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Melissa Richardson Powell
Special Education Teacher
Estill Springs Elementary

606 723-7703

My name is Melissa Richardson Powell.  I attended Estill County High School.  I got my Bachelor's Degree at Eastern Kentucky University in Elementary Education P-5.  I got my Master's Degree in Special Education LBD (K-12th grade).  This is my 18th year teaching Special Education.  This is my 19th year teaching in the Estill County School District.  I am married to Ryan Powell.  We have 3 children.  Kamden is 15 and in the 9th grade, Ramzee is 13 and in the 7th grade and Kooper is 10 and in the 3rd grade.  I am currently the Estill County Middle School Cheerleading Coach.  I love to watch football, baseball, basketball, cheerleading and gymastics. 





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1. What is an IEP?

IEP stands for Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is a written document that describes the educational plan for a student with a disability. Among other things, the IEP talks about your child's disability, what skills he/she needs to learn, what they will do in school this year, what services the school system will provide, and where the learning will take place.

2. Why Do Students With Disabilities Need an IEP?

First, it’s the law. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires each student with disabilities who receives special education services to have an IEP — an educational program written just for him or her.

Second, the IEP helps the school meet your child's special needs. It also helps you plan educational goals for your child. That is why it is called an IEP — because it is an individualized education program.

3. What is the Purpose of an IEP?

The purpose of the IEP is to make sure that everyone—you, your family, and school staff — knows what your child's educational program will be this year.

4. Where is the IEP Developed?

The IEP is developed during an IEP meeting. The people who are concerned with your child's education meet, discuss, and develop your child's IEP goals for the next year.

5. Who Comes to the IEP Meeting?

Certain individuals will help write your child's IEP. We’ve listed these below. Some are required by law to come to the meeting. (In the list below, I’ve written these people in bold letters.) Others, must be invited to take part in the meeting. It’s your choice to attend or not. (We’ve listed these people without any bolding of the letters.) All of the people listed below work together as a team to write your child's IEP. So — who might you see at the meeting?

  • You
  • Your parents
  • At least one of your regular education teachers, if you are (or may be) taking part in the regular education environment
  • At least one of your special education teachers (or special education providers)
  • Someone who can talk about your evaluation results and what they mean, especially what kind of instruction you need
  • Someone from the school system who knows about special education services and educating students with disabilities and who can talk about what resources the school system has — this person may be the principal, school counselor, or someone else from the school system
  • People from transition service agencies (such as vocational rehabilitation), if you’re going to be talking about what your child's plans are after leaving high school and what you need to do now to get ready
  • Other people who know your child — your child's strengths and needs — very well and who can help plan your child's educational program

6. How Often is the IEP Meeting Held?

The law requires that the IEP is reviewed and, if necessary, revised at least once a year. This means attending at least one IEP meeting each year. However, you as the parent, or the school can ask for more IEP meetings, if any of you think that it’s necessary to take another look at your IEP.

7. How Long Does an IEP Meeting Last?

Approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour.

8. Why Should I Participate in the IEP Meeting?

It’s your child's educational program everyone will be discussing in the meeting. Your opinions are an important part of this discussion.





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