Special Education

Special Education

General Information

For evaluations concerning your infant or toddler (ages 0-3), please call the Oakland Schools' Early On office at (248)209-2084.

Concerned about your 3-5 year old child's development? Is your 3-5 year old child presenting developmental problems, such as speech, motor skills, social skills & learning? Programs are available to assist you and your child. Give the Special Education office a call at (248)586-8693.

Director of Special Education

Natalie Kulikowski is Director of Special Education. Ms. Kulikowski oversees referrals and placement for students, special education assessment and records, as well as department budget and staffing. She also oversees Early Intervention and Child Find, State/Federal reports and Individual Education Plans (IEP) for all of our students.

A Letter of Introduction - July 15, 2019

Hello Ferndale Schools Community/ Family,

My name is Natalie Kulikowski, and I am excited to join the Ferndale Family as the Director of Special Education!  I am truly honored for the opportunity to be part of such a diverse, dynamic and forward-thinking school community that has so much to offer our students!


To share a bit about my professional qualifications and background, I have earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Master of Social Work in Public Administration and Interpersonal Practice with Children & Youth and Education Specialist in School Administration & Supervision.  I have School Administrator certification (Central Office) as well as Full Approval as a Director of Special Education from the MDE. Over the past sixteen years, I’ve served the West Bloomfield School District in the role of School Social Worker while successfully fulfilling extensive leadership roles/ responsibilities across multiple levels and educational settings (general and special education).  Through collaborative efforts, I have worked with staff, students and parents to implement best practice/ evidence-based instructional strategies and supports including Restorative Practices, Instructional Consultation/ RTI, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Positive Behavior Supports & Interventions (PBIS), Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and START/ Peer to Peer Support for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  I have also served as a Field Instruction Supervisor for the University of Michigan School of Social Work and have several years of experience with student and family advocacy and leadership in clinical, mental health, and non-profit/ community-based settings.

Mission & Vision

As the Director of Special Education, I believe that every child is special and of the highest value and I am committed to continually improving outcomes for students with a disability and ALL students.  I would like to thank the Ferndale Schools Board of Education and the school community for the trust extended to me in this position. I look forward to partnering with the Ferndale Family in its excellent work for students, and I can't wait to meet each one of you!   Please feel free to reach out to me with any comments, questions, and/or just to say hello!

Natalie Kulikowski, Ed.S., LMSW

Contact Natalie Kulikowski at natalie.kulikowski@ferndaleschools.org or call
Ms. Kulikowski at (248) 586-8614



Ferndale Friends of Different Learners (FFDL)

Ferndale Friends is an independent organization of parents, teachers, staff, and community members dedicated to maximizing the potential of all different learners in Ferndale Public Schools such as students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cognitive Impairment (CI), Emotional Impairment (EI), and 504 plans. Ferndale Friends is a resource and support opportunity for all friends of different learners. Friends’ meetings and functions are open to everyone.

Oakland Schools Department of Special Populationsvisit website »

The Oakland Schools Department of Special Populations is dedicated to providing leadership, services and support that strengthens the capacity of Oakland County public school districts and community partners to support the achievement and well-being of all students with special needs.

Special Education Informal Dispute Resolution Processes Brochure PDF Document

Early On Oakland

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Early On® Oakland is a system of services for families of children birth to three years, who have a health condition or a developmental delay.

The system includes a collection of activities, supports, services and resources provided by many different agencies and programs. Early On® Oakland helps you find the individual support that your child and family needs.