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Dr. Denise K. Hildebrand

Executive Director of Special Education
dhildebrand@sd308.org

Dr. Denise Hildebrand serves as the Executive Director of Special Education for CUSD 308.  She was recently the Director of Special Education for CUSD 308 in 2019 - 2020 and, before that, the Coordinator, School Improvement and Instructional Support at The School Association for Special Education (SASED).  Prior to working at SASED, Dr. Hildebrand has been an administrator, instructional/behavioral coach, and Rti/MTSS facilitator.  She has also authored and co-authored over 15 publications and presented at many conferences.
 
Dr. Hildebrand received her Bachelor of Education and Post-graduate Diploma in Special Education at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.  She obtained her Master of Education and PhD in School Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.  She completed the Director of Special Education, Endorsement at Illinois State University, Bloomington, Illinois.


Areas of Responsibility:

  • Oversee all special education programs & services 
  • Oversee district 504 Plan Procedures 
  • Implement, monitor and report on District Priorities/Strategic Plan
  • Participate on Superintendent’s Leadership Team  (SLT) and Executive Director Leadership Team
  • Collaborate with all district and school administrators to improve outcomes for all students
  • Facilitate the department review/strategic plan/comprehensive program evaluation/improvement plan processes
  • Facilitate hiring, supervision and retention processes for district level administrative positions
  • Analyze student enrollment projections and provide annual staffing recommendations
  • Develop and monitor IDEA Preschool and Part B Flow Through grants and budgets
  • Develop and monitor local funds budget
  • Oversee completion of state & federal reporting, claims, and compliance
  • Approve department purchasing  & expenditures 
  • Develop Intergovernmental Agreements, oversee submission of tuition billing 
  • Address district student data management oversight all special education and 504 data: ISTAR, SIS, district student management system

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Ms. Toni Galan

Director of Special Education
 
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  • Management and coordinator of Special Education programs, pre-K to 8, itinerant services, and Assistive Technology
  • Itinerant services
  • Assist building administration with coordinator evaluation and staffing
  • Assist Executive Director with staffing
  • Liaison to Communications
  • Transportation Coordinator
  • ESY Program Director
  • Oversight of DLM/PARCC/District Assessments
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention coordination

 

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Mr. Daniel Stockhausen

Associate Director of Special Education
 

Daniel Stockhausen currently serves as the Assistant Director of Special Education for CUSD 308. He was previously a special education coordinator in SD308.  Prior to that, he had been an assistant principal and a principal.

Mr. Stockhausen received his Bachelor of Science, Special Education from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb; Master of Arts in Educational Administration from Concordia Chicago University, Forest Park; Superintendent's License from Aurora University, Aurora.

Areas of Responsibility:

 

  • Management & Coordination of special education programs including: Resource/Direct 1 services K-12, OH/PI, Eastview Academy/GOAL, Transition and STEP.
  • Assist the Director with management and coordination of programs at the high school level
  • Management & Coordination of all special education related and itinerant services including speech/language pathologists, psychologists, OT/PT, APE, Music Therapists
  • Assist Building Administration with coordinator evaluation and staffing
  • Assist Executive Director with student/staffing projections
  • Department monthly newsletter
  • Collaborate with Principals to complete Coordinator evaluations
  • Oversight and evaluation of TOSAS
  • Special Olympics
  • Electronic IEP System
  • EPEC Coordination



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Ms. Cara Chase

Assistant Director of Special Education

Cara Chase currently serves as an Assistant Director of Special Education for CUSD 308.  Throughout her 21 years in SD308, she has served as a special education program administrator, assistant principal, special education teacher, and speech-language pathologist. 

Ms. Chase received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.  She obtained her Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois.  She completed her Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Director of Special Education Endorsement from Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois.   

Areas of Responsibility: 

  • Management & Coordination of Early Childhood special education evaluations and programming
  • Department newsletter
  • Collaborate with principals to complete staff evaluations
  • Oversight and evaluation of the District Support Team
  • Management of Online Tutoring Services
  • Professional development for elementary and junior high assistant principals
  • Coordination of Kindergarten Transition process
 

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Last Modified on September 7, 2022