Kimberly Monachino, Ed.D., is the director of the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children. Under her leadership, the office helps Ohio’s diverse learners receive the services they need to succeed. Her office is responsible for ensuring schools comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The office provides guidance for the development of individualized education programs (IEPs) and helps resolve disputes regarding IEPs. Additionally, the office administers state and federal funds to schools for students with disabilities and supports schools as they educate gifted students.
Kim joined the Department in August 2017. She has more than 29 years of professional experience in the field of education through a variety of roles. She has served in administrative roles working with diverse learners and implementing professional development for educators to help make their teaching more inclusive of all learners. She also has been a special education coordinator and special education teacher. For nine years, she taught courses related to special education at John Carroll University and Concordia University.
Kim received a Bachelor of Science in education from Youngstown State University and a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University. She also received a Specialist in Education degree in administration from Kent State University and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Akron.
Last Modified: 3/8/2018 2:13:55 PM