Special Programs Department
Special Programs Staff
Our team works with students who are eligible to receive special education services based on their demonstrated need for individualized learning support and services.
The team at Leesville Elementary works with students who have a variety of needs. We have three teachers (Beth Childress, Shannon McEnteer, and Debbie Okray), and one teacher assistants (Kellie Cosby) who work with students based in regular education classrooms. The students’ needs are met both with push-in and pull-out services in our two Learning Labs.
We also have two teachers that each have their own classrooms to work with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders on the Extended Standards. Abbey Little and her two teacher assistants, Candise Bright and Sarah Gibson, work in the AU I class work with the younger students. Kathleen Martin and her teacher assistants, LaShawnda Blythe, Jordan Johnson, and Hongvan Vo work in the AU II class work with the older elementary age students.
Included in our Special Education department we have a School Psychologist(Sarah Hamel), Speech-Language Pathologist(Randi Kurtzer), and Occupational Therapist(Cammie Key). Our School Psychologist provides testing for below grade level students who demonstrate a need for possible special education services. Our Speech-Language Pathologist evaluates students for speech and language disorders, provides therapeutic services to those students who are determined to be eligible based on WCPSS and DPI guidelines, and is also a resource for teachers and parents. Our OT provides related services for students in need of occupational therapy.