Special Education

Beaufort County School District prides itself on its collaborative team approach on behalf of all students with disabilities. The Department of Special Education strives to provide educational services that address the unique learning needs of students with disabilities by implementing individualized, research and standards-based interventions and instructional practices to prepare students for post-secondary outcomes.


Goal 1: All teachers understand and embrace the premise that all students are the responsibility of all staff.

Goal 2: Professional development for regular and special education teachers will be inclusive.

Goal 3: Opportunities will be provided for regular education teachers to be trained in research-based strategies and practices that will support students with disabilities, and special education teachers will participate in all professional development provided for regular education teachers.

Goal 4: All core curriculum and support materials will be provided to both regular and special education teachers with corresponding training.

Goal 5: Collaborative planning time between regular and special education teachers will be scheduled at each school site.

Goal 6: Students with disabilities will participate in core curriculum classes and will be given opportunities to prepare for exams in a differentiated manner.

The Department of Special Education provides a full continuum of special education programs, related services, and placement options for students ages three to twenty-one that meet eligibility requirements for special education services as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education Act (IDIEA). A student must meet eligibility with a disability and must have specific needs which require specially designed instruction to access the general education curriculum and to meet the educational standards that apply to all children by adapting the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction ((34 C.F.R. § 300.39(b)(3)(i); (34 C.F.R. § 300.8)).  A student may meet criteria in one of thirteen areas:

- Specific Learning Disability

- Orthopedic Impairment

-Speech-Language Impairment

- Other Health Impairment

-Developmental Delay

- Traumatic Brain Injury

- Intellectual Disabilities


- Emotional Disabilities

- Multiple Disabilities

-Visual Impairment


- Deaf and Hard of Hearing

For students who meet eligibility requirements, Individualized Education Programs, or IEPs, are required by federal law.  An IEP documents the educational and related services a student requires to reach specific short and long-term goals. The IEP is developed by a collaborative team that consists of the child’s parents or legal guardians, general and special education teachers, related service providers, and community agencies. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school and/or Dr. Juliet WhiteDirector of Special Education, at 843-322-5419


Director of Special Education
Dr. Juliet White

Special Education Coordinators

Dr. Julia Brissett

Juliette Ewing

Dietra Holmes, Ed.S.

Rita Jaklitsch, Ed.S., Lead Coordinator

Amy Nelson

Carlene Zierfuss


Dr. Kristin Anderson, Lead School Psychologist

Sarah Bazemore, Lead Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Calanthia Fripp, Medicaid Specialist

Katie Giammona, Lead Therapist (DT & PT)

Jayme Grant, Educational Technology Coach

Compliance Management Specialists

AnJanette (AJ) Capers


Damore C. Scoon

Sheila Wiley

Tanger Revels