burkhouse
Elementary Gifted Support Teacher
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Jessica Clark
High School Learning Support Teacher
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Nicole Cochran
Elementary Learning Support Teacher
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Nicole Graham
Elementary Emotional Support Teacher
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Virgil Graham
High School Emotional Support Teacher
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Teri Lucas
Elementary Learning Support Teacher
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Tammi Rouff
High School Learning Support Teacher
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Megan Sherwood
Elementary Life Skills Teacher
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Lorinda Smith
Speech and Language Therapist
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