Special Programs

Patty Kimmel - Special Services Director

Welcome! I am Patty Kimmel, Director of Special Programs for the Ellensburg School District. Please do not hesitate to contact our department and let us know how we can be of assistance to your family. I invite you to review our website which provides up-to-date information for students and families.

(509) 925-8117

Our Mission

The mission of Ellensburg School District Special Program Department is to provide leadership, support, direction and specialized knowledge to students, staff and families in order to empower and inspire students to become creative, confident, contributing and respectful citizens.

Our Vision

The vision of the Ellensburg School District Special Programs Department is that all students will reach their individual potential/preparing them to live a meaningful and productive life as integrated community members.

We Are Committed To:

  • Providing a continuum of services.
  • Providing early learning interventions.
  • Providing options of instructional models to meet the needs of individual students.
  • Collaborating with general education teachers to support and ensure access to general education.

Contact Us

Marti Hazelwood

Titles: Special Education Department, Special Programs Secretary
Phone Numbers:
School: (509) 925-8117

Patty Kimmel

Titles: Director of Special Programs
Phone Numbers:
School: (509) 925-8117

Cathy Rutt

Titles: Special Programs Department, Records Secretary
Phone Numbers:
School: (509) 925-8119

Gemma Wolfenbarger

Titles: Special Programs Department, Compliance Secretary
Phone Numbers:
School: (509) 925-8135

Transition Links

Kittitas County Transition Team

Child Find Information

Child Find is the process of evaluating children ages birth to 5 who may require special education services. If you believe your child may have a disability, please contact the following individuals:

Birth to Three Program: Kerry McMurry ESIT Special Services Coordinator Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County 220 East Helena Avenue Ellensburg, WA 98926 Phone: (509) 962-4200 Ext. 227

Ages Three to Five (Preschool): Cathy Rutt, Administrative Assistant, Special Programs Office Ellensburg School District 1300 E. 3rd Avenue Ellensburg, WA 98926 Phone: (509) 925-8119

Grades Kindergarten through High School: Referrals should be made through each school’s Guidance Team.

Special Education

Special Education

The Early Intervention Program serves families of infants and toddlers birth to three years of age. In order for a child to be eligible for these services, the child must demonstrate a delay in at least one of the following areas of development: communication, motor, problem solving, or social skills or have a disability that may lead to a delay such as a visual impairment or hearing loss.

Developmental Preschool Program: The Developmental Preschool Program located on the campus of Central Washington University serves children 3 to 5 years of age who demonstrate delays in one or more areas of development including communication, cognitive skills, social-emotional, motor skills or medical issues. Services are rendered in a classroom setting with the primary goal of encouraging the development of critical skills leading to a successful elementary school experience. Skills that may be worked on in the classroom or in a clinical setting include the ability to listen and follow directions, solve problems, social skills, transitions and pre-academic skills. The Developmental Preschool staff includes Special Education teachers, a Speech Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, School Psychologist, School Nurse and paraprofessionals. Transportation is provided to and from school.

Services for Students: Kindergarten through 21 Years of Age

Ellensburg School District offers support services for eligible students with disabilities. These services are rendered in the academic areas of reading, writing, mathematics, adaptive behavior, fine motor, gross motor social/emotional/behavioral, communication and vocational based upon those areas in which a student qualifies.

High school-aged students receive transition services based upon individual student need. Transition services may include transition classes, supported and independent vocational experiences and linkages to adult services for students age 16-21.