Juneau School District Announces New Special Education Coordinator

The Juneau School District announces the hire of a new Special Education Coordinator in the Student Services Department. Juneau resident Meredith Jaecks has accepted the position, which will begin in the new school year.

Jaecks has 13 years experience working with special education students from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She currently works with the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development. In this role she monitors and provides technical support to Alaska districts, works with state and federal requirements, conducts intensive reviews, and helps develop procedures on a statewide basis

Her background includes work as a Special Education Teacher for the Dillingham City Schools, Teacher of the Deaf in school districts in Washington and California, as well as Educational Outreach Consultant for the Wyoming Department of Education.

Juneau Special Education Support Teachers Lynn Marvel and Stacy Diouf participated in the hiring process, and are excited to welcome Meredith to the team. Marvel explains, “We feel that Meredith’s background as a special education teacher, work with districts in Alaska and experience with the Department of Education will be incredibly valuable to the position.” Diouf agreed, “Her great energy, strong communication skills and ability to build effective systems will provide support and vision to our Special Education Program.”

“I am really excited to join such a talented team of teachers, administrators and support professionals,” Jaecks says, “I am looking forward to making a positive contribution to the community.”

Jaecks has a Masters of Education in Special Education with an emphasis in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education from Lewis & Clark College in Portland. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with an emphasis in Inter-Cultural Communication from Washington State University.