Ms. Tedra Richardson
Executive Director of Student Support Services

Mrs. Catherine Jones
Supervisor of Special Education
Mrs. Cindy Culberson
Coordinator of Elementary School

Mrs. Paulette Heron

Coordinator of Elementary School

Mrs. Sarah Reid
Coordinator for Middle School

Mrs. Joanne McClutchy
Coordinator for High School
Mrs. Brittany Cornwell
Lead Autism Specialist
Ms. H. Nicole Myers
Autism Specialist, Elementary

Ms. Claire Sumner

Autism Specialist, Gateway Academy

Mrs. Betsy Messa

Intellectual Disabilities Specialist

Mrs. Lisa Dolan

Lead School Social Worker

Mr. Richard Ashton

Lead School Psychologist
Mrs. Suzanne Muse
Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator 

Mr. Robert Columbus

Courthouse Academy Administrator

Mrs. Lori Buckingham

Behavior Specialist

Ms. Mary Sakyi-Adjei

Behavior Specialist

Student Support Services


The Office of Student Support Services for Spotsylvania County Public Schools is fully committed to providing special education students with opportunities along a continuum of services that offer access to and participation in the activities of the school and community environments as appropriate to the age and educational needs of the student.

In Spotsylvania County Public Schools, services to students with disabilities are planned with long term outcomes in mind. Annual goals and objectives consider development in the areas of curriculum and instruction, functional skills such as; independent functioning, social and emotional functioning, communication, and career skills. Teachers are committed to their role as an integral participant of the IEP team in working collaboratively with a student and their family and other educational stakeholders.

Spotsylvania County Public Schools complies with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). We support the rights of students with disabilities to have decisions regarding their individualized instructional programs made through the collaborative efforts of all persons invested in their educational well being.

Spotsylvania County Public Schools protects the rights of students with disabilities to be educated by teachers trained to provide access to the general curriculum, instruct adapted curriculum, to utilize a variety of instructional strategies and to take advantage of supplementary materials appropriate for the student's individual educational program.

Spotsylvania County Public Schools provides special education students a continuum of service options ranging from least to most restrictive:

  • General Education Classes
  • Inclusive/Collaborative General Education Classes
  • Pull-Out/Resource Services
  • Consultative/Monitoring Support
  • Self-Contained Services
  • Home Based Instructional Services
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE-Preschool aged 2 - 5) 

When appropriate, students may also receive services in private day and residential schools, and in hospital settings.

Across the continuum of special education services, Spotsylvania County Public Schools serves students with one or more of the following identified disabilities:

  • Autism
  • Developmental Delays (ages 2-5)
  • Emotional Disability
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Learning Disability
  • Intellectual Disabilities (Mental Retardation)
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Orthopedic Impairments
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Deaf-Blind

Related Services, such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Music Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapies are available to allow a student to benefit from their individualized special education program.