Therapeutic Education Alternative (TEA)

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About Therapeutic Education Alternative Program (TEA)

The Therapeutic Education Alternative (TEA) Program offers therapeutic intervention by specially trained mental health professionals in addition to a full range of academic services in an environment with a high staff-to-student ratio. Mental health and educational programming are integrated into the entire school day. The TEA program provides services to students with mental health needs from age three through age 18 who require a high level of support. Instruction is provided in the areas of academics and social-emotional skills. There is strong collaboration between special education teachers, a Mental Health Professional, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA),  Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), a health associate, and paraprofessionals to support students with their behavioral, mental health, and academic needs. 

Program Leadership

Jennifer Hetland
Assistant Director of Special Education/Principal
Phone: 952-431-1632
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AJ Boehmer
Dean of Special Education
Phone: 952-431-8606
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Jennifer Petersen

Mental Health Coordinator

Phone: 952-431-8606

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Melanie Rix
Lead Teacher
Phone: 952-562-5130
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Denise Horvath
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 952-431-4062
Email Denise Horvath

School Info

Lebanon Education Center

Lebanon Education Center (LEC)

5800 149th Street West

Apple Valley, MN  55124

Phone: 952-431-4062

Fax: 952-431-4063

School Hours

Student: 7:45 am - 2:10 pm

Staff: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Pine Bend Elementary

Pine Bend Elementary

9875 Inver Grove Trail
Inver Grove Heights, MN
Phone: 651-306-7710
Fax: 651-438-4985

School Hours

Student: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Staff: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

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Pond Center

9600 3rd Ave. South

Bloomington, MN  55420

Phone: 952-681-6238

Fax: 651-438-4985


School Hours

Student: 9:00-11:30; 12:30-3:30

Staff: 7:30 am - 3:30 pm


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