Special Education

The department of Special Education includes services that support our local schools in providing special education and related services to students with disabilities. Our services focus on enhancing student achievement and outcomes through the development and implementation of an instructionally appropriate Individual Educational Program that is developed during an IEP team meeting. We believe that all students can learn and will graduate from Hawkins County Schools.
Angela Jackson Director of Special Education

Angela Jackson
Director of Special Education Education

423-272-7629  Ext:2404
Email : angela.jackson@hck12.net

Child Find


The purpose of child find is to locate and evaluate children who are suspected of having a disability interferes with learning, special education and /or related services may be recommended. related services may include (but are not limited to)

Speech /Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

Who May Refer Children?

Referrals for screening may be made be parents, teachers, physicians, public service agencies, or other concerned individuals.

What is the child Find Process?

Step 1

A screening process may occur to determine the possibility of delays in the development of the child.

Step 2

An evaluation may occur to assess eligibility for pre-school special education programs and to identify the child's strengths and needs.

Step 3

Once eligibility has been established, an individualized program is planned by an IEP ( Individual Educational Program ) Team, which includes the parent/guardian of the child.
Educational intervention may continue when the child enters school, and may be maintained until the age of 21, depending on the child's individual needs.

Eligibility areas are:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Functional Delay
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectually Gifted
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic/Physical Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech/Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

Gifted Child Find

High Intellectual Potential Students

Intellectual giftedness is found throughout diverse populations and crosses all economic and cultural boundaries. Early identification and intervention are often required to meet the unique needs of these children.

Definition and Criteria for Eligibility for Giftedas defined by the Tennessee State Department of Education


“Intellectually Gifted” means a child whose intellectual abilities and potential for achievement are so outstanding the child’s educational performance is adversely affected. “Adverse affect” means the general curriculum alone is inadequate to appropriately meet the student’s educational needs.

Criteria for Eligibility:

Eligibility for services as a gifted student is based on evaluation in each of the following component areas:

  • Educational Performance
  • Creativity/Characteristics of
  • intellectual giftedness
  • Cognition/Intelligence

Ten core attributes of giftedness may be seen in students regardless of socio-economic status, culture, or race. These Traits, Aptitudes, and Behaviors (TABs) were identified by Dr. Mary Frasier and are associated with giftedness of children with outstanding talent. Characteristics of creativity identified by Dr. E. Paul Torrance may be indicative of giftedness or outstanding talent.

Frasier-TABs and Definitions

1. Motivation: Evidence of desire to learn.
2. Interests: A feeling of intentness, passion, concern, or curiosity about something. 3. Communication skills: Highly expressive and effective use of word, numbers, symbols, and so forth.
4. Problem-solving ability: Effective, often inventive, strategies for recognizing and solving problems.
5. Memory: Large storehouse of information on school or nonschool topics.
6. Inquiry: Question, experiments, explores.
7. Insight: Quickly grasps new concepts and makes connection, senses deeper meanings.
8. Reasoning: Logical approaches to figuring out solutions.
9. Imagination and creativity: Produces many ideas, highly original.

Torrance-Characteristics of Creativity

1. Fluency: Ability to think of , or produce many , ideas or products.
2. Flexibility: Ability to think of many different kinds or categories of responses to stimulus.
3. Originality: Unusual or infrequent responses compared to age peers. 4. Abstractness of thought: the ability to capture the essence of something by going beyond what is seen or heard by telling a story, giving dialogue revealing thoughts, or suggesting meaning in an abstract way.
5. Elaboration: Imagination and exposition of detail.
6. Resistance to Closure: ability to delay closure long enough to make the mental leap that makes possible more original idea.

The Referral Process:

Anyone, including the parent(s), or guardian, or community professionals may refer a student for screening and possible evaluation. A screening team of educational professionals considers screening information, previous evaluations, and teacher/parent input to determine if a comprehensive evaluation is needed. The team’s decision is based on multiple data sources. An assessment team will determine the types of assessment needed. All procedural safeguards are followed to ensure evaluation procedures are non-discriminatory.

Services for Gifted Students:

Special services are often required to meet the unique needs of gifted children. A team of professionals and the child’s parent(s) plan the student’s educational program based on the assessment information obtained through the evaluation process.


Angela Jackson
Director of Special Education
Angela Jackson Director of Special Education
423-272-7629  Ext:2404      
Email : angela.jackson@hck12.net
Tammy Gibson
Assistant Director Special Education
Tammy Gibson Assistant Director Special Education
423-272-7629  Ext:2405      
Email : tammy.gibson@hck12.net
Jo Ferguson
Administrative Assistant
Jo Ferguson Administrative Assistant
423-272-7629  Ext:2400      
Email : jo.ferguson@hck12.net
Mary Jane Green
Deaf Education
Mary Jane Green Deaf Education
423-272-7629  Ext:2024      
Email : mary.green@hck12.net
Lori Miller
School Psychologist
Lori Miller School Psychologist
423-272-7629  Ext:2406      
Email : lori.miller@hck12.net
Becky Wilcox
District Wide Interventionist
Becky Wilcox District Wide Interventionist
423-272-7629  Ext:2409      
Email : becky.wilcox@hck12.net
Carole Fuller
Carole Fuller Psychologist
423-272-7629  Ext:2016      
Email : carole.fuller@hck12.net
Linda Mashburn
Consulting Teacher Special Education
Linda Mashburn Consulting Teacher Special Education
423.272.7629  Ext:2407      
Email : linda.mashburn@hck12.net
Karen Pearson
Consulting Teacher Special Education
Karen Pearson Consulting Teacher Special Education
423-272-7629  Ext:2408      
Email : karen.pearson@hck12.net
Julie Newland
Special Education
Julie Newland Special Education

423-272-7629  Ext:2409      

Email : julie.newland@hck12.net

Brenda Whitten
Diagnostician System Wide
Brenda Whitten Diagnostician System Wide
423-272-7629  Ext:2409      
Email : brenda.whitten@hck12.net
Tina Trent
Vision Specialist
Tina Trent Vision Specialist
423-272-7629  Ext:2026      
Email : tina.trent@hck12.net
Leslie Fogleman
Homebound Teacher
Leslie Fogleman Homebound Teacher
423-272-7629  Ext:2400      
Email : leslie.fogleman@hck12.net
Bernadette Needham
Occupational Therapist
Bernadette Needham Occupational Therapist
423-272-7685  Ext:2411
Email : bernadette.needham@hck12.net
Tammy Yeary
Occupational Therapist
Tammy Yeary Occupational Therapist
423-272-7629  Ext:2411    
Email : tammy.yeary@hck12.net
Laura Adkins
Physical Therapist
Laura Adkins Physical Therapist
423-272-7629  Ext:2400      
Email : laura.adkins@hck12.net