• 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.


    Vicki Doty, Director of Special Services
    Darinda Steed, Assistant Director
    Latisha Hunt, Assistant Director/Preschool Principal

    Brenda Price, Special Education Coordinator

    Tomeca Ingram, Special Education Coordinator

    Wynelle Leonards, Special Education Coordinator

    Nancy Wilson, Administrative Assistant
    Dahlia Walker, Administrative Assistant
    Melissa Copeland, Data Clerk/Administrative Assistant

    Julie Clayton, Speech Coordinator

    Marsha Vance, Community Based Speech Pathologist

    Dottie Abrams, Special Programs/Speech Pathologist 

    Vanessa Smith, Assistive Technology Coordinator

    Tarea Stout, Transition Coordinator
    Trinette Nichols, Transition Specialist
    Susan Pinkston, Educator/Job Coach
    Johnny Ellis Jr., Transportation/Job Coach

    Rachel Bowen, School Psychologist
    Stacy Davis, Psychometrist
    Patsy Eads, Psychometrist
    Shelley Helenius, Gifted Coordinator/Psychometrist 
    Valarie Williams, Psychometrist
    Cathy Giroux, Physical Therapist
    Kim Curbow-Wilcox, Physical Therapist

    Peter Giroux, Occupational Therapist
    Jana Stringer, Occupational Therapist
    Lynette Williams, Occupational Therapist
    Sandra Dahmash, Occupational Therapist
    Jeff Foster, Occupational Therapist
    Melissa Kaye, McCombs Occupational Therapist
    Meredith Duncan, Occupational Therapist
    Angela Boyd, Behavior Specialist
    Marie Hill, Behavior Specialist 
    Monica Parnell, ABA Trainer
    Hope Vancil, Hearing Impaired Services/Homebound Instructor
    Office Of Special Services
    476 Highland Colony Parkway
    Ridgeland, MS 39157

    601.853.1326 (office)