Special Education services at Southwestern High School are generated by the needs of individual students and State and Federal guidelines. All students receiving services must meet State definitions of handicapping conditions or medical diagnosis. Typical services are provided for students with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, cognitive disabilities, and medical reasons such as deafness, visual impairment, acquired brain injuries, etc.


Each student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) developed each school year with specific goals and objectives set to their personal needs. Accommodations and modifications as to needs in regular classes are also set at IEP meetings. The Southwestern High School Resource Program provides a Resource Study Hall for students with special needs to help them with tutoring, study skills, test taking, and it is also a quiet place to go. This service is available every hour of the school day.

Transition is also an important and required component of Special Education. Throughout all classes, students are taught skills and introduced to resources that will help them succeed in life after high school, no matter what path they decide to take.


Special Education course work as prescribed in the IEP could include one or more of the following classes:

Freshmen |  English 9

Sophomores |  English 10

Juniors | American Literature 11

Seniors | English 12

Freshmen | Basic Math 9

Sophomores | Pre-Algebra 10

Juniors | Algebra 11

Seniors | Life Skills Math 12

Transition and Self-Advocacy

Life Skills

Social Skills

David Wills

MS/HS Special Education Teacher


ph: 608.854.2261 x243

  • Born and raised in Hazel Green; graduated from SWHS.

  • Attended UW-Platteville and majored in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Sciences and Coaching.

  • Student taught 4th and 6th grade in Galena, IL.

  • Taught for one year in San Antonio, TX.

  • Began teaching Special Ed. at SW in 1993.

  • Went on to obtain my BS in Special Education in 2003 and my Masters from UW-Whitewater in 2005.

  • Coach Track, Basketball and Football.

  • Enjoy all sports and working out, as well as cultural events in the area.

Sara Weber

Special Education Aide


ph: 608.854.2261 x235

Jackie Trevarthen

Special Education Aide

Jessica Zeller

Special Education Aide

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