Special Education at LPS

Lincoln Public Schools provides a broad variety of Special Education Services to more than 7,000 LPS students from kindergarten to age 21 at all of our 64 programs / buildings, as well as to students in our community’s private schools. Mrs. Cara Lucas-Richt, 402-436-1481, is the contact for students who are infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

The Mission of the Special Education Department is to provide quality services that improve educational outcomes for all children with disabilities through collaborative efforts among students, families, educators, and the community. We have taken the following action steps to promote our department’s mission:

  1. Collaborating with District Departments to align services and initiatives to best support students;
  2. Supporting building administration, teachers, para-educators, itinerants and other staff;
  3. Advocating to build acceptance and understanding of all students;
  4. Promoting and implementing effective practices to provide least restrictive environments;
  5. Building capacity of all staff through ongoing professional development, coaching, and consultation; and
  6. Enhancing community relationships to promote planning and supports for students.

Contact Us

We welcome your questions and comments. Please use our form to send them to us or call us at 402-436-1905

Leadership Team

Jenny Fundus, Ed.D.

Director of Special Education

Mindy Roberts, Ed.D.
Assistant Director
402-436-1907
mroberts@lps.org

Alisha Bollinger, Ph.D
Special Education Supervisor
402-436-1970
abollin@lps.org

Amanda Hemenway
Special Education Supervisor
402-436-1918
ahemen@lps.org

Carrie Foster, M.Ed. Ed.S.
Special Education Supervisor
402-436-1915
cfoster@lps.org

Laura Stephenson
Special Education Supervisor
402-436-1806
lstephe2@lps.org

Melissa Weber-Arnold, M.Ed. Ed.S.
Special Education Supervisor
402-436-1902
mweber2@lps.org

Doug Schindler, B.S., C.P.A.
Budget Coordinator
402-436-1913
dschind@lps.org.

Cindy Brunken, M.Ed, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS
Special Education Team Leader
402-436-1570
cbrunk@lps.org