Special Education


The Rainier School District Special Education Program strives to support all students and their families who meet the special education eligibility requirements of IDEA. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal special education law that requires school districts to provide a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities. A free appropriate education means special education and related services, described in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and provided to children in the least restrictive environment. 


Special education services are provided for students meeting IDEA eligibility criteria in the following areas:


    Autism Spectrum Disorder

    Developmental Delay

    Communication Disorder


    Emotionally Disturbed

    Hearing Impaired

    Intellectual Disability

    Orthopedic Impaired

    Other Health Impaired

    Specific Learning Disability

    Traumatic Brain Injury

    Vision Impaired


Child Find Requirements:


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that school districts provide a free and appropriate education to all disabled children and young adults from birth through 21 years of age. The Rainier School District requests assistance with the identification of any disabled children ages 0 through 21, who are not enrolled or currently being served in one of the District's schools.


If you know of any disabled children ages 0 through 21, who are not receiving education services, please call the Rainier School District Special Services Department at (503) 556-3777 or complete the form to request additional information about our services.

Director of Special Services

Shayne Ochoa

Phone:(503)556-3777 ext 413



Special Services Secretary

Melissa Pratt

Phone:(503)556-3777 ext 412


Our Staff

Cara Mortlock

Cara Morlock

Cindy Coughlin


Tracy Williams

Tracy Williams
Scott Wolterman
Scott Wolterman

Amber Stout

Amber Stout

Melissa Hood

Melissa Hood

Leora Newton

Leora Newton

Cassandra Jones

Kristi Crape

Keri Gray

Keri Gray

Makayla Ellis

Mary Harrington

Diane Pruyne

Diane Pryune

Brenda Cameron

Brenda Cameron

Jenna Lefebvre

Jenna Lefebvre

Ryan Garner

Mica Lires

Kelly White

Brittney Cantrell

Analisa Howard

Julie Larson

Annabelle Ferrin

Sheila Heflin

Chloe Buck

Chloe Buck

Ashley Byrum

Cynthia McCormick