• The Special Programs Department 

    The Special Programs Department is located on the ground floor of the Downtown Library Building at 925 Felix Street. 816-671-4000 (Phone)

    Dr. Colhour  

    Dr. Denise Colhour
    Director of Special Programs
    denise.colhour@sjsd.k12.mo.us

    Dr. Colhour began her career in 1993 as an educator in the field of special education and reading. She worked in SJSD from 1999-2001 as a special education teacher at Lake Contrary. For three years following, she was the director of a special education cooperative. She returned to SJSD in 2004 as the Coordinator of Special Education. She was appointed as the Assistant Director of Special Education Services in 2008, and in 2009 as the Director of Special Services. 

    Dr. Colhour received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Baker University and her Ed.S. in Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She earned her M.S. in Education and a B.S. in Education from the University of Central Missouri. Dr. Colhour holds certification in K-12 Learning Disabilities, K-12 Special Reading, 7-12 Social Studies and K-12 Special Education Administration.


    Ms. Walley

    Marlena Walley
    Coordinator of Federal Programs 
    marlena.walley@sjsd.k12.mo.us

    Marlena Walley began her career as a special education teacher in 1999. She worked in the Independence School District as a Special Education Process Coordinator from 2008-2013. Marlena was then appointed as the Coordinator of Special Services serving as assistant to the Director. She served in this capacity for two years prior to joining the St. Joseph School District.

    Marlena received her Ed.S. in School Administration (K-8) and Special Education Administration (K-12) from the University of Central Missouri. She earned her M.S. in Education and a B.S. in Education from the University of Central Missouri.



    Terry Cadwallader
    Office Manager
    Terry.Cadwallader@sjsd.k12.mo.us

    Roxanne McCulloch-Perry
    Administrative Assistant
    Roxanne.McCulloch-Perry@sjsd.k12.mo.us

    Genia McClendon
    Administrative Assistant
    genia.mcclendon@sjsd.k12.mo.us

    SPED department

    Links
    Assessments
    Local Plan for Compliance
    MAP-A
    Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
    Paraprofessional / Teacher Guidebook
    Parent Bill of Rights
    Procedural Safeguards
    Process Consultants
    Public Notice
    Section 504
    Special Education Documents
    Special Education Services available to Eligible Non-public students
    Student Support Plans