Special Education Department

Tiffany Jenkins

Director of Special Education

Phone: 423-547-4000

tiffanyjenkins@carterk12.net

April Howard

Program Coordinator

Phone: 423-547-2937

aprilhoward@carterk12.net

Department Information

The Special Education Department of the Carter County School System serves students ages 3-21 years of age who meet a two prong criteria for services. First, a student must meet criteria for one or more disabilities. These disabilities include the following: developmental delay, blind/visual impairment, deaf/hearing impairments, autistic, intellectually gifted, intellectually delayed, multi-disabilities, physical impairments, emotional disturbance, speech/language impairment, specific learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury, health impairments, or other functional delays. Additionally, if the student meets criteria for one or more disabilities, the student must also be in need of special education intervention in order to progress in his/her educational program.

Special education interventions are provided through a continuum of services ranging from least restrictive to most restrictive, depending upon the needs of the individual student. Consultation, resource services, speech/language services and physical/occupational therapy services are provided in all schools. More comprehensive services are provided for students in need of a smaller, more structured learning environment where a teacher can provide a more intensive approach to academics and/or behaviors. Comprehensive services are provided at the following schools:

Happy Valley Elementary Keenburg Elementary Hunter Elementary

Valley Forge Elementary Hampton Elementary Cloudland Elementary

Unaka Elementary Little Milligan Elementary Cloudland High School

Happy Valley High School Unaka High School

Hampton High School Siam Learning Academy

Office Staff

Amy Mckinney

Secretary

547-4012

amymckinney@carterk12.net

Ellen Hurd

School Psychologist

423-547-4010

ellenhurd@carterk12.net

Laura Jarrett

Early Childhood Coordinator

Assistive Technology Coordinator

423-547-4024

laurajarrett@carterk12.net

Michelle Lovelace

Diagnostician

423-547-4012

michellelovelace@carter12.net

Barbara Marek

Behavior Specialist

423-542-3180

barbaramarek@carterk12tn.net

Special Education Fax Number: (423)-547-4039