OSERS announces new OSEP director

By the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services

WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2018) – The Department of Education announced the appointment of a new special education programs’ director today.

Laurie VanderPloeg will lead the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services’ (OSERS) Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) starting in November.

“My focus will be on developing and supporting an effective system that is going to meet the unique and individual needs of children with disabilities,” VanderPloeg said. “We need to look at the structures we have in place to ensure that each child is prepared for success.”

VanderPloeg started her career as a high school special education teacher at Wayland Union Schools in Wayland, Michigan.

She spent 15 years teaching high school and middle school students prior to earning her master’s degree in special education administration from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Since earning her master’s, VanderPloeg has served as the supervisor of special education for the Grand Rapids Public School District, a special education consultant with the Michigan Department of Corrections, and most recently as the director of special education for Kent Intermediate School District.

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