Exceptional Children

(828) 682-6101 ext. 119

Our Mission is to ensure that students with disabilities develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through appropriate individualized education in the least restrictive environment.

Notice from NC Department of Education

Stakeholder Engagement in Selecting SPP/APR New Targets and Improvement Strategies NC will be starting a new 5-year cycle of our State Performance Plan in February, 2022. We want to partner with stakeholders--especially parents of students with disabilities--to set the new indicator targets and write our new plan. Please share this invitation with your LEA's parents of students with disabilities, staff, community partners (including communities of faith), PTAs, and any other organizations with specific interest in the outcomes of students with disabilities. Questions can be directed to Lauren Holahan, SSIP Coordinator, at Lauren.Holahan@dpi.nc.gov .

Margie Stebbeds - Exceptional Children's Director

828-682-6101 ext. 120


Cindy Barnett - Compliance/Data Manager

828-682-6101 ext. 119


Exceptional Children's Teachers

Blue Ridge Elementary School

Sissy Edwards-

Tracie Bartlett-Dover

Burnsville Elementary

Rachel Lewis

Julie McKinney

Allison Price - Extend 1 Classroom

Cane River Middle School

Morgan Olson

Sasha Briggs - Extend 1 Classroom

East Yancey Middle School

Samantha Murphy

Michelle Geouge

Micaville Elementary

Angela Melton

Mountain Heritage High School

Angela Johnson

Trent Burleson

Kevin Tipton

Shannon Anders

Valerie Thomas - Extend 1 Classroom

Amanda Ogle - Extend 1 Classroom

South Toe Elementary

Angela Melton

Related Services

Quincy Sparks - Behavioral Specialist

Samantha Morris - Physical Therapist

Wendy Gortney - Occupational Therapist

Kathleen Schmitt - Occupational Therapist

Jake Kopitzke - School Psychologist

Ashley Spargo - Speech Therapist

Melanie Fender - Speech Therapist

Brianne McFee - Speech Therapist

District Bus Drivers and Monitors

Danny Ray - Bus Monitor

Debbie Beaver - Bus Monitor

Jane Presnell - Bus Monitor

Karen Byrd - Bus Driver

Tammy Buchanan - Bus Driver