Ms. Leach is a consultant and works with districts throughout the State. She began her educational career as a special education teacher and retired after 22 years as Director of Special Education. Ms. Leach has expertise in the relationship between IDEA 2004 and NCLB, student data analysis for improvement in achievement, “Habits of Mind,” and issues pertaining to IDEA, Teacher Support Team, and Section 504. She has presented in state and out-of-state in the area of special education and instructional strategies for both general education and special education.
Dianne B. Enis is an Education Specialist Degree and MDE Licensed School Psychologist. Ms. Enis has over 30 years of experience in the field of education. During her years in education, Ms. Enis worked as a school psychologist in a school district, as a Bureau Director in the MDE, Office of Special Education, and as the director of two community group homes for the Department of Mental Health. After her retirement from the MS Department of Education, Ms. Enis began working contractually with school districts. She provides services and professional development to teachers and administrators working with students at risk for school failure and students with disabilities. Ms. Enis continues to work with students who exhibit behavior problems as a behavior specialist and by providing comprehensive evaluations for students suspected of having disabilities. She frequently provides onsite consultation and training on Three Tier Interventions and process, positive behavioral interventions, inclusion and cultural diversity. Ms. Enis provides professional development on topics such as Attention Deficit Disorders, characteristics of students with disabilities, effective research-based strategies and interventions for at risk students and IDEA related topics.
Laurel was a wonderful place to grow up. Attending USM and receiving a BS in Elementary Education, K-8th grade enabled me to begin teaching second grade at Nora Davis Elementary School.
Our family moved to Houma, Louisiana, for the next school year. There, I taught kindergarten and first grades, rotating to the grade with the highest population. I also taught special education long enough to get certification in that area.
Having acquired my specialist degree courses while teaching special education at a model school, it behooved me to complete my Master’s degree in Specific Learning Disabilities so that I could be paid for both degrees. While there I became an Education Assessment Consultant. I completed the educational portion of special education evaluations for kindergarten through 12th grades.
Upon returning to Mississippi, I worked for the Department of Education in the program area. Following that I worked for Hinds County School District as the Special/Gifted Education Director. While working there I completed another specialist degree in administration and leadership. For the last few years I have consulted with districts.
Charlotte Reeves is a 38 year veteran in the field of special education and has served as adjunct professor for two community colleges. She holds state licensure as a special education teacher, psychometrist, speech pathologist and administrator. Charlotte received her BS degree in speech and hearing science, with a minor in special education from The University of Southern Mississippi. She continued her education by receiving her MEd in special education, with a minor in psychology from Mississippi State University. Charlotte also completed post graduate work in special education and psychology from MSU.
Ms. Murphy has extensive experience in the field of special education. She has worked as a Director of Special Education and a teacher of students with Emotional Disabilities. Since retiring from the Gulfport School District as Director of Special Education, Ms. Murphy has worked as an Educational Consultant with Mississippi School Districts. She provides behavioral and academic strategies to teachers in the classroom setting. She assists Schools in setting up appropriate educational and behavioral programs and services for students with disabilities and students without disabilities. Ms. Murphy has served as the Chairperson of the Local Survey Committee, School Test Coordinator, Section 504 Coordinator and Supervised School Nurses and School Counselors. She has provided training for the Department of Education on the Mississippi Alternate Assessment of Extended Curriculum Frameworks. Ms. Murphy serves as a Commissioner for Region XIII Commission for Health and Mental Retardation.
Ms. Murphy graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education in the areas of Specific Learning Disabilities, Educational Disabilities and Emotional Disabilities. She earned a Master’s of Education in Special Education and Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Shane C. McArthur
Shane C. McAruthur is a licensed Psychometrist. She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Mississippi and an M.Ed. in Psychometry from Mississippi College. Mrs. McArthur has worked as a Psychometrist and Case Manager in the special education department for several school districts in Mississippi. She is married with three children, and resides in Ridgeland, Mississippi.
Mrs. Pender’s main area of expertise is psychometry. she has experience as a Special Education teacher, Director of Special Education Programs, and psychometry, and she also has trained computer software programs for Education Materials Specialists. Mrs. Pender has conducted workshops for the University of Mississippi and Delta State University entitled, “Technology for Administrators.”
Mrs. Pender has a Bachelor of Science in Business Education from Mississippi State University, and a Master in Special Education from the University of Mississippi. She holds MDE licenses in Special Education, Psychometry, and Business Education.
Lynnice Carter, PhD., Federal Programs
Dr. Carter has over 30 years of experience in education. During her career, she has been a classroom teacher, counselor, and administrator. During 17 of those years, she administered federal programs at the secondary and post-secondary level. Throughout her career, Dr. Carter has been involved with many professional organizations, including serving as a board member for Mississippi Association of Federal Education Programs Directors, Mississippi Association of School Administrators, and Learning Forward. For eight years, she has been a member of MDE’s Office of Federal Programs Steering Committee. Dr. Carter also organized monthly programs for the Northeast Mississippi Federal Programs Consortium. While serving as assistant superintendent for the Pontotoc County School District, Dr. Carter coordinated federal programs, professional development, and teacher mentoring. Professional growth is important to her, and she is particularly interested in research related to working with students of poverty, brain-based learning, and how personality traits affect teamwork. She has provided training in these areas at local and state levels.
Gayle Jones, Ed.S., is a special educator with thirty-eight years of experience. She has taught special education in self-contained, resource and inclusive classrooms, K-12. For twenty-two years, she was a special education coordinator, first in Sylacauga City Schools and then in Talladega County Schools. She has held leadership positions in ALA-CASE and CLAS, serving as President of both organizations and working closely with other coordinators and the Alabama State Department of Education to develop the Novice Special Education Coordinator Academy. Upon retiring in October 2014, she has worked part-time with the ALSDE as an Instructional Coach. Mrs. Jones has experience in implementation of the IDEA, development of budgets and appropriate IEPs, training new and experienced special education coordinators and other areas of special education.
Ms. Sharp is a consultant in the field of special education who works with districts, special education directors, and other school administrators and staff throughout the state. She began her career as a special education teacher and later accepted the position of Referral/Reevaluation Coordinator in the District. For the last ten years of her career, Ms. Sharp served as the Special Education Coordinator for Florence City Schools and retired with 38 years of service. Ms. Sharp is well-versed in issues pertaining to IDEA 2004, due process and monitoring preparation, and implementing and maintaining school-based mental health services.
Phyllis Shirley is a consultant and works with districts throughout the state. She began her career as a Speech Language Pathologist, special education teacher, and psychometrist. She retired as a Special Education Coordinator and Federal Programs Coordinator. Mrs. Shirley taught as an adjunct professor for Snead State Community College. She has expertise in the relationship between IDEA 2004, Section 504, and NCLB. Mrs. Shirley strategies utilize extensive student data analysis for educational improvement and achievement. Mrs. Shirley has more than 10 years of experience working with English Learner students both in developing English and placing appropriately into Special Education using Alabama Administrative Code. Mrs. Shirley has presented at the state level on “Basics of eGAP.”
In 1996, Dr. Shelia Martin exited the classroom as a teacher and entered the administration field as a Special Education Resource Teacher in order to train, monitor and evaluate special education teachers at designated schools throughout Mobile County. For the past eleven years, Shelia has served as the Executive Director of Special Programs. She has expertise in various educational related areas. She is a certified trainer in SREB’s “Creating High Performance Learning Culture”; Integrated Learning Supports; Managing Crisis Safely; Data Driven Assessment; and District Trainer for Rigor, Relevance and Engagement. She is very efficient with e-gap processing having to manage a yearly budget over 12 million dollars and allocating services for over 7,000 students.