Special Education

Michele Mitchell, Executive Director
Student Advancement
(757) 283-7850 x.10405

E-mail Special Education


Social Work Services

Richard Dirmeyer, Supervisor
(757) 283-7850 x.10528

School social workers provide the following services to support smart, safe, and nurturing schools:

  1. Work collaboratively to mobilize the resources of the school and community to meet the educational needs of students and families as well as to facilitate access to mental health services.
  2. Provide intervention, consultation, and counseling for students who are experiencing significant difficulties that adversely impact educational experiences.
  3. Participate in multidisciplinary team meetings (e.g. Child Study) to assist in the development of Tier 1, 2, and 3 interventions to address concerns that impact students’ academic and/or behavioral performance.
  4. Interview parents and conduct appropriate assessments to assist in the process of eligibility determination for possible special education services.
  5. Provide support and advocacy to parents to ensure positive engagement with school and their community through direct intervention (e.g. parenting skill sessions), consultation, and connection to community resources. 
  6. Work collaboratively with all professionals within the school to provide crisis intervention, violence prevention, and suicide prevention services.

Professional Associations

Resources for Parents


School Social Workers

Preschool/PEEP

Denbigh Early Childhood Donna Thornton, 591-4963 x.30582
Lee Hall Early Childhood Donna Thornton, 591-4963 x.30582
Marshall Early Childhood Sara Chopp, 591-4963 x.30581
Watkins Early Childhood Sara Chopp, 591-4963 x.30581

All PEEP Social Workers are based out of Gatewood PEEP Center.

Elementary Schools

Achievable Dream Academy Mara Yoko, 886-7985 x.18581 - (BLOG)
Carver Shannon Rivera, 591-4950 x.20563
Charles Jennifer Stringfield, 928-6810 x.47131
Deer Park Shannon Rivera, 591-4950 x.20563
Discovery Stem Academy Samantha Lindtner, 928-6838 x.42580
Dutrow Chrystal Bailey, 283-7803 x.36580
Epes Mara Yoko, 886-7985 x.18581 - (BLOG)
General Stanford Donna Thornton, 591-4963 x.30582
Greenwood Alyssa Cottone, 886-7744 x.33580
Hidenwood Lindsey Brown, 591-4766 x.34580
Hilton Samantha Lindtner, 928-6838 x.42580
Jenkins Mara Yoko, 886-7985 x.18581 - (BLOG)
Kiln Creek Emily Lafountain, 591-4917 x.54580
Lee Hall Maria Henriquez, 591-4670 x.10413
McIntosh Chrystal Bailey, 283-7803 x.36580
Nelson Sara Chopp, 591-4963 x.30581
Newsome Park Chrystal Bailey, 283-7803 x.36580
Palmer Maria Henriquez, 591-4670 x.10413
Richneck Lindsey Brown, 591-4766 x.34580
Riverside Emily Lafountain, 591-4917 x.54580
Sanford Charles Brooks, 283-7861 x.67580
Saunders Alyssa Cottone, 886-7744 x.33580
Sedgefield Jennifer Stringfield, 928-6810 x.47131
Yates Shannon Rivera, 591-4950 x.20563

Middle Schools

Achievable Dream Middle & High Stephanie Gore, 247-2568 x.17580 - (BLOG)
Crittenden Stephanie Gore /Charles Brooks , 247-2568 x.17580 - (BLOG)
Dozier Chrystal Bailey, 283-7803 x.36580
Gildersleeve Maria Henriquez, 591-4670 x.10413
Hines Samantha Lindtner, 928-6838 x.42580
Huntington Stephanie Gore, 247-2568 x.17580 - (BLOG)
Passage Charles Brooks, 283-7861 x.67580
Washington Stephanie Gore, 247-2568 x.17580 - (BLOG)

High Schools

Achievable Dream Middle & High Stephanie Gore, 247-2568 x.17580 - (BLOG)
Denbigh Lindsey Brown, 591-4766 x.34580
Heritage Stephanie Gore, 247-2568 x.17580 - (BLOG)
Menchville Emily Lafountain, 591-4917 x.54580
Warwick Charles Brooks, 283-7861 x.67580
Woodside Jennifer Stringfield, 928-6810 x.47131