Special Education

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

is seeking interested community members, parents, and students.

For more info mail: portsmouthseac@gmail.com

Next meeting:
5:30 pm 
Wednesday Feb. 22nd
SH Clarke Academy, Room 2
(2801 Turnpike Rd)

Your Family's Special Education Rights

Parent's Guide to Special Education

Office of Special Education & Related Services


2801 Turnpike Road, Portsmouth VA 23707

(757) 393-8792
(757) 393-5289 (fax)

Dr. Susan Bechtol


Pamela Battle-Hardy


Judith Fagan


Candice Lang


Marcy Pronovost


Jackie Tate


Lisa Gehring

Program Specialist

Tomara Carmon-Rogers

Assistive Technology Specialist

Nell King

Speech and Itinerant Services Department Head

Tilda Sorensen

Occupational and Physical Therapy Department Head

Tom Byrnes

School Psychology Department Head

Diane Hawkins

School Social Work Department Head

Mission of the Office of Special Education:

The PPS Special Education Department in conjunction with the school staff, parents, and community members, supports, mentors, monitors, and motivates for the most inclusive specialized education of all students with disabilities while focusing on excellence for all students. 

The values of the SPED office include:
 integrity, loyalty, teamwork, and professionalism.

We support this mission
through collaboration with teachers, students, parents, and support staff
by providing rigor and relevance in the classroom,
building resilience and capacity in our students and staff,
and developing life-long relationships
that support positive student outcomes.