Georgetown ISD

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Special Education Department

Georgetown ISD provides special education services to children with disabilities to meet their unique needs.  These educational programs are provided in a variety of settings, including a typical classroom, a content mastery classroom, a special campus placement, the student's home, or a hospital setting.  Students must be identified as in need of special education through a referral and evaluation process.  In to academic programs, the district also provides related services including transportation, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, adaptive physical education, individual or group counseling, and a work-study program.

To qualify for special education, students must have been evaluated in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, and have a disability such as the following:

  • speech or language impairment
  • hearing impairment including deafness
  • visual impairment including blindness
  • orthopedic impairment
  • autism
  • traumatic head injury
  • serious emotional disturbance
  • intellectual disability
  • other health impairment
  • a specific learning disability
  • deaf-blindness
  • multiple disabilities

Special education is offered at no cost to parents to meet the needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings, and instruction in physical education.  

The instruction offered through special education has been changed in content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of a child that will result from that child's disability and to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children.

Child Find

Special Education services are available to eligible children within the Georgetown Independent School District.  The student must be between the ages of 3 and 21 with a documented handicap and an educational need that requires special education.  Children with visual and/or auditory impairments may be eligible at birth.  A variety of placement options are available if found eligible after a full and individual evaluation.  For children ages 3-5 or placed in a private or home school, please contact the Ashley Peay, Child Find Coordinator at (512) 943-5000 x6812.  For school-aged students attending a GISD school, contact the campus Counselor.

Special Education Department Staff Directory

Title First Name Last Name Phone Email
====Executive Director-Sp Ed / Federal Programs Cara Schwartz 943-5008
===Director-Spec Ed / 504 / Dyslexia Melanie Kasper 943-5008
==District Coordinator-Assessment Lindy Frazer 943-5000 x6012
==District Coordinator-Behavior / Instruction Carol Grady 943-5000 x6896
==District Coordinator-Child Find / PPCD / Pre-K Ashley Peay 943-5000 x6812
=District Special Ed Admin Asst (Budget / Finance) Ann Allman 943-5000 x6088
=District Special Ed Admin Asst (PEIMS / Medicaid) Michelle James 943-5008
=District Special Ed Parent Liaison Dawn Jennings 943-5000 x6884
=District Specialist - Behavior Chad Harris 943-5000 x6093
=District Specialist - Behavior Candice Mills 943-5000 x6099
=District Specialist - Transition & Employment Services / VAC / Bridges / Project SEARCH Susan Upshaw 943-5000 x6843
Adaptive PE Dena Mouton 943-5000 x7737
Adaptive PE Beverly Poehls 943-5000 x7737
Adaptive PE Betsy Wilson 943-5000 x7737
Adaptive PE / IA Jason Adair 943-5000 x7737
Bilingual Speech Path / Asst Martha Unland 943-5000 x6840
BRIDGES Job Coach Laura Bartley 943-5000 x6089
BRIDGES Job Coach Linda David 943-5000 x6089
BRIDGES Job Coach Peggy Hiller 943-5000 x6089
BRIDGES Job Coach Cristy McMillan 943-5000 x6089
BRIDGES Teacher Benita Montgomery 943-5000 x6089
BRIDGES Teacher Greg Norwood 943-5000 x6089
District ASD LSSP Shannon Waters 943-5000 x6053
Homebound Teacher Karen Powell 943-5000 x7165
LSSP/SpEd Counseling - Elem Abby Kelly 943-5000 x7447
LSSP/SpEd Counseling - HS Ken Thoresen 943-5000 x7346
LSSP/SpEd Counseling - MS Tasha Kozak 943-5000 x7728
Occupational Therapist Courtney Annis 943-5000 x6854
Occupational Therapist Dana Chmiel 943-5000 x7714
Occupational Therapist Lynne Hersom 943-5000 x8413

Georgetown Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, or disability in providing education services, activities or programs.It is the intent and policy of this District to conduct its activities incompliance with all Federal and State laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, or disability.


El Distrito Independiente Escolar de Georgetown no discrimina a base de raza,sexo, edad, religion, color, origen nacional, o incapacidad en proveer servicios educacionales, actividades, o programas. Es la intencion y norma del Distrito de conducir sus actividades de acuerdo con todas las leyes Federales y Estatales prohibiendo discriminacion a base de raza, sexo, edad, religion, color, origen nacional o incapacida.