Department of Special Programs

Melody Sadler

Melody Sadler

Director of Special Programs

Stevey Payne

Stevey Payne

Special Programs Administrative Assistant

Student Support Services
604 S. Ellis
Groesbeck, TX 76642

Main Number:
(254) 729-4194

FAX Number:
(254) 729-2391


Erin Harris

H.O.Whitehurst Elementary School Diagnostician


Ashley Hall

Groesbeck Middle School Diagnostician/ Enge-Washington Initial Referrals


Shellye Duncan

Groesbeck High School Diagnostician/ Transition


Alyssa Sullivan

Enge-Washington Intermediate School Diagnostician


Misty Groschke

District Speech-Language Pathologist


Rachel Villarreal

3rd-12th Grade Speech Pathologist


Kaitlin Wilson

Prek-2nd Grade Speech Pathologist


Rachael Pawlik

504 Coordinator/ ESL Coordinator


Mikel Ranly

Licensed Specialist in School Psychology/ Special Education Counselor


Leslie Black

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant


Tayla Nicolas

Physical Therapist

Ashley B

Ashley Benitez

Certified Physical Therapy Assistant


Deborah Adkins

Occupational Therapist


Angie Ridge

Orientation/Mobility Specialist


Brigit Coufal

Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Pam Deputy

Pam Deputy

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Crala Pringle

GT Coordinator

Special Programs

  • Special Education

    Speech Therapy

    Physical Therapy

    Occupational Therapy

  • 504

  • ESL

  • Gifted and Talented

Each student with disabilities has the opportunity to participate in an education that is designed to meet individual needs.  Students are educated on a campus as close to home as possible, in as normal an environment as will contribute to educational success. Our goal is to provide valuable daily educational experiences, which will, in turn, lead to preparation for a lifetime of meaningful living.

Parents who have concerns regarding their child’s needs should contact the campus principals.  At any time, parents may call the Director of Special Programs to inquire about areas of concern regarding special programs or the procedures to follow when requesting services or evaluation to determine services.  We are always willing to meet with parents to review the needs of students of GISD.

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The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.

SPEDTex Contact Information:
Email SPEDTex
Live Chat

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Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) which requires an ongoing process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children suspected of having a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability, who may need special education and related services.

Local education agencies/school districts (LEAs) must ensure that a free appropriate public education is provided to all individuals with disabilities ages 3-21 who qualify for special education services. With the assistance of the Texas Education Agency, Educational Service Centers, and the Early Childhood Intervention program, LEAs/school districts must ensure that early intervention services are made available for those children ages 0-3 with an identified need.

Special education includes specially designed instruction and related services provided by the LEA/school district for students who have one or more of the following disabilities according to federal criteria and who also have a demonstrated educational need for special education services:

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Speech Impairment

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Other Health Impairment

  • Intellectual Disability

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Autism

  • Multiple Disabilities

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Visual Impairment

  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • Deaf-Blindness

TEA’s Technical Assistance: Child Find & Evaluation

A parent, doctor, teacher, relative, or friend can begin the child-find process.  If you are concerned about issues that are interfering with a child’s learning, please contact Melody Sadler at (254) 729-4194.