Early Childhood Special Education

Melissa Knetzer, Assistant Director of Special Services

  • Melissa Knetzer Hi, my name is Melissa Knetzer and I'm the Assistant Director of Special Services and the site administrator at the Mallory Early Childhood Center.

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Dawn Ward, Process Coordinator

  • Dawn Ward Hi, my name is Dawn Ward and I'm one of the ECSE Process Coordinators.  I have had the pleasure of working at Springfield Public Schools for 23 years.  I have held numerous positions in the district: Special Education teacher in a K-8 building where I worked with students in all of those grades, School Psychological Examiner, completing assessments to determine eligibility for students at all levels; and for the last 10 years as a Process Coordinator for Early Childhood Special Education.  

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Cherie Horst, Social Worker

  • Cherie Horst Hi, my name is Cherie Horst.  I have been with Springfield Public Schools since 2002 as a social worker for Early Childhood Special Education.  My focus is to offer support to families and staff to help strengthen families, enhance involvement in their child's education, and provide referrals to community resources.  

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