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Douglas County School District Special Education Mission Statement

Student Focused, Service Oriented

The Special Education Department provides a variety of quality educational programs dedicated to meet the unique needs of all learners by creating optimum learning experiences and providing a world class education supported through research-based interventions and quality staff development.

"When inclusive education is fully embraced, we abandon the idea that children have to become ‘normal’ in order to contribute to the world. … We begin to look beyond typical ways of becoming valued members of the community, and in doing so, begin to realize the achievable goal of providing all children with an authentic sense of belonging.” - Norman Kunc -

Mountain View Special Education Team

The Special Education Team at Mountain View is a multidisciplinary team of educational professionals who work together to meet the special needs of our diverse learners.  Each of our team members comes with different background, perspectives and expertise.  We provide services in multiple areas, including academics, speech and language skills, fine and gross motor skills, and social/emotional skills.  


Alison Dunn

I just relocated to the Denver area from Las Vegas, where I lived for the last 10 years. I couldn't be more excited for a great change in my role as a school psychologist, and as I'm sure you can imagine, change of scenery!  I've worked as a school psychologist for the past 5 years in Clark County School District, specializing in autism evaluations and support for the district. I feel fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work in such a great setting and district, and I am looking forward to this upcoming school year!

Cindy Shugart

Hi, my name is Cindy Shugart and I’m the SSN teacher here at Mountain View. I have worked with special needs kids for over 5 years. I am currently working on my Master’s degree.  My husband and I live in Castle Rock with our three daughters. Our oldest daughter is a Senior in high school and loves the theater and art. Our middle daughter is a Freshman in high school and our youngest is a 7th grader. They both play competitive soccer.  We spend our free time watching plays or running kids all over the state to play soccer, and love every minute of it!!  I’m excited to be apart of the Mountain View community!


Jen May


Hello!  I am Jen May, Speech Language Pathologist of 12 years. I  spent my first several years working in an elementary school in Wisconsin as well as with adults in the hospital setting. After moving to Colorado in 2006, I began working for Douglas County School District as a Preschool Speech Language Pathologist. I spent 6 years with preschool before making the decision to stay home part-time with my youngest son Eli (age 6).   I have done a variety of other placements such as in-home care, birth to three visits, and private clinic settings. I am happy to be back in the elementary setting for the 3rd year in a row!   A little bit about me: I have two children, Eli (6) and Ella (10), two dogs (Utah and Teddie) and a husband of 15 years, Aaron.   I love, love, love to do Yoga and be active with my family hiking and biking.  This last summer I did my 4th 14er since moving to Colorado and am always enamored by the beauty and stillness of being on top of a mountain!  My husband, Aaron and I enjoy spending our time together cycling, stand-up paddle boarding, and snowboarding.  Though we are quite an active family, we find rest in enjoying good movies and making great meals together. 


Erin Sakryd

My name is Erin Sakryd and I am excited to join Mountain View as the Special Education Staff as the Moderate Needs Teacher.  This will be my 20th year as a special education teacher and my 13th year teaching in Douglas County.  I have most recently been teaching in the Douglas County Early Childhood Education Program as an Early Childhood Special Educator.   I am passionate about helping students reach their full potential through differentiation, collaboration, communication, and creativity.  
I have been married to my husband for 16 years and after spending time living in Vail, CO, the US Virgin Islands, and New York City, we settled down in Parker 13 years ago to start our family.  I have two girls ages 11 and 14.  As a family we enjoy spending time outside skiing, hiking, biking, and paddle boarding.  
I am looking forward to meeting your children and watching them grow into confident, independent young learners.  
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” 

― Helen Keller

Special Education Staff

Jacob Dunne
Debbie Mills
School Psychologist