Special Education Department

Dr. Diana Bowers

Special Education Director

Phone: 423-547-4013

Fax: 423-547-4039

dianabowers@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

Happy Valley High Unaka High Cloudland High

Hampton High 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

Barbara Marek

Behavior Specialist

423-542-3180

barbaramarek@carterk12tn.net

Sherri Collins

Diagnostician

423-547-4012

sherricollins@carterk12.net

Michelle Lovelace

Special Education Technology Coach

423-547-4000 Ext - 4062

michellelovelace@carter12.net