Exceptional Children

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Division

The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized program in the least restrictive environment.

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:

Misty Myers
EC Director, The Hawbridge School


Parent Rights & Responsibilities in Special Education: NC Notice of Procedural Safeguards

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 department.

Dispute Resolution
From time to time, disagreements between families and schools may occur regarding the development and implementation a student’s individualized education program (IEP). It is highly recommended that the following steps be considered in order to resolve differences quickly.


The Hawbridge School Exceptional Children Faculty

Misty Myers
Assistant Director, Exceptional Children (K-12)
B.S. Elementary Education, A&T State University
M.S. Exceptional Children: General Curriculum (K-12)
M.S. Exceptional Children: Cross Categorical (K-12), University of Arizona

Annabelle Devonport
Exceptional Children Teacher, Lower School
B.A. Home Economics, University College of Birmingham, England
M.A. Teaching Special Education, NC State University

Jeremy Hammond
Exceptional Children Teacher, Upper School
B.A. Social Sciences, Psychology/History, Keene State College

Rosemarie Lee
Exceptional Children Teacher, Upper School
B.S., Senior Primary Education, UKZN, South Africa
Diploma in Specialized Education, Remedial, UNISA

Tiana Thornton
MTSS Coordinator, K-12
B.S., Pyschology, Mercy College
Mental Health First Aid Certified — Adolescent/Young Adult
Certified Crisis Prevention Instructor
REI Training

Jason Wallace
B.A., Psychology, with Minor in Sociology, UNC-Greensboro