Special Programs

Cynthia Anderson
Executive Director, 
Special Programs 

Julia Walton
Secretary to the Executive Director 

Jennifer Upshaw
Director,  Special Programs

Jessica Sanchez

Elizabeth Bagwell
ARD Clerk

Renee Brillantes
Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Stacey Brittain
Mental Health Trainer of Trainers

Kelly Callihan
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Jennifer Carter
ARD Clerk

Phyllis Chapman
Speech-Language Pathologist

Danyelle Coffey
District Behavioral Paraprofessional

Anderle Desronvil
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Sonya Donahoe
Educational Diagnostician/Dyslexia Evaluator

Candice Ekpin
Physical Therapist

Karen Fayle
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Daniela Garza
Speech Language Pathologist Asst.

Sherman Gooden
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Karen Hall
Educational Diagnostician

Yvette Hanvey
Educational Diagnostician

Nancy Haynes
ARD Clerk

Patience Hobbs
Speech-Language Pathologist

Melony Hoyt
District Autism Specialist

Christine Hubbard
Educational Diagnostician

Wendy Kmiecik
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Jennifer Lopez
District Transition Specialist

Monica Martinez
District Behavioral Specialist

Shari McElroy
ARD Facilitator

Meghan Murphy
Occupational Therapist

Amy Murray
Educational Diagnostician

Jessica Pena
Bilingual Speech Language Pathologist

Kay Ramirez
ARD Facilitator - La Porte H.S.

Cara Ramos
Occupational Therapist

Cynthia Rogers
Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Ericka Ross
ARD Facilitator

Leslie Ryan
ARD Clerk

Dana Singleton
Physical Therapist

Angela Styron
Occupational Therapist

Mario Villarreal
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Desiree Walker
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology

Cheryl Waller
Educational Diagnostician

Katherine Wortham
Speech-Language Pathologist Assistant

Janet Zaborowski
Crisis Counselor

The Texas Parent Special Education Involvement Survey is Active!

Selected parents of students receiving special education services are encouraged to complete the Parent Involvement Survey to share your experiences. The findings from this survey will be used to report the parent involvement indicator to the Office of Special Education Programs and provide important information to school districts. The survey is available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

How to complete the survey:

The district has sent invitations by email and mail to randomly selected parents. Complete the survey at http://www.parentsurveytx.com/ - you will need your PIN from the invitation.

If you haven’t received an invitation or can’t find your PIN:

1. Contact Ms. Cynthia Anderson at 281-604-7032 to learn if you were selected and get your PIN.

2. Email support@gibsonconsult.com, call 512.685.2697 (English), or 512.685.2694 (Spanish)

The deadline for completing the survey is May 28, 2021.

Aiding Students With Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education, Section 504 Services

For those students who are having difficulty in the regular classroom, all school districts and open enrollment charter schools must consider tutorial, compensatory, and other academic or behavior support services that are available to all students, including a process based on Response to Intervention (RtI). The implementation of RtI has the potential to have a positive impact on the ability of districts and charter schools to meet the needs of all struggling students.

If your child is experiencing learning difficulties, you may contact your child's teacher, the campus counselor, the campus administrators, or the Special Programs department to learn about the school’s overall general education referral or screening system for support services. This system links students to a variety of support options, including making a referral for a special education evaluation or for a Section 504 evaluation to determine if the student needs specific aids, accommodations, or services.  A parent may request an evaluation for special education or Section 504 services at any time. 

Procedural SafeguardsParent Guide to the ARD

SPEDTex: The Texas Special Education Information Center

This center provides resources to stakeholders across the state of Texas. Their purpose is to optimize information and respond with technical assistance in a succinct and useful format that is user friendly, culturally responsive, and accessible to all individuals. SPEDTex provides supportive state-wide leadership that promotes collaboration, meaningful communication and participation in the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities. Website: www.spedtex.org.  Email: inquire@spedtex.org.   Phone: 1-855-SPED-TEX (1-855-773-3839).