Gibsonburg Schools

Home of the Golden Bears

Special Education

Director of Special Education
Tabatha Elson
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School Psychologist
Lore Rywalski
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Special Education Main Office is located at Hilfiker Elementary.


To view every child as an individual. To refresh student learning by motivating them with engaging activities while building  trust and rapport with students, their parents and community.

Any student ages 3 through 21 identified as a student with a disability under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, IDEA, will be serviced according to Ohio’s Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities.  Our goal is to provide students with a free and appropriate education while providing them with specifically designed instruction and meeting their individual needs. 


As of August 1, 2017 Whose IDEA is This? will be replaced with A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education. We have included the link to our website for you to have access to this resource. 

We have also included the link for the memorandum addendum of the Whose IDEA is This? that occurred in 2014.   

Below is a link to the Ohio Department of Education’s web page and a link to our State Support Team –Region 1 website for other frequently asked questions and valuable resources.



Brenda Longoria: Pre K

Julie Bickford: 2nd and 3rd grade

Jenna Corron: 4th grade

Andrea Graber: 5th grade

Carrie Riffle: K-5th grade


Steve Barnaclo: 6th-8th grade

Greg Spoores 6th-8th grade

Steve Smith: 6th-12th grade


Brianna Gosche 9th-12th grade

Denton Saunders: 9th-12th grade

Theresa Herman: Speech and Language Pathologist Pre K-12th grade


Dee Haubert: Pre K

Calin Nichols: Pre K

Lori Greider: Pre K

Kelly Copley: Elementary

Darlene Roberts: Elementary

Melissa Rosenberger: Elementary

Devon Stevens: Elementary

Rose McKnight: Elementary Librarian

Kim Hockenberry: Recces

Amber Turner: Middle/High School

Jen Younker: Middle/High School

Katie Sleek: Middle/High School


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