Staff-ESS District Office

ESS District Office Staff

Jon Paul Burden, Director of Exceptional Student Services

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Jon Paul BurdenJon Paul Burden is the Director of the Exceptional Student Services Department for the Weld RE-4 School District (Windsor-Severance, Colorado) where he oversees the supervision and operation of the district Special Education (including preschool), Gifted Education, and English Language Learner (ELL) services. Along with these services, Jon Paul also serves as the district Safety and Crisis Director, 504 Compliance Officer, Sexual Harassment Compliance Officer and as a member of the District Cabinet.

During the 8 years of service to the district, Jon Paul has brought various programs to the district including the School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP), two Alternative Cooperative Education Programs (workforce readiness courses) to Windsor High School, the district’s 18-21 transition services, and many other smaller initiatives benefiting students.

Before his work at Weld RE-4, Jon Paul served the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as a Senior Consultant for the Exceptional Student Services Unit where he specialized in secondary transition for youth with disabilities. Jon Paul still serves the state by sitting on various committees including the Special Education Consortium, Results Driven Accountability, and acting Chair of the Special Education Fiscal Advisory Committee.

Jon Paul’s passion in education lies in preparation for the day after graduation. He strongly believes that all students need a rigorous education with high expectations if they are going to be successful in postsecondary education and/or the workplace. Through this passion, Jon Paul has developed a unique method of IEP development for transition-focused IEPs and proudly co-authored an article for the Council for Exceptional Children’s Teaching Exceptional Children Journal entitled Triangulated IEP Transition Goals, which was featured in the July/August 2013 Edition. Using this concept, Jon Paul has presented at multiple state and national conventions, and has provided direct professional development in multiple states.

Jon Paul holds a professional teaching license in Early Childhood Special Education (0-5 years) and Moderate Needs (K-12). He also has a non-degree certificate from the University of Northern Colorado as a Transition Specialist and holds an Administrative License as a Special Education Director. Jon Paul graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado as well as his Masters of Arts in Special Education from UNC. Currently Jon Paul teachers as an Adjunct Professor for UNC in the graduate department helping to prepare future Special Education Generalists as well as those seeking their Administrative license for Special Education.

Jennifer Sedaghat, Exceptional Student Services Coordinator

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Hi! My name is Jennifer and I am a Coordinator for the Exceptional Student Services Department for Weld Re-4. I have been with the district since the fall of 2009 and have the pleasure of working with all grade levels in our district. Before arriving in Windsor, I worked in Greeley School District 6 as a Transition Specialist and 18-21 Significant Support Needs Teacher; prior to my work in Greeley, I taught K, 1, and 2 at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church and Platteville Elementary School.

I have received the majority of my education from the University of Northern Colorado throughout the years. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Spanish, a double Master’s Degree in Mild/Moderate and Severe Needs Cognitive Special Education, and my Educational Specialist Degree in Administration – Principal Licensure and Special Education Director. I also have a Certificate in Transition Education from the University of Kansas.

When not busy with work, I love spending time with my husband and our three wonderful children. We enjoy spending time outdoors and just being together as a family. I am also the current Colorado Counsel for Exceptional Children (CEC) President and Courage to Risk (CTR) Presenter Chair.

Michelle Spencer, Child Find Coordinator

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Desiree Sandoval, Swap Coordinator

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Desiree Sandoval has been the SWAP Coordinator at Weld RE-4 Schools since July 2009. Prior to that she worked for the Greeley school district as a SWAP Specialist, Volleyball Coach, Paraprofessional and Special Education Teacher. Desiree also has experience working in the nonprofit sector in college prep and work preparation programs. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her extended family, watching all types of sporting events and listening to all genres of music.

Liz Gullette, Exceptional Student Services Administrative Assistant

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Hi! My name is Liz Gullette and I am the administrative assistant for the Exceptional Student Services Department. I was born in Washington State and graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. In 1992, I moved from Washington State to Colorado and my daughter, Sierra, was born in 1993.

I began working for Weld RE-4 School District in 2004 as the Medicaid Coordinator/IEP Scheduler but I officially got my start in the field of education in 1999 as a Special Education Para Professional in Jefferson County. Since then I have held Administrative Assistant, Special Education Para, Office Aide and Substitute teaching positions in Colorado and Wyoming.

Prior to my career in education I, among other things, worked in the restaurant/catering business, was a customer service representative for two different power companies and worked in the dental industry. In my time off I enjoy traveling and road trips.