The Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System helps parents and schools work together to resolve disputes about special education.
We do not provide legal advice or advocacy for either parents or districts, and we do not mediate 504 plan disputes.

Christine R. Sannes, Marshall, WI

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Name: Christine R. Sannes

Location:  Marshall, WI

Education: Ph.D. (educational psychology), Marquette University, M.S.E. (masters in special education), University of Wisconsin; B.S. (elementary education), University of Wisconsin; Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Marquette University

Current Position:Excel: Special Education Mediation and Consultation Services

Past Positions:Professor of Special Education, Grand Valley State University, teaching courses in defining special education and making accommodations and modifications, diversity in the classroom, and classroom management; Special Education Teacher, EBD, LD, CD; Areas of Expertise: EBD, LD, CD, Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, Severe Disabilities; Special Education Consultant, Mediator

Mediation Experience:I have mediated cases involving children with a variety of disabilities including Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, Cognitive Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, Tourette Syndrome and OCD. I have also facilitated IEP development.

Perspective on Mediation Process:When individuals enter into mediation, it is because they have few options on which they agree. They are also unable to work together to find alternatives on which they both agree. The mediator’s role is, therefore, to assist the parties in working together to find solutions which are in the best interest of the child and upon which they both agree. The mediator must be able to assist the parties in exploring the problems, finding new alternatives, and building a working relationship.

Disclosure:Christine is a mother of a child with special needs.