Special Education Department

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.

-Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Estrada


"Special education is not a place where children go for services, but services children receive in accordance with their Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in the least restrictive environment."


Our mission is to implement curricular and instructional initiatives that support the achievement of students with disabilities in compliance with state and federal mandates. It is the commitment of the Special Education department here at Golden Ring Middle school to ensure all students with disabilities have access to a full continuum of services while being educated with nondisabled peers to the maximum extent possible.

Our goal is to meet the unique needs of our students with a disability by providing additional services, support, programs, and/ or specialized placements or environments, to ensure all students' educational needs are provided for.

Special Education
Erica Cooperstein                       [email protected] (IEP Chair)
Kathryn Thompson                     [email protected] (Dept. Chair)
Traci Chavis                              t[email protected]
Susan Echutakang                                 [email protected]
Mark Mc Lendon                        [email protected] 
Sean Clark                                [email protected]
Alyssa Lindsey                                           [email protected]
Patricia Devon                                           [email protected]
Mildred Jordan                                         [email protected]
 Mark McLendon                                       [email protected]