About Exceptional Education





Kitty Crawford, Director

1712 Whitesville Road

LaGrange, Georgia 30240

PH: 706-812-7939

FAX:  706-883-2395

Office hours 7:30am - 4:30pm

Summer hours M-Th 7am - 5:30pm

Our Mission

The mission of Troup County School System’s Exceptional Education Department is to provide individualized services and support to students with disabilities as well as those who are gifted. These services focus on enhancing student achievement and provide opportunities for them to reach up to their greatest potential. The program is designed to develop academic, social-emotional, and leadership skills among all students.

Description of Special Education Services

In compliance with the Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA 2004); the Exceptional Education Department provides special education and related services to students with disabilities. These services focus on enhancing student achievement and post-secondary outcomes through implementation of regional and statewide activities for students, families, educators, administrators, and other stakeholders. Targeted areas for services and supports include accessible instructional materials, assistive technology, curriculum access and alignment, dropout prevention, family engagement, least restrictive environment, positive behavior supports, and transition.

Letter to Parents - School Choice

Special Education Performance Goals


Description of Gifted Education

TCSS provides gifted education services to students who demonstrate a high degree of intellectual, academic, and/or creative abilities, exhibit an

exceptionally high degree of motivation, and/or excel in specific academic fields, and who need specialized instruction and/or ancillary services to

achieve at levels commensurate with their abilities. TCSS follows non-discriminatory procedures with respect to race, religion, national origin,

gender, disabilities and/or socio-economic background in the referral, identification, evaluation, placement, and services of gifted students.


The Troup County Pyramid of Interventions
Gifted Education Services Manual




Special Education Eligibility Categories


Specially Designed Instruction

The Continuum of Services

Information for Parents

Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership

Parent Training and Information Center

Parent Rights

Transportation for Students with Disabilities    
Special transportation is provided to students whose Individualized Education Program (IEP) addresses the need for transporting the student to and from school either on the general education school bus with special modifications or a special school bus with modifications.  An IEP committee may determine that the student requires special transportation as a related service and modifications necessary to transport the student.  Modifications may include but are not limited to; power lifts, wheelchair fasteners, special seat belts; harnesses, car seat, bus monitor, and special seating.

If you have any questions about special transportation please contact your student’s teacher or one of the coordinators at the Exceptional Education Center (EEC).

Exceptional Education Services Staff

Kitty Crawford


LaTanya Barkley - Coordinator of Instructional Programs

Shari Dillon - Coordinator of Instructional Programs

Dawnyell King - Coordinator of Psychological Services

Jessica Morman - Coordinator of Special Programs (speech, hearing, vision, assistive technology)

Specialty Staff  
Parent Mentor - Jodi Mazzolini       
Preschool Special Education Teacher – Anne Tiffin  
Preschool Speech/Language Pathologist/Assistive Technology - Kristen Hall
RTI Facilitators - Lesley McInvale, Amber McWhorter, Angelique Woodyard
RTI Interventionist - Nancy Chambley, Whitney Ligon
SSIP Coach - Vanessa Roberts

Teachers of the Hearing Impaired – Maria Solomon
Transition Facilitor - Tamikia Brown

Transition Specialist – Vanessa Roberts
Teacher of the Visually Impaired – Tony Whisnant

School Psychologists

Sembenea Baker
Jade Enrique
Tisha Harper

Ashara McKee-Wiliiams

Exceptional Education Center (EEC) Support Staff     
Kellie Jeffries
Danna Perdue
Hilda Strickland

Judy Yawn