• Welcome

    Steilacoom Historical School District's Student Services department is committed to providing support to families, staff, and students to ensure every student achieves meaningful and challenging learning outcomes. More information on Special Education, Childfind, and Section 504 services can be found at the links on the left. Student Services also oversees school counselors, found in each of our schools and the Home Hospital program.

    Contact Us 
    Executive Director  Gudrun Sullivan
    Assistant Director of Special Education  Tabitha Ellison
    Student Services Department Specialist  Carla Cooper-Haamid

    511 Chambers Street

    Steilacoom, WA 98388
    Phone: (253) 983-2238
    Fax: (253) 582-9274 

    Updates on Special Education

    November 1, 2021


    Our district's social emotional learning concept of the month is gratitude. Although November is the month that many in our society intentionally emphasize thankfulness, developing a mindset of gratitude requires regular practice all year long.

    The staff of SHSD are grateful for our community and students every single day. It is an honor to get to know each of your children as individuals and to be a part of their educational journey. Too often, special education has traditionally viewed students from a deficit mindset, with a focus on what students aren't able to do as a way to categorize them and plan for services accordingly. Although this approach is necessary to determine eligibility for special education services, it is important for all of us who love and work with students to remember that students are not defined by their difficulties with learning. Each student has unique strengths and talents that they contribute to their learning community, and the variability among learners helps everyone learn more. 
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful and diverse learners with us! 

    Gudrun Sullivan
    Executive Director of Student Services 
    Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1
    (253) 983-2238