• 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 public 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. These programs include services in the areas 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


    Latisha Hunt, Assistant Director/Preschool Principal

    Darinda Steed, Assistant Director

    Brenda Price, Assistant Director


    Wynelle Leonards, Special Education Coordinator

    Tomeca Ingram, Special Education Coordinator

    Mary Edwards, Special Projects Coordinator


    Melissa Copeland, Records/Data Clerk

    Cathy Barnett, Administrative Assistant/Grants Accountant

     Dahlia Walker, Receptionist


    Julie Clayton, Speech/Language Pathologist

    Marsha Vance, Community-Based Speech/Language Pathologist


    Jenny Butler, Transition Coordinator
    Trinette Nichols, Transition Specialist
    Johnny Ellis Jr., Transportation/Job Coach
    Heather Ford, School Psychologist
    Valarie Williams, Psychometrist

    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

    Marie Hill, Behavior Specialist
    Jazzmine Williams, Behavior Specialist
    Hope Vancil, Hearing Impaired Services/Homebound Instructor
    Office Of Special Services
    476 Highland Colony Parkway
    Ridgeland, MS 39157

    601.853.1326 (office)