Special Education

Special education is specially designed instruction based on the needs of an individual student. As required by law, School District 197 provides a free, appropriate public education to about 900 students with disabilities from birth through age 21 who attend both public and private schools. A team develops, implements and reviews each student’s individual program. Please see School District 197’s Special Education section for more information.

Garlough's Special Services team is dedicated to helping each individual child achieve success. Staff are devoted to students and leave no stone unturned in their quest to help each one achieve his/her potential.


Leah Christianson, Speech Language Pathologist
651-403-8128 | leah.christianson@isd197.org

Alexandra Hodson, Occupational Therapist
651-403-8128 | alexandra.hodson@isd197.org

Jennifer Losinski, Special Education Teacher
641-403-8136 | jennifer.losinski@isd197.org

Molly Manthey, Special Education Teacher
651-403-8127 | molly.manthey@isd197.org

Cristaly Mercado, Special Education Teacher
651-403-8111 | cristaly.mercado@isd197.org

Kathy Moore, School Psychologist
651-403-8143 | Kathy.moore@isd197.org

Kelsie Onyango, Special Education Teacher
651-403-8300 | kelsie.onyango@isd197.org



Cristaly Mercado 

Hi! My name is Cristaly Mercado, and I am a Special Education teacher at GEMS. I began working at Garlough in 2019. I’ve worked as a paraprofessional for several years. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in Special Education in addition to studying Learning Technology and Applied Psychology. I’m from Puerto Rico and am fluent in English and Spanish. In my free time I play video games, do comedy, and volunteer with my therapy cat Franklin.
¡Hola! Soy Cristaly Mercado, una maestra de Educación Especial en GEMS. Empecé trabajando en Garlough en el 2019. He trabajado como asistente de maestro varios años. Me gradué del programa de Educación Especial en el Universidad de Minnesota y también estudié Tecnologías para el aprendizaje y Psicología Aplicada. Soy de Puerto Rico y bilingüe en inglés y español. En mi tiempo libre me gustan los juegos de video, ser comediante y visitar organizaciones con mi gato de terapia, Franklin.



Jennifer Losinski
Hello! My name is Jennifer Losinski and I am a Special Education teacher at Garlough Environmental Magnet School! I have been at Garlough since 2016. I hold a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota. I live in St. Paul with my dog, cat and bearded dragon! I love reading and taking my dog for walks by the river.

Molly Manthey picture  Molly Manthey
Hello!  My name is Molly Manthey and I am a special education teacher at Garlough Elementary School.  I've been a special education teacher for fifteen years.  I hold a bachelor's degree in elementary education from St. Catherine University and I got my special education degree from St. Cloud State University.  In my free time I enjoy nature photography, state parks, travel, and hanging out with my Cairn Terrier named Harry and my cat Penny.  Please feel free to contact me whenever needed.  


Kathy Moore
My name is Kathy Moore and I am the school psychologist at Garlough Environmental Magnet School. I graduated from St. Olaf College in 2002. I received my Ph.D in school psychology from Ball State University in 2007. The 2019-2020 will be my 14th year of working as a school psychologist in an elementary school. I live in Roseville with my husband and two children. I enjoy playing and watching sports, especially soccer. 

Kelsie Onyango
Hello, my name is Kelsie Onyango and I am a special education teacher at Garlough Environmental Magnet School.  I have taught at Garlough since 2018 and taught in St Paul Public Schools for 10 years prior to joining the staff at Garlough.  I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Social Justice and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Hamline University. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, reading and spending time with my husband and kids.  If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please call me or email me, I look forward to working with you!