About Special Education

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The School-To-Working Program is designed to prepare students for the workplace by providing them with opportunities to explore various industries, gain new job skills, and apply knowledge to real-world situations through Community Based Work Instruction and Job Shadowing. The School-To-Working Program also encompasses School House Granola and Young Adults in Transition programs.

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Special Education and 504 Coordinators:

Programs - Contact/Title:

  • 504  -  Tami Moran, Program Area Specialist
  • AAA Programs  -  Nikki Lockhart, Program Area Specialist
  • ASCEND - Carla Layton, Program Area Specialist
  • Behavior Units  -  Denise Houston, Program Area Specialist
  • Boardmaker  -  Susan Peppenhourst, Behavior Specialist
  • Deaf Ed/Hearing Impaired  -  Ann Glass,; Program Area Specialist
  • Edgenuity  -  Denise Houston,Program Area Specialist
  • Falcon Flight  -  Carla Layton, Program Area Specialist
  • Lexia  -  Ginny Carroll, Program Area Specialist
  • New Direction/DYS  -  Denise Houston, Program Area Specialist
  • Transition/The Growing Place -  Mendy Gwin, Program Area Specialist
  • PowerSchool  -  Tami Moran, Program Area Specialist
  • Project Search  -  Carla Layton, Program Area Specialist
  • Reading Plus  -  Mendy Gwin, Program Area Specialist
  • Speech  -  Carla Layton, Program Area Specialist
  • Speech  -  Haley Cotton
  • Speech  -  Ashley Hamlin
  • Speech  -  Alana Flow, Program Area Specialist
  • Success Maker  -  Hannah Burton, Program Area Specialist
  • Teachtown  -  Taylor Norris, Behavior Specialist
  • WhyTry  -  Amy Kirkland, Behavior Specialist


  • Jennifer Heerten - Psychometrist
  • Claire Schaefer - Psychometrist
  • Mary Strawbridge - Psychometrist
  • Jamie Williams - Psychometrist


  • Julie Robinson
  • Tamara Wilson
  • Jaclyn Porter

The Growing Place

The mission of The Growing Place is to give young adults with disabilities the skills they need to be productive and independent citizens, while helping them build the self-confidence needed to use these skills. At The Growing Place, secondary students with disabilities participate in meaningful and functional activities in the areas of daily living skills, social interactions and occupational skills that will increase their independence and productivity within their communities

Learn more about the Growing Place

A special "Thank you" to our sponsors for their donations which support of our program!

Falcon Flight

Shelby County Schools, Department of Rehabilitation Services, and University of Montevallo Transition Program designed to teach functional life skills and entry-level work skills to special education students and to support their growth into adulthood.

Learn more about Falcon Flight

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