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Special Education Contacts

Diana McBurnett
, Director
(903) 988-6909

• Accountability (AEIS, AYP, PBM)
• Charter Schools Contact, Special Education
• Funding
Special Education Contact
• Special Education Rules, Regulations, and Guidance
• State Performance Plan (SPP)
• TWU SLP Master's Program

Robert Smith
, Associate Director
(903) 988-6890

• 504
• Legal Framework
• Non-Ed Funds
• Occupational Therapy (OT)
• Physical Therapy (PT)
• Response to Intervention (RtI)

Henryett Lovely-Watson
, Coordinator
(903) 988-6854

• Performance-Based Monitoring (PBM)
• Data Validation Monitoring (DVM) - Discipline
• Behavior and Discipline Management
• Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)

Mary Milham
, Coordinator
(903) 988-6766

• Academic Achievement Record
• College and Career Readiness/Dropout Prevention
• Secondary Transition
• SPP Indicators 1, 2, 13, 14
• Vocational Adjustment Class (VAC)
Liz Adams, Specialist
(903) 988-6905

• Adapted PE
• Child Find Media
• Deaf Blind Census
• Life Skills Instruction
• Low Incidence Disabilities (LID) State Leadership Contact
• Orientation & Mobility
• Residential Facilities Monitoring
• Special Olympics

• STAAR Alternate
Stacy Akin, Specialist
(903) 988-6902

• Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs)
• Bilingual and Psychological Evaluations
• Child Find
• Counseling, Special Education
• Evaluation State Leadership Contact
• Facilitated IEP
• Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)
• Manifestation Determination Review (MDR)
• SPP Indicators 11 and 12

• IEP Process
Jill Beall, Specialist
(903) 988-6765

• Accessible Instructional Materials
• Assistive Technology State Leadership Contact
• Technology for Dyslexia 
Sonya Burnett, Specialist
(903) 988-6894

• Access to the General Curriculum
• Accommodations/Modifications
• ARDC Decision-Making Process for the State Assessment System
• Co-Teaching
• Differentiated Instruction
• Progress Monitoring
• STAAR Modified
• SPP Indicators 3 and 5
• Standards-Based IEPs
Susan Cox, Specialist
(903) 988-6857

• Behavior and Discipline Management State Leadership Contact
• Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
• CHAMPS (Classroom Support)
• Community Resource Coordination Groups (CRCG)
• Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
• Data Validation Monitoring (DVM) - Discipline
• Foundations (Schoolwide Support)
• Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies
• Residential Placement
• RtI Behavior

• SPP Indicator 4
• Texas Behavior Support Initiative (TBSI)
Donna Holt, Specialist
(903) 988-6896

• Early Childhood Intervention
• Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
• SPP Indicators 6 and 7
Susan Lay, Specialist
(903) 988-6897

• Autism, including Assistive Technology
• Autism Spectrum Disorders State Leadership Contact
• Deaf Education/Hearing Impaired/RDSPD
• Parent Coordination State Leadership Contact
• PBM Representation Indicators
• Speech Language Pathology
• SPP Indicators 8, 9, and 10
• Texas Initiative for Disproportionate Representation in Special Education Project Contact
Kerry Oliphint, Specialist
(903) 988-6899

• AI-VI Transition for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)
• Visually Impaired (VI) State Leadership Contact
• Visually Impaired, including Assistive Technology
• Mentoring of VI Teachers