The Central Intermediate Unit (CIU) Special Education Department assists member schools in meeting the educational needs of students with disabilities. Special education services include programming for preschool, elementary, and secondary students who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs). 

Itinerant staff members provide services to eligible students, including speech therapy, occupational therapy (OT), physical therapy (PT), teachers of the hearing impaired, teachers of the visually impaired, special physical education, educational interpreters, and personal care aides.  Services typically include assessment for eligibility, program planning, direct therapy, and consultation. Services may be provided in an individual and/or group setting as determined by the IEP team.  The CIU provides these services to schools on a contractual basis.

The CIU provides special education and regular education services in our three county prisons, located in Bellefonte, Clearfield, and Lock Haven for students that are under the age of 21 and have not received their high school diploma as well as services at the Centre County Youth Detention Center in Bellefonte.

The CIU employees Social Workers and School Psychologists that provide services across our three counties. 

The CIU provides training and consultation services (TaC) to school districts in partnership with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE). 

TaC services are currently offered in the areas of:

  • Assistive Technology (AT)
  • Autism (ASD)
  • Behavior
  • Inclusive Practices (LRE)
  • Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)
  • Secondary Transition

Staff

Photo of Dr. Michele Hammersla-Quick
Special Education and Non-Public Student Service Director
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3033
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Photo of Michelle Shirk
Principal of Student Services
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3045
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School Psychologist Special Education
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Physical Therapist Special Education
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Photo of Dr. Elizabeth Beckman-Nemenz
Physical Therapist
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Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3070
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Photo of Katie Bish
Special Education Supervisor
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3025
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Social Worker
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Speech Therapist
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Teacher of the Visually Impaired
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Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3034
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Work Phone: 814-342-0884
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Administrative Assistant
Work Phone: 814-342-0884
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Classroom Assistant
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School Counsler Central Intermediate Unit 10Special Education
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Photo of Erin Cernuska
Special Education Supervisor
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Administrative Assistant
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3040
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Speech Therapist
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Occupational Therapist Central Intermediate Unit 10Special Education
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Personal Care Assistant
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Speech Therapist
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Photo of Ryan Gill
Educational Consultant
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Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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Classroom Assistant
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Social Worker
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Communications Facilitator
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Social Studies Teacher Central Intermediate Unit 10Special Education
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Classroom Assistant
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Photo of Leanna Keegan
Principal of Student Services / Educational Consultant
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3025 Work Phone: 814-419-9449
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Teacher of the Visually Impaired
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3038
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Photo of Stephanie King
Speech Therapist / Educational Consultant
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Teacher
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Administrative Assistant
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3074
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Interpreter
Work Phone: 814-378-7693
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Occupational Therapist
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Photo of Dr. Gina MacFalls
Special Education Supervisor / Educational Consultant
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Social Worker
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Social Worker
Work Phone: 814-592-0757
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Developmental Teacher Preschool/EI
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Physical Therapist Central Intermediate Unit 10Special Education
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School Psychologist
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Interpreter
Work Phone: 814-236-2390
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Teacher Central Intermediate Unit 10Special Education
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Teacher of the Visually Impaired
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Classroom Assistant
Work Phone: 814-765-0292
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Photo of Dawn Moss
Educational Consultant
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Speech Therapist
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Teacher
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Long Term Speech-Language Pathologist Special Education
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Teacher
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Occupational Therapist
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Physical Therapist
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Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
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Educational Consultant Special Education
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Photo of Heather Spotts
Educational Consultant
Cell Phone: 814-592-2988
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Occupational Therapist
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Teacher
Work Phone: 814-422-2000 Extension: x2229
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Administrative Assistant
Work Phone: 814-342-0884 Extension: 3065
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Teacher of the Visually Impaired / Orientation and Mobility Specialist
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Teacher
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Occupational Therapist
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