Director of School & Partner Engagement and Director of Special Education
Dave Haveman brings over 20 years of unique special education experiences to the team at Creatively Focused. He began his career in 1997 and taught at Intermediate School District 917 and St. Paul Public Schools as a special education teacher and O&M specialist for blind/visually impaired students. In 2006, Dave’s career pivoted to leadership and his administration experience started in South Washington County Schools (2006-09), where he served as the Supervisor of Special Education for elementary, middle, and high school programming. He transitioned to director of special education work for a variety of charter schools across the state of Minnesota in 2009, serving both the Twin Cities and Bemidji areas of the state for 5 years. From 2014-2020, Dave served the Hastings community as the Director of Special Services, and he directly managed B-12+ programming in the domains of Special Education, Section 504, McKinney-Vento, English Learners, Health Services, ADSIS, MA billing and ECSE. Beyond the domains listed, Dave’s expertise includes creating efficient and effective systems and teams, school climate, personnel matters, job descriptions/responsibilities, and the development of teachers and leaders at a site and district level.