SPECIAL EDUCATION
Staff

School Psychology/Special Education Services

SPED Director

Penny McCormick-Gilles
PO Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
605-207-0243 (cell)
605-337-2271 (fax)
penny.mccormick-gilles@k12.sd.us
Penny S. McCormick-Gilles has been employed at Mid Central Educational Cooperative since 2000, and has been the Special Education Director since 2007. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University-Mankato and a graduate degree in School Psychology from the University of La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Following graduate school she worked for 8 years at Community Counseling Services in Huron, SD. Penny was also an adjunct professor at Huron University where she taught psychology classes. She finds that working with the 14 schools in the cooperative to be an exciting job, as special education rules and regulations are always evolving.

She and her husband, Steve, live in Mt Vernon and when she is not working, Penny enjoys reading, travel, and keeping track of the antics of their grandchildren.

School Psychologist

Stephen Gilles
Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
steve.gilles@k12.sd.us
Steve Gilles has been part of the Mid Central family since 2000. He previously worked for AEA 13 in Iowa, and was employed and Community Counseling Services in Huron, South Dakota. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay in 1991 and his Master's degree in School Psychology from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse in 1992. He is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and very much enjoys working with his Mid Central Ed Coop school districts.

Steve was born and raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm with his 7 brothers and sisters. Interests include working on old cars, reading, sightseeing, and visiting grand children.

School Psychologist

Jayne Rubendall
Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
jayne.rubendall@k12.sd.us
Jayne graduated from the University of South Dakota with her Specialist Degree in School Psychology in 2001. She is Nationally Certified and has worked at Prairie Lake Cooperative, Huron, and James Valley Educational Cooperative before joining the team at MCEC in 2008. Jayne lives in Mitchell with her husband, Bill. She enjoys gardening, reading, walking, and visiting her grandchildren.

Academic Evaluator

Janet Maeschen
PO Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
janet.edwards@k12.sd.us

 

Speech Therapy Services

Speech Pathologist

Natalie Wright
Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
natalie.wright@k12.sd.us
Natalie Wright started at MCEC in August 1998 as a Speech Language Pathologist. She graduated with a BS in Communication Disorders from SDSU in May 1998. She graduated from USD with an MA in Communication Disorders in December 2004. She has her Certificate of Clinical Competence from American Speech Hearing Association.

She enjoys the variety of working in several schools as well as working with all ages of children. She is married with three children.

Speech Pathologist

Tania Witt
Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
tania.witt@k12.sd.us
Tania Witt has been a Speech-Language Pathologist with MCEC since 1999. Tania graduated from the University of South Dakota with an undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders in 1996 and received her MA in Speech Pathology from USD in 1998. During her years with Mid-Central, Tania also has experience working in the hospital and nursing home settings.

Tania lives in Burke with her husband and two children. She enjoys camping, golfing, reading, and playing volleyball.

Speech Pathologist

Roxann Larson
Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
roxann.larson@k12.sd.us
Roxann Larson is a Speech-Language Pathologist. She started working for MCEC in 2008, serving the Chamberlain and Kimball School Districts. Roxann has a BA in Communication Disorders and earned her MA in Speech Language Pathology from USD in 2003.

She enjoys working with children and their families. Roxann is married with two children, and enjoys camping, baking, and walking.

Speech Pathologist

Jennifer Klundt
Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
jennifer.klundt@k12.sd.us
Jennifer Klundt received her BA in Communication Disorders from USD in 1995 and her MA in Speech, Language Pathology from USD in 2011. She worked as an SLP for South Central Educational Cooperative for 10 years before joining the staff at MCEC in 2007. Jennifer currently serves children age birth to 21 in the Colome Consolidated and Gregory school districts.

Jennifer lives in Gregory with her husband Lonnie, and sons Mitchel, Max, Carson and Cruz. When she is not working, she enjoys attending her sons’ activities, going to sporting events, traveling and spending time with her family.

Speech Pathologist

Nicole Palmer
Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
nicole.palmer@k12.sd.us
Nicole Palmer has been a speech clinician for MCEC since 2003. She currently services two schools that are part of the cooperative. Nicole works with child from birth to age 21. She graduated from Augustana with an undergraduate degree in 1995 and received her MA in Speech Pathology from USD in 2011.

Nicole enjoys working with children of all ages and is married with two children of her own.

Speech Pathologist

Laura Bergeleen
PO Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
laura.bergeleen@k12.sd.us

Speech Therapy Assistant

Tayla Thomas
PO Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
tayla.thomas@k12.sd.us

Speech Therapy Assistant

Michael Krumm
PO Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
michael.krumm@k12.sd.us

Speech Therapy Assistant

Jennifer Boyden
PO Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
jennifer.boyden@k12.sd.us


Early Childhood / Birth to 3


OT/PT

Physical Therapist

Kellie Stukel
PO Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
kellie.stukel@k12.sd.us
Kellie Stukel received her Master of Science in Physical Therapy (PT) at the University of South Dakota. She earned her undergraduate degree with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. She worked for South Central Educational Cooperative in Tyndall for ten years and then joined the Mid-Central Educational Staff in July 2010. She services fourteen schools within MCEC providing educational PT for students birth to twenty one years of age. Her goal is to allow students to achieve functional mobility within the child's educational setting to allow social and physical interaction with the child's peers during physical education, recess, and free play.

Kelly lives in Gregory, SD with her husband Kurt and their four sons. She loves spending time with her family, exercising, and getting involved in her community and church.

Occupational Therapist

Sona Kott
PO Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
sona.kott@k12.sd.us

Occupational Therapist

Kelly Johnson
PO Box 228
Platte, SD 57369
605-337-2636 (office)
kelly.johnson@k12.sd.us




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