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region mapThe purpose of Great Prairie AEA Special Education is to serve as an educational leader in providing services to eligible individuals birth to age 21. The service area is charged with planning and supporting free and equitable access to quality educational programs along with school district staff, parents and staff from other agencies.

Each school served by Great Prairie AEA has a team that serves its special educational needs. Teams include School psychology, Special Education consulting services, social work services, and speech-language services. Other team members who specialize in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and work experience are utilized when determined necessary. 


Dr. Angelisa Fynaardt 
Associate Administrator & Director of Special Education
800-382-8970 Ext. 5311 

Region 1 - Alan Schwarte
Regional Director 
800-622-0027 Ext. 5801 Harold L. Mick Office (Albia) 

Region 2 - Michelle Deshler
Regional Director 
800-382-8970 Ext. 5426 Ottumwa Office 

Region 3 - Dr. Jamie Cranston
Regional Director
800-622-0027 Ext. 5324 Ottumwa Office 

Region 4 - Jim Cope
Regional Director
800-622-0027 Ext. 5396 Fairfield Office 

Region 5 - Kim Kirchner
Regional Director 
800-382-8970 Ext. 2115 Burlington Office

Region 6 - Shawn Stringer
Regional Director 
800-382-8970 Ext. 1103 Burlington Office 

Region 7 - Michelle Harris
Regional Director 
800-382-8970 Ext. 1137 Burlington Office

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