Special Education
Special education is specially designed instruction based on the needs of an individual student. As required by law, School District 197 provides a free, appropriate public education to about 900 students with disabilities from birth through age 21 who attend both public and private schools. A team develops, implements and reviews each student’s individual program. Please see School District 197’s Special Education section for more information.

Heritage's Special Education team is dedicated to helping each individual child achieve success. Staff are devoted to students and leave no stone unturned in their quest to help each one achieve his or her potential.

The teacher teams for each House at Heritage have a Special Education teacher. Other Special Education teachers at Heritage help students with speech and language, and other special needs.


Katie Challifour
, Speech and Language
651-403-7497 | katherine.challifour@isd197.org | bio

Kelly Dodge, 7th Grade - Maroon House
651-403-7469 | kelly.dodge@isd197.org | bio

Stacy Dreelan, Speech and Language
651-403-7498 | stacy.dreelan@isd197.org | bio

Leah Ellis, Upper Yellow House
651-403-xxxx l l.ellis@isd197.org | about me

Courtney Finn
651-403-7509 | courtney.finn@isd197.org | webpage

Susanna Fishlove, Speech and Language
651-403-7498 | susanna.fishlove@isd197.org

Colleen Fecht, 7th Grade - Yellow House
651-403-7431 | colleen.fecht@isd197.org | about me

Hannah Ibs 
651-403-7436 | hannah.ibs@isd197.org | about me

Jennifer Kendrick
651-403-xxxx l jennifer.kendrick@isd197.org

Erynn Olson, Grades 5/6 - Maroon House
651-403-7504 | erynn.olson@isd197.org | about me

Kim Perrault, School Psychologist
651-403-7571 | kimberlee.perrault@isd197.org

Jason Strouf
651-403-7449 | jason.strouf@isd197.org | webpage

Amy Thiel
651-403-7422 | amy.thiel@isd197.org | about me

Jeffrey Turner, Behavior Specialist 
651-403-7420 | jeffrey.turner@isd197.org

Jennifer Vaubel
651-403-7465 | jennifer.vaubel@isd197.org | about me

Jennifer Veenendall, Occupational Therapist
651-403-7497 | jennifer.veenendall@isd197.org



  Kelly Dodge
My name is Kelly Dodge, I live in St. Paul with my husband and son who is in 1st grade. I have been teaching since 2006. I originally obtained my license in teaching English Language Learners from Hamline in 2005. 
I also received a license for Special Education - Learning Disabilities at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2013. I started teaching in District 197 in 2016. 


Stacy Dreelan
I have been a speech-language pathologist since 1996.  I received my Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Communication Disorders from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 1994 and received my Master’s of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 1998.  I have worked with students with communication disabilities within ISD 197 since 2001.

I have 2 girls that attend school within ISD 197.  For fun, I like to spend time on our boat with my husband and kids.  I also enjoy jogging, reading and watching my kids play sports.


Katherine Challifour
I have been a speech and language pathologist at Heritage E-STEM Middle School since 1999.  I earned my Bachelors of Arts in German and Economics in 1995 from University of Wisconsin – Madison.  I returned to school and earned a Masters of Arts in Communication Disorders in 1999, from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. 

Outside of school, I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling and spending time with my family. 

  Jeff Turner
Greetings!  My name is Jeff Turner and I am the Behavior Specialist at Heritage E-Stem Magnet School.  I have been servicing Special Education students for over 25 years in a variety of settings.  I have a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mary's University and a degree in Special Education from Northern State University.  Away from teaching I am an avid sports fan and follow all local college and professional sports teams.  SKOL VIKES!  

  Jennifer Vaubel
Hello! My name is Jennifer Vaubel and I am a special education teacher at Heritage Middle School.  I started at Heritage in 2018.  I have a bachelor's degree in psychology from Gustavus and a Masters of Education from Bethel University.  My family and I are long time residents of Saint Paul.  When I have spare time I enjoy camping with my family, reading and playing hockey. 

  Jennifer Kendrick
My name is Jennifer Kendrick and have been teaching in Special Education since 2002. I graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder, having lived there for 18 years before returning to my home state of Minnesota. In my free time, you can find me outside.