Special Education Services

Special Education

Michelle Ladd
Michelle Ladd


Michelle Ladd

Director of Special Education/Preschool Services

(270) 887-7004


Corey Love Batey

Assistant Director of Special Education


Derrisha (Dee) Jones

Secretary to Special Education


Special Education Consultants

Paula Snorton

Mary Bryan

Deena Oliver

Amy Day

Bonnie Mimms

Kelly Grimes






School Psychologists


Kim Downey

Aubrey Durbin

Karen Shelton

Maggie Rager

Hannah Janecek

Michelle Lyle

James Fogarty

Carol Sturdivant


The Christian County Public Schools Special Education Department is responsible for providing specialized services to students with identified disabilities. More than 100 special education teachers and service providers work throughout our schools to ensure that all students have the necessary accommodations and instruction to be academically successful.


Accommodations are practices and procedures in the areas of presentation, response, setting, and timing/scheduling that provide equitable access during instruction and assessments for students with disabilities.

Accommodations are intended to reduce or even eliminate the effects of a student’s disability; they do not reduce learning expectations. The accommodations provided to a student must be the same for classroom instruction, classroom assessments, and district and state assessments.

Alternate K-PREP

The Kentucky Alternate K-PREP program is a means of assessing the instruction provided to students with moderate and significant disabilities (i.e., for the less than 1% of the total student population for whom traditional assessments would be an inappropriate measure of progress).

There are two components: Attainment Tasks (AT) and Transition Attainment Record (TAR)

Attainment Tasks (AT)
Attainment tasks are scripted tests with picture supports that measure student knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, math, science and social studies.

Transition Attainment Record (TAR)
The Transition Attainment Record is a checklist which evaluates the student’s readiness in reading, mathematics and science.  This assessment is for 8th, 10th and 11th grade students. 

Alternatives to Suspension

Assistive Technology

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide appropriate assistive technology to students with disabilities when it supports their acquisition of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Individual Education Plans (IEPs) developed for children identified as needing special education services, must indicate that assistive technology has been considered to "to provide meaningful access to the general curriculum" (IDEA, 1997). More specifically, IDEA indicates that assistive technology devices and services must be made available to a child with a disability if required as a part of the child's special education, related services or supplementary aids and services.

Assistive technology is any item that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of a child with a disability. For some students with disabilities, assistive technology may be the only way that access to the general curriculum can be ensured!

General Education Teachers

Students with disabilities are educated in a variety of classroom settings. Therefore, it is important that teachers in general education settings are equipped to meet the needs of these students. The following documents are provided as resources to general education teachers to assist with understanding the requirements of educating students with diverse learning needs.

Infinite Campus

For questions regarding special education Infinite Campus issues, contact Tammi Buckingham by email or calling 887-7004, extension 77530.