Special Education School
We take pride in our specialty school, which includes residential and day students through age 21. Each classroom at LifeScape is staffed by certified special education teachers and teaching assistants.
We use the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in our daily instruction and support. Our small staff-to-student ratios ensure personal attention.
Approved by the South Dakota Department of Education
We tailor each student’s learning plan, in education we refer to this as an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), to his or her own needs and abilities, using sound scientific principles of instruction. The standards of learning are based on the South Dakota Department of Education Common Core Content Standards.
Each student has an interdisciplinary team to support and develop a specific plan of instruction that meets his or her social, behavioral, and academic needs.
Besides certified teachers, the team may include a school psychologist, music therapist, adapted physical education teacher, computer/technology teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, behavior therapist/analyst, social worker, dietitian, nurse, and orthotist.
In addition, the school has a special education teacher who specializes in vision challenges, and a teacher of children who are deaf and hard of hearing.
Beyond classroom instruction, LifeScape provides many community learning experiences. Students gain functional and social skills for more independent adulthoods.
For information and referrals, contact admissions at 605-444-9550.
Our Education Staff
Vicki Isler, Ed.D., BCBA-D
Principal & Director of Alternative Services
Education Administrative Assistant
Tammi Waltjer-Haverly, MA
Special Education Coordinator
Exceptional Services Facilitator
Erin Stabnow, MA, BCBA
Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator/Behavior Analyst
Jamie Richardson, BS
Project Coordinator/LifeScape Center for the Arts
Matt Meuers, BA, EBD
Transition to Adult Services Teacher
Brittany Sirovy, BS Ed.
Anna Winfrey, BS, Ed.
Christy Chitwood, MA, TCVI
Hazel Shuck, BS
Michael Vos, BA Ed.
Heather Rieger, BA
Katie Busser, B.Ed.
Karin Wiese, BS.Ed.
Kathleen Fitch, BA
Michelle Bohy, MA
Michele Fuerst, MA Ed.
Victoria Zuhlsdorf, BS
Tina Miller, M Ed.
Cherie Ortman, MT-BC
Jen Vis, BS Ed.
Adaptive Physical Education Teacher
Christi Dwyer, RN
Jessica Willprecht, RN BSN
Kim Winckler, RN
Darcie Knight, Ed.S.
Amanda Barton, Ed.S., NCSP
School Psychologist/Behavior Therapist
Jason Dybsetter, MA, BCBA
Joseph Fette, BS
Derek Kazemba, BA
Debra Kindelspire, BA
Vocational Training PAES Lab
LifeScape’s PAES (Practical Assessment Exploration System) Lab is a complete program to help older students identify areas of work they may like, and provides training for certain jobs. LifeScape was the first school in South Dakota to invest is this program.
Five Career Areas
The hands-on, simulated work environment provides training in work readiness skills in almost every type of career. PAES helps students find their interests in five broad areas – Business/Marketing, Construction/Industrial, Consumer/Service, Processing/Production, and Computer/Technology.
Teaching Positive Work Behaviors
PAES also assesses behavioral barriers to successful learning and helps create positive work behaviors that will help students be successful in future work environments. Through the hands-on learning experience, PAES provides the student knowledge of what they can do well and what they enjoy.
Money Management Training
To complement the PAES lab, LifeScape has purchased two additional curriculums – JOB TALK, a work readiness program, and MoneyManager, which teaches the basics of money management. MoneyManager is used in conjunction with PAES to pay students for their work.
The PAES Lab is a research-based curriculum. It helps prepare our students for transition to adulthood and meaningful employment.