Special Education Programs & Student Services

AASD’s special education staff is a district-wide team of professional educators and support personnel who are dedicated to the success of all students in the Appleton Area School District.

Our special education staff is exceptionally qualified with educators who have:

  • Received the Michael J. Falconer Distinguished Service Award from The Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities
  • Master’s degrees in: Educational Leadership, Reading, Administration, Masters of Science in Education Degree
  • Educational Specialist Degree, Director of Special Education/Pupil Services Certification
  • Over 40 years experience in the field of special education

They provide a wide range of instructional and support services, including special education and related services for students with disabilities. Read more about our staff.

Our Mission

The Student Services Department's mission is to graduate responsible, informed and independent students fully prepared to meet the challenges they seek after high school based on their individual strengths, abilities and interests.

To accomplish this mission, we value and will develop and support:

  • Learning communities that challenge all students to reach their potential;
  • Learning communities that actively encourage student involvement, life-long learning, and healthy lifestyle choices;
  • Learning communities that develop independence, active problem solving, and self-determination;
  • Highly qualified personnel that recognize and respond to the individual needs of all students;
  • Highly qualified personnel that serve as advocates and exhibit care for all students;
  • Culturally responsive practices that provide educational equity and encourage excellence for all students;
  • Community partnerships that maximize outcomes for students;
  • High quality professional development that inspires best practices; and
  • Parents that feel welcome and valued as partners in the education of their children.
Special Education Policies and Procedures


Polly Vanden Boogaard  
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services
(920) 832-6114

Karen Geerts
Executive Assistant, Student Services
(920) 832-6114

Mailing Address
Student Services Department
Appleton Area School District
P.O. Box 2019
Appleton, WI 54912-2019

Physical Address

Morgan Building, Room 208
120 E. Harris St
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 832-6129