Special Education

Beaufort County School District prides itself on its collaborative team approach on behalf of all students with disabilities. The Department of Special Education strives to provide educational services that address the unique learning needs of students with disabilities by implementing individualized, research and standards-based interventions and instructional practices to prepare students for post-secondary outcomes.

OVERARCHING GOALS

Goal 1: All teachers understand and embrace the premise that all students are the responsibility of all staff.

Goal 2: Professional development for regular and special education teachers will be inclusive.

Goal 3: Opportunities will be provided for regular education teachers to be trained in research-based strategies and practices that will support students with disabilities, and special education teachers will participate in all professional development provided for regular education teachers.

Goal 4: All core curriculum and support materials will be provided to both regular and special education teachers with corresponding training.

Goal 5: Collaborative planning time between regular and special education teachers will be scheduled at each school site.

Goal 6: Students with disabilities will participate in core curriculum classes and will be given opportunities to prepare for exams in a differentiated manner.

The Department of Special Education provides a full continuum of special education programs, related services, and placement options for students ages three to twenty-one that meet eligibility requirements for special education services as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education Act (IDIEA). A student must meet eligibility with a disability and must have specific needs which require specially designed instruction to access the general education curriculum and to meet the educational standards that apply to all children by adapting the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction ((34 C.F.R. § 300.39(b)(3)(i); (34 C.F.R. § 300.8)).  A student may meet criteria in one of thirteen areas:

- Specific Learning Disability

- Orthopedic Impairment

-Speech-Language Impairment

- Other Health Impairment

-Developmental Delay

- Traumatic Brain Injury

- Intellectual Disabilities

-Autism

- Emotional Disabilities

- Multiple Disabilities

-Visual Impairment

-Deaf-blindness

- Deaf and Hard of Hearing

For students who meet eligibility requirements, Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, are required by federal law.  An IEP documents the educational and related services a student requires to reach specific short and long-term goals. The IEP is developed by a collaborative team that consists of the child’s parents or legal guardians, general and special education teachers, related service providers, and community agencies. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school and/or Dr. Juliet WhiteDirector of Special Education, at 843-322-5419

 


Director of Special Education
Dr. Juliet White
843-322-5419

Special Education Coordinators

Dr. Julia Brissett
843-322-5923

Juliette Ewing
843-322-5454

Dietra Holmes, Ed.S.
843-322-2394

Rita Jaklitsch, Ed.S., Lead Coordinator
843-322-5452

Amy Nelson
843-322-2303

Carlene Zierfuss
843-322-2393

Leads

Dr. Kristin Anderson, Lead School Psychologist
843-836-4781

Sarah Bazemore, Lead Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
843-322-5536

Calanthia Fripp, Medicaid Specialist
843-322-5455

Katie Giammona, Lead Therapist (DT & PT)
843-322-5447

Jayme Grant, Educational Technology Coach
843-322-2343

Compliance Management Specialists

AnJanette (AJ) Capers

843-322-5446

Damore C. Scoon
843-322-5442

Sheila Wiley
843-322-5448

Tanger Revels
843-322-5432