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University of South Carolina Upstate: Special Education Degree

Mrs. Cassie Carson, Academic Support I/Inclusion

I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember! I have always had a passion for learning and wanted to share that passion with my students. I love seeing my students learn new things and reach challenging goals in their learning. 

I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and our dog. I also enjoy shopping and coffee from Starbucks!

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Degrees and Certifications:

Winthrop College

Miss Lori Estes, Reading Interventionist

My passion for teaching stemmed from helping a first grade class when I was just in the 7th grade.  I love working with students and making a difference in their lives.

I enjoy reading and traveling.

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Degrees and Certifications:

Winthrop University, B. S. Elementary Education; University of South Carolina, M. Ed. Language and Literacy

Mrs. Emily Harper, Reading Recovery and Reading Interventionist

 

DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR

I became a teacher because I have always loved learning and I wanted to pass that love of learning on to my students. I wanted to be an influence in my students' lives just as my teachers have been in mine. 

I enjoy shopping, traveling, and spending time with my family. I also love to cheer on my South Carolina Gamecocks! 

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Degrees and Certifications:

Lander University-Bachelor of Science Special Education, University of South Carolina- Master of Education Language and Literacy

Mrs. Juliet Parris, Literacy Coach

I grew up with a special needs family member who was very dear to me. She inspired my desire to teach students with special needs of all ages. I love crocheting, weaving, sewing, and making crafts. I also sing and play the mandolin with my family. We all play stringed instruments together and love music. 

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Degrees and Certifications:

Catawba College (BA in Physical Education/Health). ASU (Masters of Education in Special Education). WCU (Educational Specialist)

Mrs. Reta Simmons, Academic Support 1

To teach is to believe that lives can be changed by opening new doors to the future.  To encourage and help students learn what seemed to be an impossibility for them at one time. To see that light come on that holds the key for a whole new adventure in learning. All this being said, "Never give up on the possibilities/potential that a student can possess". "Keep on Keeping On".   

I enjoy spending time with my family and spending quality time with my husband.  I also enjoy cooking, crafts, animal research, spending time with my animals, singing, learning to play musical instruments, and traveling.   

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Degrees and Certifications:

East Tennessee State University BS in Early Childhood Education MS in Communicative Disorders

Mrs. Jamie Stalls, Speech Therapist

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I am fulfilling God's purpose for me. Every day I get to help students achieve their communication goals, I am doing what I was called to do. Speech therapy is my calling!

When I am not at work, I enjoy my time with my husband, my daughter, and son on our small farm. Reading, traveling, and going fishing are some of my favorite hobbies.  I rarely turn down an opportunity to go on a road trip! Country music...real country music is life! Attending concerts is probably my all time favorite thing to do with my friends. 

  • Special Services

    Special services are available for children with special needs.  Teachers licensed to provide special education services assist students identified with Autism, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Deaf-blindness, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech-Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Visual Impairment.  Parents who have questions concerning these programs may call the office.

     

    • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)- Section 504 is a federal law that requires public schools to make adjustments so that students with certain disabilities can learn and participate in settings like other students who do not have disabilities. To be eligible for services under Section 504, a student must have a condition that substantially limits one or more major life activities. A team decides if a student is eligible. The team should include the student’s parent or legal guardian, the student (if able), and others who know the student or know about the student’s disability, such as a teacher, a guidance counselor, a school nurse, and other school staff. If the student is eligible, the team develops an individual accommodation plan. The individual accommodation plan explains how the student’s needs will be met while at school and may include health services for the student during the school day if needed. To learn more about Section 504, contact the Director of Special Services at 803-684-1905.

     

    • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)- Students, ages 3 through 21 years, may receive services under the IDEA if the student needs special education and related services to benefit from his or her educational program. A team decides if a student qualifies for services under the IDEA. The team includes the student’s parent or legal guardian, teachers, and other school staff. The team develops an individualized education program (IEP) if the student meets federal and state requirements. The IEP outlines a plan for helping the student receive a free appropriate public education and meet goals set by the team. The IEP may include health services for the student during the school day if needed. To learn more about the IDEA, contact the Director of Special Services 803-684-1905.