Exceptional Children

"Special Education Is A Service, Not A Place"

Program Overview

The Department of Special Education of the East Tallahatchie School District offers a wide range of programs to meet the individual needs of students.  Eligible students are served as young as three and up to twenty-one years of age.  Our schools offer programs to serve students who need extended instructional time in a special education settings. 


The following resource programs are offered in all our schools:

  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy

Student identification procedures, achievement testing, programming instructions and flexible scheduling require the participation of all school personnel. As the district strives to recognize and enhance the potential of all students with disabilities, it becomes necessary not only to identify unserved students but also to maintain program continuity and coordination with regular education in order to provide appropriate instruction.


Our Mission

The mission of the East Tallahatchie District Office of Special Education is to ensure that students with disabilities receive special services in a safe environment and a free and appropriate education in their least restrictive environment with they can grow, learn and excel


The East Tallahatchie School District provides and maintains appropriate and effective educational programs in order to afford every eligible child who has a physical, mental, communicative, learning, and/or emotional disability who is between the ages of 3 and 21 (IDEA), resides within the East Tallahatchie School District, and requires special education and/or related services to address the adverse effect of the disability on his/her education, a free appropriate public education (FAPE).  


K. Patrice Beamon
Director of Exceptional Children
(662) 647-5524

K. Patrice Beamon

Director of Exceptional Children


Lori Criswell

District Psychometrist
Case Manager


Andrea Staten

Speech Language Pathologist