celebrating leadership

Saginaw Intermediate School District (Saginaw ISD) would like to celebrate our Birch Run Area Schools Special Education Supervisor, Liz Mulligan, for completing her Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Wayne State University. "While I learned so much from these classes, I am learning even more each and every day by doing the work in Birch Run and from my teammates at Saginaw ISD," said Ms. Mulligan. Liz also shared that her favorite part of earning her degree was interacting and learning from a diverse group of educators from all over the state. Executive Director of Special Education Erin Senkowski stated, "Liz has been a great addition to the Special Education team this past year. She has embraced her new role as the Special Education Supervisor at Birch run while working to promote inclusive practices for students with disabilities in the district. I am looking forward to Liz's continued leadership for years to come." In addition to her Education Specialist Degree, Ms. Mulligan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University.  Her endorsements include Learning Disabilities, Social Studies, Visual Impairments, and certifications in Special Education Administration and Central Office Administration.

Liz Mulligan Biography

Elizabeth (Liz) Mulligan is new to Saginaw ISD as of August 2022 and is the Special Education Supervisor supporting the Birch Run Area Schools.  Liz has been a Special Educator in Oakland County for the last fifteen years, including five years as an Elementary Resource Teacher in the Brandon School District and the previous nine years as a Teacher Consultant for the Visually Impaired for Oakland Schools ISD. She is a dedicated advocate for students with disabilities and works hard to protect privacy rights and dignity for all students and families.

As a Special Educator in the Brandon School District, Liz taught students (cross-categorical) in a K-4 building with strong, inclusive practices.  Liz led the implementation of a Response to Intervention (RTI) program, which included creating intervention plans and data collection methods.  She has experience coaching other teachers in developing and implementing academic and behavioral intervention plans and support systems. During her time in Brandon,  Liz also taught at Wayne State University as an adjunct faculty member in the College of Education.

While at Oakland Schools, Liz worked to support students with low-incidence disabilities.  She collaborated with teachers and ancillary staff in districts to build the capacity to support students with visual impairments from birth to age 26 across the entire continuum of services.  Liz was on the Board of Directors for the  Michigan Chapter of the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (MAER) for two years. She also became a Perkins-Roman Endorsed CVI Specialist, which helped in her role of supporting center-based programs for multiple impaired populations within the county.  Liz is a part of a small number of professionals in the state of Michigan to receive this endorsement. 

Liz holds a B.S. in Business Administration and M.A. in Teaching degrees from Wayne State University.  Her endorsements include Learning Disabilities, Social Studies, and Visual Impairments, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree from Wayne State University, and Special Education Administration and Central Office Administration certifications.

Liz and her husband Tim have three adult sons and a career-changed Leader Dog named Gus.  Some of her favorite things to do are hanging out with family, reading, traveling the world, sitting by the sea, nature walks, and British television. 

About Saginaw ISD

Saginaw Intermediate School District (SISD) is an educational service agency that provides effective and innovative leadership, services, resources, and programs throughout Saginaw County. Saginaw ISD provides career and technical education, early childhood, finance, human resources, instruction, pupil accounting, special education, technology, and transportation services. In addition, SISD operates multiple educational programs to meet the unique needs of students ages birth to 26 across Saginaw County, including: Hartley Outdoor Education Center, Head Start/Early Head Start and Great Start to Readiness Programs, Great Lakes Bay Early College, Saginaw County Juvenile Detention Center School, and Special Education Center Programs.

Saginaw ISD serves 12 local school districts, six public school academies, and 22 non-public schools, with a total enrollment of approximately 26,000 students. Public school districts supported include: Birch Run Area Schools, Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District, Carrollton Public Schools, Chesaning Union Schools, Frankenmuth School District, Freeland Community School District, Hemlock Public School District, Merrill Community Schools, Saginaw Public School District, Saginaw Township Community Schools, St. Charles Community Schools, and Swan Valley School District.