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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
  Fax: 1-888-281-1568
  Email: julia.nieckarz@cmsd.bc.ca
Secretary, Learner Support
Ivy Sorensen
Tel: 250-638-4453
  Fax: 1-888-281-1568
  Email: ivy.sorensen@cmsd.bc.ca
District Psychologist
Melanie Baerg
Tel: 250-638-4414
  Fax: 1-888-281-1568
  Email: melanie.baerg@cmsd.bc.ca
District Psychologist
Kathleen Cherry
Tel: 250-638-4402
  Fax: 1-888-281-1568
  Email: kathleen.cherry@cmsd.bc.ca
Speech Language Pathologist
Nathan Hoffart Tel: 250-638-4455
  Fax: 1-888-281-1568
  Email: nathan.hoffart@cmsd.bc.ca
Speech Language Pathologist
Tana Nenninger Tel: 250-638-4456
  Fax: 1-888-281-1568
  Email: tana.nenninger@cmsd.bc.ca
Teacher of the Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Jamie Corpuz Tel: 250-638-4454
  Fax: 1-888-281-1568
  Email: jamie.corpuz@cmsd.bc.ca
Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Nici Decario Tel: 250-638-4481
  Fax: 1-888-281-1568
  Email: nici.decario@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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