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CDE Preschool Special Education Professional Learning Team

Meet the Preschool Professional Learning Team

Sandra Link

Sandi Link

Sandi is a Colorado Native.  She studied Occupational Therapy at CSU and got her Masters in Special Education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.  She has two children with special needs.  Given her professional training and her personal experience with her own children, she has a strong passion for supporting families and children. She enjoys helping the professionals that work with them to understand and implement inclusion practices in the classroom and the community. 

Kristen Klaassen, M.A.

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Kristen is a part-time professional development trainer for the Colorado Department of Education, Preschool Special Education, working with school districts and BOCES systems and staff to improve teaming between regular education and special education, which will lead to better outcomes for all preschool children. Kristen has nearly 30 years of experience working with systems, children and teaching staff in the public sector, as a teacher, University faculty member, trainer, private consultant, and coach. Kristen has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Colorado at Denver.  She is also currently faculty at the University of Colorado Denver teaching “Creating and Sustaining a Dynamic Coaching System” and the first of three coaching courses leading to an Early Childhood Coaching Certificate, which she worked with a team to design in 2010.  Kristen is co-founder, principal coach and consultant for Dynamic Coaching Systems.  She is also the president of a non-profit in Colorado, Angels Unaware.