Child Find:
School districts must identify, locate and evaluate all resident children with disabilities, regardless of the severity of the disability, who are in need of early intervention, early childhood special education, or special education services, including:

  • Highly mobile children with disabilities (such as migrant and homeless children)
  • Children who are wards of the state
  • Indian preschool children who reside on reservations
  • Children who are suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade
  • Children enrolled in public charter schools
  • Children who are home schooled
  • Children below the age of compulsory school attendance who are not enrolled in a public or private school program; and
  • Children above the age of compulsory school attendance who have not graduated with a regular high school diploma

If you have or know of a student that may need special education or related services, please contact Special Education Director, Stacey Dills, at 503-355-3556 or

Child Find notices are also include in the Headlight Herald for all Tillamook County Schools, and the student handbooks provided at the beginning of each year.

Response to Intervention (RtI) » Evaluation » Eligibility:
Neah-Kah-Nie School District utilizes a combination of “Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses and Response to Intervention” to determine eligibility for special education services.

Parent Participation in pre-referral, referral and evaluation process is essential to developing the best educational program for all of our students whether or not they are eligible for special education and related services.

Notice of Procedural Safeguards:
School districts must give parents a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards at a minimum only one time per year, except that a copy must be given to the parents:

  • Upon initial referral or parent request for evaluation
  • Upon request by a parent; and
  • Also to the child, at least a year before the child’s 18th birthday

Notice of Procedural Safeguards is sent to all eligible Neah-Kah-Nie students at the beginning of the school year through the mail and are offered at each IEP meeting.  At any time, a copy of the most current procedural safeguards may be requested by contacting any school’s special education teacher, the district special education secretary, Karen Wheeler, at 503-355-3630, or by clicking a link below:



Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education services (EI/ECSE)
Contact: Northwest Regional Education Service District at 503-842-8423.

Restraint and De-Escalation Report

ODE Special Education Report Card [Spanish]

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:

Some children may have a disability that affects a major life activity, but they do not meet the eligibility criteria under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These children may be protected by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504) is a federal civil rights statute which provides that:  “No otherwise qualified individual with disabilities in the United States…shall solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

For more information, please contact the 504 Coordinator at your child’s school:

Nehalem Elementary:  Cherie Hasenoehrl (503) 355-3657

Garibaldi Grade School:  Cherie Hasenoehrl (503) 355-3529

Neah-Kah-Nie Middle School:  Rob Herder (503) 355-3604

Neah-Kah-Nie High school:  Esther Troyer (503) 355-3588

Restraint and De-Escalation Report

ODE Special Education Report Card [Spanish]

Our Staff

Karen Wheeler
Karen WheelerSpecial Education Secretary
Kandi Spitzer
Kandi SpitzerSpecial Education Teacher - GES
Ellie Hilger
Ellie HilgerSpecial Education Teacher
Kelly Thayer
Kelly ThayerSpecial Education Teacher - HS
Jake Shipman
Jake ShipmanSpecial Education Teacher - MS
Carlotta Roddy
Carlotta RoddySpecial Education Teacher MS/HS
Brianna Moses
Brianna MosesSpecial Education Teacher - NES
Dave Whitman
Dave WhitmanNWRESD School Psychologist