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   Dr. Vannetta Melton, Director   




Our Mission
It is the mission of Camden County Schools' Special Education Department to help ensure success for each student with a disability by providing a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. The Special Education Department promotes exemplary teaching practices and provides a full continuum of quality programs that create enhanced learning experiences designed to meet each child's specialized needs.            



Attention Parents of Homeschool and Private School Students!!

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that the local school system discuss with parents available services for students identified with a disability or suspected of having a disability.  If you would like to consider services for students with disabilities through a formal meeting or through conference call, please contact Dr. Vannetta Melton, Special Education Director, 311 South East Street, Kingsland, GA 31548 for more information. 

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FY 16 Action Plan Outcomes

Camden County Schools continuously examined the needs of our students with disabilities. Student data was reviewed frequently as strategies and interventions were adjusted to ensure students achieved their fullest potential. Our action plan outcome from the 2015-2016 school year may be reviewed.

View action plan outcomes for FY 16 here. 

FY 17 Action Plans

Our approach to continuous improvement is revealed further in our FY 17 Action Plans. Our critical issues, goals, objectives, and strategies for the coming school year will ensure our plans leading to the excellence of our students with disabilities in Camden County Schools.

View action plan for FY17 Action Plans here.

Teacher of the Year

Special Education Teacher of the Year 2015-2016


Mr. Rodney Thomas was recognized as Camden County Schools Special Education Teacher of the Year in February at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.  Mr. Thomas works in the field of special education at St. Marys Middle School.  During his years with us, he has joined several models with the special education department at his school.  His character and enthusiasm are evident in both the self-contained and inclusion model classroom settings. 

Mr. Thomas’ enthusiasm and love for teaching is evident from speaking with his students.  One of his students said, “When I don’t understand something he always breaks it down to me.  When I am having a bad day he cheers me up with laughter.  He is fair.  The other day he said a good day is when you are able to wake up alive.  He has always inspired me in lots of ways.”  Administrators, parents, students, and teachers at St. Marys Middle School value Mr. Thomas’ positive and professional demeanor.  It was for these reasons along with many more, that Mr. Thomas was named our Special Education Teacher of the Year 2016.


Special Education Administration

Special Education Director

Dr. Vannetta Melton

Special Education Coordinator

Dr. Denise Cato

School Psychologists

Cammie Neal

  • Crooked River Elementary
  • Mary Lee Clark Elementary
  • St. Marys Elementary
  • Sugarmill Elementary
  • Coastal Academy Elementary

Mary Kramek

  • St. Marys Middle School
  • David L. Rainer Elementary                
  • Kingsland Elementary
  • Matilda Harris Elementary
  • Advance Learning Center 

Pamela Harrison

  • Camden County High School
  • Camden Middle School
  • Mamie Lou Gross Elementary
  • Woodbine Elementary School
  • Coastal Academy Secondary

Angela Rios

  • Preschool


Instructional Specialists
  • Crooked River Elementary
  • Sugarmill Elementary
  • St. Marys Elementary
  • Mary Lee Clark Elementary

Bonnie Mooney

  • Matilda Harris Elementary
  • Kingsland Elementary
  • Mamie Lou Gross Elementary
  • David L. Rainer Elementary
  • Woodbine Elementary

Program Area Consultants

Carmen Baker

  • Speech
  • Assistive Technology

Brian Benton

  • Camden County High School
  • CCHS Freshman Academy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Administrative Assistants

Angela Bullard

  • Hospital Homebound
  • Speech
  • Special Olympics
  • Transportation

Julie Durham

  • Special Education Referrals
  • FTE
  • Special Education Handbook

Frances Slack

  • Purchasing
  • Reevaluations
  • Budgets
  • TASC 

Karen Gibbs

  • Records
  • Special Education Website
  • Legal Documentations
  • Medicaid


Rules and Regulations

For specific information regarding Federal and State regulations and guidelines, please access the
Georgia Department of Education website.