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Exceptional Children

Union Academy’s Programs for Exceptional Children (EC) serve children in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Union Academy has adopted and complies with North Carolina’s Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities.

The Exceptional Children’s department is responsible for conducting Child Find for those students suspected of having a disability and providing appropriate educational opportunities to all children with disabilities. The purpose is to ensure that all eligible children with disabilities have available to them a free, appropriate, public education. In order to meet the goals and address the purpose, the department provides comprehensive evaluation services to determine eligibility through Child Find. Once determined eligible by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, the students' needs are addressed through the development of an individualized education program which may address cognitive, educational, physical, behavioral, communication, motor and adaptive needs of the student. Special education and related services designed to meet the students' unique needs are administered through our program at Union Academy Charter.

At Union Academy, children with disabilities will be educated in the regular educational environment with children who are non-disabled to the maximum extent appropriate, according to Individual Education Plan (IEP) specifications. Children with disabilities will receive services from certified special education teachers and support staff/therapists in the regular education setting to the fullest extent possible by providing accommodations, modifications, inclusion services, and pull-out support/remedial services as deemed necessary and appropriate by the IEP team to meet individual needs.

Any student transferring into Union Academy with an IEP should contact the Exceptional Children’s office.

For questions or concerns:

Grades K-4: Susan Hutaff, Lead EC, shutaff@unionacademy.org or (704) 238-8883.
Grades 5-12: Cissy Brewer, Lead EC, cbrewer@unionacademy.org or (704) 238-8883.

For more information about the topics concerning Exceptional Children in North Carolina, please click here.

EC Staff:

Cissy Brewer -  Lead and Resource, Self-Contained, Behavioral Teacher
Susan Hutaff - Lead and Speech Therapist
 
Stacey Fronczak - Occupational Therapist
Anna Huggins - Resource, Self-Contained, Behavior Teacher
Tina Gammon - Resource, Self-Contained, Behavior Teacher
 
Sarah Rushing - Elementary Resource Teacher
LaTosha Sanders - Elementary Resource Teacher
Jennifer Middlemas - Elementary Resource Teacher
 
Lisa Wallace - Middle School Resource Teacher
Kathryn Dyer - Middle School Resource Teacher


Keri Blythe -  High School Resource Teacher
Krystal Herrin - High School Resource Teacher
Martha Hendrix - Exceptional Children's Assistant

Anna Yarbrough - Speech Therapist
Lori Bowen - School Psychologist