Welcome to the Aberdeen Public School District Special Education site! As the Director of Special Education, I am glad you are visiting our site. We are very proud of the programs and services we provide to students in our district. Please feel free to look around on our site and contact me if you have any questions.

The Aberdeen School District provides special education services to approximately 740 students in our schools. The department provides leadership across the District in developing and implementing free appropriate public education programs in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for students representing the full spectrum of disabilities from birth to age 21, including public and private school students. Committees of teachers, parents, and other related professionals work together to plan and monitor each student's progress. Services are integrated in each school with a full continuum of program options available throughout the District.

Child Identification

The Aberdeen Public School District provides free, appropriate education for all children with disabilities from birth through age 21. Any eligible child within the jurisdiction of the district, including those enrolled in any public or private agency or school located in the district, should be referred to the office of Special Education, 725-7146.

Documents for Public Inspection

The Aberdeen Public School District is operating a project in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Any funding applications, evaluations, or reports required by the state for operation of the project are available for public inspection. Documents are maintained in the Special Education office of the District Service Center, 1224 S. 3rd St. and are available during business hours.

Thank you for your interest in our special education programs in the Aberdeen Public School District.

Renae Rausch

Director of Special Education


Jackie Pederson

Our Preschool Coordinator is Jackie Pederson. She has been employed with the Aberdeen School District since 2002, where she began her teaching career and continues to remain a Preschool Special education teacher at Lincoln Elementary. She does all of the coordinating of the preschool special education services, including the reverse inclusion program that the preschool supports. Jackie is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education k-12, and Early Childhood Special Education. Please click for information from Preschool reverse inclusion preschool program.

Angie Hanson

Angie Hanson, the Speech Coordinator, has worked in the District since 2010. Throughout her career, Angie practiced speech therapy in a number of settings such as public/private schools, short/long term nursing facilities, on-line telepractice, and most recently, as an adjunct instructor for Mitchell Technical Institute. The majority of her experience has been in early childhood working with special needs preschoolers. Angie holds additional certificates in PROMPT therapy, DIBELS, and Talk Tools. You can find Angie assisting with DIAL screenings, assessments, meetings, and support for SLPA’s. Please click for Speech information.

Rosanne Malsom

Rosanne Malsom is the Deaf Education Coordinator, she has been employed with the Aberdeen School District since 1990 as the Deaf Educator. Simmons Elementary has always been her home school. Rosanne is certified in Early Childhood Education and has a SKI-HI Parent Educator and a Reading Specialist Degree. Please click for Deaf ED information.

Request an Interpreter

Those requesting an interpreter or other auxiliary aids should contact the building principal one week prior to the activity. Such activities would include parent/teacher conferences, meetings, programs and extracurricular events related to the Aberdeen Public School. Arrangements can be made in person, through email, or by phone. If contacting the principal by phone you can access Relay South Dakota by dialing 711 inside of South Dakota, or dialing toll-free (800) 877-1113 from anywhere outside of South Dakota. 

Brandi Hirsch

The Elementary Special Education Coordinator is Brandi Hirsch. She has been with the Aberdeen School District since 2005. She has experience in both the Elementary and Middle School Settings. She was an eighth grade Resource Room Teacher at Holgate Middle School and a third through fifth grade Resource Room Teacher at May Overby Elementary.

Mendy Jones

Our Transition coordinator is Mendy Jones, she has been with the Aberdeen School District for 16 years. Her first years in the district were at the elementary level. She also taught at the high school for 10 years. Before coming to the district Mendy was the administrator and teacher at a residential school, teaching at the middle school and high school levels. Mendy is certified in Special Education k-12, Curriculum and Instruction, Administration, and has her middle school endorsement.

U.S. Department of Education - Special Education Site

S.D. Department of Education