Madison County School District

Department of Special Services


With an unyielding commitment to excellence, MCSD Special Services Department seeks to identify the special needs of exceptional children and address those needs through a variety of program options and opportunities, striving always to recognize and nurture the unique potential of each student.


The Madison County School District offers a full continuum of services for students with disabilities. Eligible students from ages three to twenty-one are served in our school district. Qualified teachers, therapists, and trained support personnel strive to offer the most appropriate programs for each student. We are continuing to expand our programs to meet the wide variety of student needs. Our staff attend conferences and workshops to learn and implement the current trends in Special and Gifted education.

The Department of Special Services of MCSD strives to find, evaluate and teach every student found to have a disability while creating an environment enabling them to learn in their least restrictive environment and providing them a free appropriate education. Through an Individualized Education Plan, we offer each student extensive opportunities and individualized services while maximizing the potential of every student. We have a variety of programs designed to meet the instructional needs of each student eligible for services from ages three to twenty-one. These programs include services in the area of Gifted, Homebound, Special Education, Transition, Speech Therapy and other Related Services, 504 and Teacher Support Team Intervention Plans. Each school within our district offers a variety of special education services. There are special district-wide classes established to serve students with lower incidence disabilities. As a district Madison County educators, both special education and regular education, work together as a team to meet the unique needs of all our students.


Lynn Slay, Director of Special Services and 504 Coordinator
Cris Bryan, Assistant Director
Vicki Doty, Assistant Director
Beth Haller, Assistant Director
Lillian Prewitt, Assistant Director

Nancy Wilson, Administrative Assistant
Dahlia Walker, Administrative Assistant
Tarea Stout, Transition Coordinator
Trinette Nichols, Transition Specialist
Susan Pinkston, Educator/Job Coach
Jack Hobbs, Special Projects/Job Coach
Johnnie Ellis Jr., Transportation/Job Coach
Laura Berry, Job/Coach
Jackie Nichols, Transportation/Job Coach

Rachel Bowen, School Psychologist and Psychometrist
Jennifer Cooley, Psychometrist
Shelly Crunk, Psychometrist
Patsy Eads, Psychometrist

Krissy Beattie, Assistive Technology Coordinator
Phyllis Regnier, Music Educator

Cathy Giroux, Physical Therapist
Kim Curbow-Wilcox, Physical Therapist

Peter Giroux, Occupational Therapist
Jana Stringer, Occupational Therapist
Lorraine Street, Occupational Therapist
Lynette Williams, Occupational Therapist
Sandra Dahmash, Occupational Therapist
Jeff Foster, Occupational Therapist

Marie Hill, Behavior Specialist
Jennifer Williams, Behavior Specialist and Gifted Coordinator 
Bruce Miller, ABA
Shawanda McGruder, ABA
Monica Parnell, ABA
Myia Smith, ABA
Lakeisha Ross, ABA
Office Of Special Services
476 Highland Colony Parkway
Ridgeland, MS 39157
601.853.1326 (office)
601.853.7610 (fax)