Special Programs

The Special Programs Department is located at 1415 N. 26th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64506. Contact us by phone at 816-671-4004.

This office supervises the following areas: Early Childhood Programs, ESOL Services, Homebound Instruction, Parents as Teachers, and Special Education Services.

Early Childhood Services
ESOL Services
Homebound Services
Local Plan for Compliance
MAP-A Assessment
Parent Bill of Rights
Procedural Safeguards
Process Consultants
Public Notice
Special Education Documents
Special Education Services available to Eligible Non-public students
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Dlo DuVall

Dlo DuVall
Director of Special Programs
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Mrs. DuVall’s career in education spans nearly 25 years with experience ranging from early childhood education to administration. DuVall received her specialist degree in Administration from William Woods University, a master’s degree in Teaching: Instructional Technology from Northwest Missouri State University, and a bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Missouri Western State University. She holds certifications in Building Level Administration (K-8), Librarian (K-12), Elementary Education (1-8), and Early Childhood Education (PK-3). DuVall is currently working on her Special Education Administration endorsement.


Kara Anderson

Dr. Kara Anderson
Assistant Director of Special Programs
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Dr. Anderson earned a Doctorate in Education and her Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from William Woods University. She received her M.A. in Special Education and her B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education from Northwest Missouri State University. 

Dr. Anderson also holds a Special Education Administration endorsement Dr. Anderson  served as principal of Bessie Ellison from 2014-2022. She served as an administrative intern at Parkway and Hosea Elementary Schools prior to her selection as Ellison principal. She was honored as the exemplary new principal by the regional chapter of the MAESP in 2016. 

Prior to serving as a principal, Dr. Anderson served as a special education teacher at the elementary and middle school levels.  


Terry Cadwallader
Office Manager
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Genia McClendon
Administrative Assistant
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Kristin Ozenberger
ESOL Administrative Assistant
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Jodi Caton
Special Programs Administrative Assistant

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