Special Education Faculty

Special Education Director

Mr. Lechner


Like most other teachers and professionals on this page, I wear a few hats.  My longest wearing one, special education, I put on in 2003.  I have worked as a teacher, a guidance counselor, and now special education director.  My second longest hat is philosophy instructor.  My first adjunct position was at Columbia College on Patrick’s Airforce Base in 2004. I switched to an online position a year later and have been teaching ten courses a year since.  

Outside of teaching I write.  I published A Not So Morning Glory in 2015, and you can purchase it on Amazon.com.  I also play and coach soccer.  My beautiful wife, Kris, and I met in Belfast, Northern Ireland in the summer of 2000.  And together we have three wonderful kids who we take camping every summer.  Thanks for reading about me and buying my book!  Hey you can’t blame me for trying.

Special Education Coordinator K-6

Ms. Smith

Hi! My name is Chelsa Smith.  I am so excited to be here working at Compass Public Charter School!  I know this is going to be a great year.  I am an Idaho native, and except for moving to Arizona to teach first grade for one school year, I have lived in Idaho my entire life. I started my college career at Boise State University in 1996 and transferred to Northwest Nazarene University in 2000. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 2001.  I returned to NNU in 2006 and graduated with my Masters Degree in Exceptional Child in 2008.  I have worked as a substitute teacher for grades K-6, taught general education grades 1 and 2, and have taught special education for grades K-12. I have also worked at a developmental disabilities agency working with children with severe behavior concerns. Teaching is one of my passions and it is my privilege to work with your child! When I’m not at Compass I love to spend time with family and friends, relax and read good books. I also love to go the mountains; my family and I spend quite a bit of time in McCall.

Special Ed. - Speech Pathologist

Mrs. Mart

The staff, students and families at Compass are amazing and I feel very fortunate to be a part of this community. I have worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist at Compass for 5 years and worked previously in Washington State and the Boise School District. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family with outdoor activities or watching movies.

Special Ed. - Reading & Inclusion Specialist

Special Ed. - Paraprofessional Elementary


My name is Lisa Geisler. I have worked at Compass Public Charter School for the past two years. Previously, I taught for 5 years in the public school system. Additionally, I worked for a decade in a private school setting as an instructional specialist in Student Academic Support. I am truly excited to begin my new position as a Paraprofessional in Special Education at the elementary location. I look forward to working with the same amazing staff and students again this year. 

When I am not at school, I enjoy gardening, reading, walking, teaching Sunday School and spending time with my husband of twenty nine years and our grown son. Our home also holds a miniature Australian Shepherd, who lives to catch tennis balls and walk the path at Chateau Park. 

It will be great fun to meet our new families and greet our wonderful established families this fall.

Special Ed. - Paraprofessional Secondary

Teri Marlatt


My name is Teri Marlatt and I was born in Pocatello, Idaho. My family moved to Boise before I was 1 year old and I have continued to live in the Boise and Meridian area. I married my amazing husband just after graduating from high school and graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering. I worked in the engineering field for nine years until I left to take care of my two young boys. 

After my sons were both old enough to be in school full days I wanted to start working again, but found it important to be home for them in the summers and before and after school. I found the perfect job working as a paraprofessional in the kindergarten class at their school. I worked in the kindergarten class for just over two years and found that I love being in the school environment and enjoy working with and getting to know the students very much.

Currently, my boys are attending Compass Middle/High School, and I am enjoying working with 7th and 8th grade students in their algebra classes as a paraprofessional for the SPED department.

I’m looking forward to another great year at Compass Charter School. You may even get to see me hanging out in your English classes along with your math classes in the 2015/2016 school year.