Grapevine Middle School Special Services Department
Department Leader: Shannon Elkins
Diagnostician: Amanda Acevedo
School Psychologist: Audrey Riggs
Speech Pathologist: Suzanne Rash
Literacy Intervention Specialists: Amy Keith, Barbara Acosta
RISE: Emily Matlock
GCISD Mission Statement:
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is committed to providing quality services to students with disabilities. This commitment is based upon the belief that special education is a service and not a place. Each student identified with a disability and a demonstrated educational need for special education services is provided access to the general curriculum and opportunities to progress in the general curriculum.
The Special Education department employs two Inclusion Teachers per grade level, in addition to one Inclusion Paraprofessional. We also have a Paraprofessional who moves throughout grade levels to work with students. Inclusion personnel work in general education classrooms, offering assistance to special education students and all others who might need extra help with a concept.
Several Special Education teachers teach Resource classes in Reading, Writing, and Math to instruct students at their academic level. These classes allow students to work in a small group setting on specific skills.
GMS also provides services for students who need to learn life skills. Many of these students participate and are quite successful in the Special Olympics program.
The LEVELS room at GMS provides support for students who face behavioral or social challenges. Some students may have an elective class in this setting to learn social skills.