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Special Education

The Tupelo Public School District's Department of Special Education is committed to providing accessibility to all needed programs and facilities to ensure a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for approximately 1,089 students with disabilities currently identified within the district. The district is involved in on-going formal activities to identify, locate and evaluate all children from birth through 21 years of age who are suspected of having a disability and who may be in need of special education and/or related services. The district currently has 70 highly qualified special education teachers, 32 special education assistants, and 3 interpreters for the deaf located at 17 different sites. The goal of Tupelo Public School District's Department of Special Education is to be a service-oriented department that provides specialized programs to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.

Available Webinars

The following seminars are available through MSPTI and REACH. Please click the following links to register.

Bullying: How Parents Can Help! (2-17-20)

Know Your Rights: IDEA Procedural Safeguards (2-20-20)

IDEA Part B and Preschool Funds Letter

Contact Us

Genevieve McAlpin
Director of Special Education

903 Fillmore Drive
Tupelo, MS 38801

(662) 841-8855

(662) 840-4666

Department Directory

Sandi Haire
Administrative Assistant
Karen Logan
Program Coordinator
 Heather Justice
School Psychologist/Psychometrist
Shannon Snowden
Becky Carsten
Language/Speech Pathologist
Brooke Shoup
Transition Coordinator
Holly Rakestraw
Special Education Counselor/Behavior
Mandy Scales
Homebound Teacher
Candace Mask
Homebound Teacher
Susan Dudley
Project Search Instructor
 Stephanie Dillon
Physical Therapist
Lori Robinson 
Occupational Therapist
Stormy Gordon
Occupational Therapy Assistant


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Website Accessibility

The Tupelo Public School District is committed to making our content accessible to all members of the public, including those with disabilities. This includes parents, students, employees and all others associated with our district. If this applies to you, and would like to provide feedback or report a concern, please contact Gregg Ellis at 662-620-6196.