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USD 240 Special Education

USD 240 Special Education Department

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Mr. Nathan Bjelland Mrs. Jessica Gean Mrs. Desere Miller Mrs. Melanie Watson Mrs. Cathryn Wenthe  
nbjelland@usd240.org jgean@usd240.org dmiller@usd240.org mwatson@usd240.org cwenthe@usd240.org  
785-488-3321 785-488-3323 785-488-3223 785-283-4774 785-283-4774  

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Get to know your teacher

My original focus and pursuit to be an educator, I really thought I wanted to teach Elementary Education. When I started my student teaching through Kansas Wesleyan, I found myself focusing more on identified Sp.Ed. students. In my career in education grows I find myself yearning for more knowledge. However, my own learning disability negatively impacts my rate of learning. I find my ADHD makes me more relatable to my students, so I can make a positive impact.


I have been a teacher at Tescott for 18 years and love working with the students.  My goal with each of my students is to assist them in putting a voice to their disability and recognizing and maximizing their strengths as valuable students. I attempt to recognize each student’s potential and keep them focused on making positive changes that will move them toward becoming productive adults.

On a personal note,  I live in Tescott and have 7 children that have attended Tescott Schools.


Student/Parent Resources


We provide support services, Class within a class. This involves use of paraprofessional in the general education classroom. While we provide this support, worst case scenario we also provide pull out services; where the student will learn the same material at a different pace. We do this to meet the needs of all our students, so they are in the least restrictive environment. This is meant to deter the negative stigma that is associated with Special Education.


Helpful links for:

AM (Autism Spectrum):  http://csesa.fpg.unc.edu/

ADHD:  http://www.chadd.org/Understanding-ADHD/About-ADHD.aspx

LD (Learning Disability):  http://www.ncld.org/

ED (Emotionally Disturbed):  http://cecp.air.org/resources/20th/intro.asp


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College and Career Readiness


Each resource room student is involved in Ramp-up for Readiness classes during ELO time one day a week.  The following topics are covering within this curriculum:

  1. Motivation

  2. Time management

  3. Study Skills strategies


Links to KSDE standards

Standards 1

Standards 2