Our Focus for 2020-2021

Our Focus for 2020-2021

Director’s Update:

I joined the CCPS team in July and have been working every day toward the opening of school.  Now that school has started, it is wonderful to once again see and hear students engaging whether physically in the classroom or virtually.  The global pandemic has caused us all to make a lot of changes but our priority is the same – learning!

It is my pleasure to share with you some of the priorities we have identified for the 2020-2021 school year. It is our goal to:

  1. increase parent and community involvement in our Special Education Advisory Committee – We want to hear from you!
  2. strengthen our DevelopMentor program to support our special education teachers across the division.
  3. reinforce our teaching practices to ensure that every student’s IEP reflects specially designed instruction
  4. fortify our special education processes to adhere to the Regulations Governing Special Education Programs.

I would like to personally extend an invitation to our parents and community members to attend the Special Education Advisory Committee meetings.  At our first meeting on October 8, the agenda will include an overview of special education in CCPS.  There will be a time of questions and answers.  Please plan to attend.  Links to join and updates will be provided on the SEAC portion of our website.

Kind regards,

Paige Carter

Director of Special Education

Change is in the Air

Paige Carter stands outside under the trees on a beautiful day.

There is much change going on in our communities right now and some of it is very special.

The Special Education Department for Caroline County Schools is delighted to be joined by a community member, former SPED teacher and administrator, Paige Carter, as the new SPED Director.

An Extraordinary Year

As the last five days of the 2019-2020 fiscal year comes to an end, we can celebrate our successes and learn from the changes we have experienced. We have seen much success in Special Education, our schools, and our communities. May the students, their families, faculty, and staff find joy and peace in the upcoming days.

The Special Education Department would like to thank our director, Lora Glass as she moves on to retirement, for the years she put towards making CCPS and our special population strive for success. We wish Mrs. Glass the very best!

Mental Health Awareness Month

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are spotlighting our current staff who support employee and student wellness. 

Valeta Dixon, School Social Worker

My name is Valeta Dixon and I am a School Social Worker. I graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work and Psychology and earned my Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. I have worked in Caroline County for over twenty years and currently serve Lewis and Clark Elementary, Madison Elementary and Caroline High School as part of their support staff. My main responsibilities include: helping support the academic, behavioral, social/emotional needs of students through general education or special education avenues as part of the child study, eligibility and IEP teams within each school, meeting with families to complete Sociocultural Assessments and obtaining adaptive behavior information and identifying and linking students and families for community-based services to help provide support.  

This is what I do, and I appreciate what you do!  #OneCaroline 

Mental Health Awareness Month

 In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, we are spotlighting our current staff who support employee and student wellness.    

Susan Gayle has been working with Caroline County Public Schools since 1984, first as a volunteer and then as a substitute school teacher.

Susan has been the Parent Teacher Resource Coordinator since 1994.  She has provided professional development workshops on a variety of topics relating to Special Education to faculty and families. Susan is currently the Certified Mandt Crisis Prevention trainer and has been since 2006,

Since 2014, Susan received Basic Mediation Training, is the Certified LEAP trainer for VCU-Partnership for People with Disabilities, Mental Health First Aid, ASIST Suicide, Suicide Alertness, Parents as Collaborative Leaders-Basic and Advanced. Since 2015- Certified Trainer for Ruby Payne-Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World, Bridges Out of Poverty.  Since 2017- Career Counselor-DARS-Section 511 Trainer for VCU.

As the Homebound/Homebased Coordinator, she collaborates with faculty, staff, and families to enhance teaching and learning, provide support and promote shared resources and services.Susan has served in many leadership roles: consultant to the Special Education Advisory Committee since 2002, Chairperson for the Family Fair Planning Team and the Fredericksburg Area Council on Transition (FACT).  

Susan is glad to be a “listening ear” for families and staff.

 This is what I do, and I appreciate what you do!  #OneCaroline