Special Education Department


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Our Vision

We strive to work cooperatively with special needs students, families, communities, colleagues, and other professionals in order to promote each student's success and well-being as they prepare for future endeavors. We facilitate the use of evidence-based practices to provide students the access, skills, knowledge, independence and opportunity to reach their potential and participate successfully in the least restrictive environment possible. We are committed to identifying and meeting the diverse needs of each student, from birth to age 22, in Davis County, through individualized educational programming and transition services. 


Julie Larsen

Special Education Director

Julie Larsen
(801) 402-5151

Lisa Wall

Mild/Moderate K-12 & School Support Director:
Behavior Support Team, Professional Development, Induction

Lisa Wall
(801) 402-5151

Photo of Kirsty Carson

Special Programs Director: Essential Elements (EE),
Academic Social Communication (ASC), Social Behavioral (SB) and Behavior Communication Intensive Support (BCIS)

Kristy Carson
(801) 402-5151

Jocelyn Taylor

Directror of  Related Services & Early Childhood/Preschool

Jocelyn Taylor
(801) 402-5482

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Special Education Secretary
Kathi Lewis
(801) 402-5151


Child Find Notice

Davis School District is responsible for Child Find identification and evaluation for all students suspected of having a disability residing in Davis County. This includes children (birth through 21 years of age) who are in public schools, private schools, are being home schooled, are preschoolers (birth to five years) and are in need of an evaluation for possible special education or early intervention services. Early identification and intervention may be essential to your child’s development.

If your child is having significant difficulty with vision, hearing, speech, behavior, is experiencing slow development typical for his/her age, physical development or learning difficulty, he/she may be a child with a disability that requires specialized instruction through special education. If you suspect that your school age child may have a disability, please contact your neighborhood school principal or special education department at 801-402-5169.

If your child’s age is birth to three years or three to five years, contact the Davis Early Learning Center at 801-402-5409.

Carson Smith Scholarship Notice

We are required by Utah Code Section 53A-1a-704(10) to inform you, if you are a parent of a student with an IEP enrolled in a public school, of the availability of a scholarship to attend a private school through the Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship Program. Further information is available at, http://www.schools.utah.gov/sars/Scholarships.aspx