Exceptional Children

The Exceptional Children's Department offers services (e.g. speech, occupational therapy, resource, physical therapy, visual/hearing services, etc.) to eligible students identified under guidelines set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Services are provided by highly qualified and licensed teachers and related services staff in the least restrictive environment.

Parents and educators can begin the referral process to determine a student's eligibility for Exceptional Children's services by working with the student's home school Student Assistance Team. At the appropriate time and if needed, the Student Assistance Team will work with the school's Exceptional Children's department to obtain necessary testing and assessment. To review data, interventions, records and assessment results, an Individual Education Program (IEP) team (which includes the parent/guardian) will meet and make the final decision regarding a student's eligibility for services.

Tyrrell County Schools follows all state and federal laws and guidelines governing the delivery of Exceptional Children's services. For more information contact the principal at your child's school or the Exceptional Children's Department Director at 252-796-1121.


TCS Staff of Excellence

Sarah Fox, EC Coordinator, (252) 796-1121 ext. 254

Endia Yancey, EC Administrative Asst., (252) 796-1121

Tyrrell Elementary School: (252) 796-3881

Kristy Thompson, Teacher/Case Manager

Laura Spencer-Harris, Teacher/Case Manager

Columbia Middle School: (252) 796-0369

Ashley Synyard, Teacher/Case Manager

Columbia High School: (252) 796-8161

Jeanette Collins, Teacher/Case Manager

Amanda Hall-Fleming, Teacher/Case Manager

Torene Webb, Teacher/Case Manager

Support Staff:

James Gaynor, Occupational Therapist

Dr. Dean McCall, Physical Therapist

Exceptional Children's Preschool Program:

Dedra Clegg, PK Lead Teacher

Betty Rose, PK Lead Teacher

Vivian Horton, PK Instructional Assistant



Important Links

Parent Resources - This handbook is designed to support families with the understanding of the rights and responsibilities specific to the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources can be found in the appendices.
If, at any time, you suspect your student may have a disability and is in need of special education and/or related services, you may request an evaluation, in writing, to your student’s school principal, teacher, or EC Teacher.

Project Child Find - For further information regarding Child Find or if you suspect your student may have a disability and need special education and/or related services, please contact: EC Program Coordinator – Sarah Fox , [email protected]  252-796-1121

Exceptional Children Division - NC DPI   - The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilitiesdevelop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of anappropriate individualized program in the least restrictive environment.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for Families


Informational Documents