• Free, live coding workshops for kids May 24, 2020
    From creating online games to building websites, students now have access to free, live online coding workshops through the Ministry of Education website Keep Learning BC.
  • K-12 students to have optional in-class instruction on June 1 May 15, 2020
    Parents will have the choice of bringing their children back to class on a part-time basis this school year as part of BC’s Restart Plan, with the goal of returning to full-time classes in September 2020, provided it is safe to do so.
  • Joint statement on Child and Youth Mental Health Day May 7, 2020
    Judy Darcy, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions; Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children and Family Development; and Rob Fleming, Minister of Education; have released the following statement in recognition of National Child and Youth Mental Health Day:
  • Teachers, students playing virtually before Music Monday May 3, 2020
    Music Monday will be very different this year for students and teachers, but for Karen Withers’ class, their Monday lesson will start the way it always does - whether in school or virtually - with a joke:

The Learner Support Team (Special Needs Education) provides both direct and consultative services to students with special needs and the staff that supports them.  Our team works in partnership with school-based staff to
address the challenges faced by students with exceptionalities.  We work collaboratively with parents, teachers and community agencies to provide a range of support services designed to enable students to be successful in meeting their educational goals.  The programs offered support student learning by providing intervention and enrichment for all students and the educational community.  There are a variety of programs designed to assist students.  Curriculum can be adapted and/or modified based on individual student needs.  Programs include prevention and intervention, special education services, health information and services, and parenting programs.

Inclusion within Coast Mountains School District
Inclusion is the belief that all students should, where possible, receive their education in age-appropriate regular classrooms in their neighbourhood schools.  The school district, together with parents, determines the support(s) needed for successful inclusion.  Inclusion is a continuum of options designed to foster the feelings of belonging, acceptance and community.

Learner Support Department contacts:


Director of Instruction, Learner Support
Julia Nieckarz
Tel: 250-638-4415
  Email: julia.nieckarz@cmsd.bc.ca
Administrative Secretary, Learner Support
Ivy Sorensen
Tel: 250-638-4453
  Email: ivy.sorensen@cmsd.bc.ca
Speech Language Pathologist
Janine Lebeter Tel: 250-635-7066, Ext. 8319
  Email: janine.lebeter@cmsd.bc.ca
Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Carol Rauschenberger Tel: 250-635-6531, Ext. 8122
  Email: carol-ann.rauschenberger@cmsd.bc.ca
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Nici DeCario Tel: 250-615-3050
  Email: nici.decario@cmsd.bc.ca
Teacher of the English Language Learning
Karen Andrews Tel: 250-638-0306, Ext. 7651
  Email: karen.andrews@cmsd.bc.ca




























The main offices of the Learner Support Department are located at the Coast Mountains Board of Education Office Complex, 3211 Kenney Street, Terrace, V8G 3E9  (Building B).

New Student with Special Needs?
If you are new to Coast Mountains School District and your child has special needs:

  • Register your child in your neighbourhood school.
  • Notify the principal that your child has an IEP and/or behaviour support plan.
  • Provide a copy of your child’s IEP to the neighbourhood school.
  • The school will work with district staff to provide your child with the appropriate resources.



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Coming Events

  • March 17 - The provincial government suspended in-class instruction in all BC schools until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • May 6 - Education Committee Meeting (cancelled)
  • May 13 - Business Committee Meeting (rescheduled date)
  • May 18 - Victoria Day Holiday
  • May 27 - Cancelled Regular Public Board Meeting
  • May 29 - Professional Development Day