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Lisa Rossell becomes district’s executive director of special education

Lisa Rossell is taking on a new role at Indianapolis Public Schools as the district’s executive director of special education (SPED)

She will supervise all SPED special program coordinators, the central compliance and homebound teams, as well as the data and special projects specialists.

Previously, Rossell was the director of SPED strategy for the district’s Unified Student Supports department. In this role, she demonstrated her ability to innovate in ways that not only saved the district hundreds of thousands of dollars but also increased access to high-quality instruction and learning experiences for students with disabilities.

She joined IPS in 2018 as the emotional and behavioral services coordinator.

Rossell began her career in education in 1998 as a special education instructional assistant for Grades K–5 at Spring Mill Elementary School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from Grand Canyon University, and her Director of Exceptional Needs Certification from Indiana University.