Welcome to the Illinois Elevating Special Educators Network (IESE)
MEET OUR TEAM
Roxanna is the Program Advisor for Area 5. Roxanna joined the IESE Network with 15 years of teaching experience in both general and special education, and over a decade supporting Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) & Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) initiatves of ISBE.
Meggi is the Grant Administrative Assistant for the ROE #9 / IESE Network. She joined the IESE Network with over 10 years of experience in Social Work & Office Administration and has a passion for meeting people where they are and empowering others to succeed through motivation and inspiration.
Dr. Barwegen is the Program Evaluator for the IESE Network. As the CEO & Senior Researcher at Barwegen Consulting Group, Inc., she's served as an external evaluator since 2008 for organizations such as: the National Science Foundation, the US Dept. of Ed., ISBE, several IL Regional Offices & INTC.
Emily is a Regional Specialist for Area 2. Before joining the IESE Network, Emily was a Special Education teacher for 8 years in a variety of settings at both the elementary & high school level. She also has experience in planning & implementing PD & new teacher programs.
Christine is a Regional Specialist for Area 3 / ROE #51. Before joining the IESE network, she spent 25 years as a classroom teacher involved with gifted education, the AVID program at the middle school level, and Social Emotional programs. She is passionate about supporting teachers and students.
Shauna is the Program Advisor for Area 1. Before joining the IESE Network, Shauna spent over 10 years in as a Math Teacher, Curriculum Leader & Instructional Coach. She has a strong background in Math, MTSS, & school improvement and is passionate about developing strong relationships with students.
Jennifer is the Program Advisor for Area 3. Before joining the IESE Network, she was a public elementary school teacher for 18 years and has worked as both a Special Educator and Dual Language Educator during her time in the classroom.
Kelly is a Regional Specialist for Area 1 / ROE #47. She joined the IESE Network with over 20 years of experience in both public and private school settings at the elementary and high school level. Kelly has taught in both special education & regular education classrooms.
Melinda is the Program Advisor for Area 4. She joined the IESE Network with experience as a building administrator and special education teacher and has also served in a variety of building capacities. Melinda has a passion for empowering the specialized population of students and parents.
SaeHan is the Program Advisor for Area 2. Prior to IESE, he was a Special Education teacher for 12 years at Champaign Unit 4 school district. He spent his time as an ED Resource Teacher, a Cross-Cat teacher & ED Itinerant while focusing on supporting educators & students with challenging behaviors .
Chris is a Regional Specialist for Area 3. She has experience teaching in general education and special education classrooms, in both the private and public sectors. Before retiring, Chris worked in administration as both a Program Supervisor and a CoOp Special Education Director.
Ashton is a Regional Specialist for Area 4 / ROE #54. Prior to joining the IESE Network, Ashton taught Special Education at the high school level for 10 years, Ashton's passion lies in building relationships with all students and utilizing trauma informed practices.
Amanda is a Regional Specialist for Area 5 / ROE #21. Before joining the IESE Network, she spent 17 years as a classroom teacher, ESL Coordinator, MTSS Coordinator & Post- Secondary Readiness Coordinator. She is passionate about preparing all students for a successful future.
Stephanie is the Grant Coordinator for the IESE Nework. She served as an IESE Network Regional Specialist for 21-22 and joined the team with over 19 years combined experience teaching P-12 students with disabilities and pre-service special education teachers at the university level.
IESE Supports & services
Parent & Family Education
All Special Education
Mentoring / Coaching / PD