Patricia Templin is the Director of the Compliance and Assistance Division, which works to assure a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities, and to support their families and schools in that endeavor. The Division manages federally mandated monitoring activities of both program and fiscal special education and the special education dispute resolution system. The Division administers the maltreatment of minors program, and provides technical assistance and training in regard to compliance with applicable state and federal laws.
Before joining the Department, Ms. Templin served as legal counsel to school districts in Arizona and Texas for approximately eighteen years. She previously worked for the Arizona Department of Education as a consultant to the Division of Exceptional Student Services, and is a former Special Education Director and teacher.
Meet the 2015 Science Mathematics Principal
John Garcia, principal of Cedar Park Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School in Apple Valley, has been named the 2015 Science and Mathematics Elementary and Middle Level Principal of the Year. Created through a partnership between the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota Elementary School Principals’ Association (MESPA), the award recognizes the importance of fostering lifelong science literacy and the key role principals play in developing a culture that encourages student interest in math and science.