Focusing on meeting the needs of each individual at North Mahaska, our Special Education program is aimed at helping our students work through their challenges. By providing modified assignments and curriculum materials we help students become successful in school and in their community. Our students will gain independence, increase their social skills and have the needed support to foster growth throughout their school years. Making use of classroom technology such as iPads and laptops as well as keeping lines of communication open with their home environment we strive to recognize the strengths of each individual. Meeting them where they are and encouraging students to the reach their next level.
Special Education – Middle School
A family of North Mahaska graduates, Bonnie Dawley her husband and 3 children have all made wonderful memories within the school. Bonnie was previously a Horticulture Instructor at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa before she started teaching at North Mahaska. When not spending time teaching you might find her cooking, baking, gardening, walking her two dogs or spending time with her grandchildren.
Phone: (641) 637-4187
Special Education Teacher
Encouraging students to believe in themselves and providing with loving support is Joni Downs. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s Degree and went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Ball State and has special education endorsements from Morningside College. She has taught in several different states including Indiana and Michigan before moving back to teach here in Iowa at North Mahaska.
Phone: (641) 637-4187
McKenzie Van DenBerg
Hello! My name is McKenzie Van DenBerg and I teach K-3 special education at North Mahaska Elementary. I received my BA in Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education and Reading from William Penn University. Over the course of my career, I have worked with students ranging from kindergarten to high school. My husband, Carter, and I enjoy going to the races and playing with our dogs, Rocky and Wrigley. I am looking forward to a wonderful year with our students and staff at North Mahaska! Please feel welcome to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Phone: (641) 637-4041