Exceptional Children Services

Our Mission Statement

The Department of Exceptional Children for Person County Schools believes in the basic operational principle of providing a quality education to ALL children.  In collaboration with students, parents, regular educators, and our community partners, students with disabilities will be provided specially designed, research-based instruction.  By providing excellence in programming by highly qualified staff in the least restrictive environment, we will promote cognitive, physical, social, vocational, and emotional development.  The ultimate goal is for students to gain knowledge and access resources in order to successfully transition to higher education or a career and become productive and contributing citizens in society.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact if I suspect my child may have a disability? 

-If your child is from the ages of 3-5, contact: Dana Faulkner – Early Intervention & Pre-K Services for Students with Disabilities @ (336) 597-2218 or faulknerd@person.k12.nc.us

- If you have a school-age child, please contact your school counselor or Melanie Hester @ hesterm@person.k12.nc.us  (336) 599-2191

What do I do if I am new to Person County Schools and:
- Have a child who has been receiving special education services: Register your child at his/her home school and provide documentation of your child’s special needs (i.e. a copy of the student's Individualized Education Program).

Your child was in the process of being considered for special education services:
- Register your child at his/her home school and provide any completed documentation of this process.

Who do I contact if I have a concern about my child's speech?
- Beverly Hicks hicksb@person.k12.nc.us  or (336) 597-2218.

For more information or assistance, please contact the Exceptional Children’s Department at (336) 599-2191.


Other Parent Resources 

DPI Link to Policies and Procedures


Exceptional Children Support Staff

Melanie Hester - Director for Exceptional Children and Student Support Services (336) 599-2191

Candice Pulliam - Program Assistant and Data Manager (336) 599-2191

Dana Faulkner - Early Intervention Pre-K Services for Students with Disabilities and Transition Support (336) 597-2218

Beverly Hicks - Instructional Support, Literacy Specialist and Related Service Support (336) 459-2160

Allison Clauden - Secondary Specialist, PCLA Liaison for Middle and High School (336) 269-3173

Debbie Medlin - Behavior Support Specialist and Positive Intervention Support Coordinator (336) 269-3747