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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 1,099 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, an interpreter for the deaf located at 13 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.

Notice of Project Application FY25 IDEA, Part B and Preschool

Application Review

The FY 25  application will be available for review and comment on Monday July 22, 2024 from 10:00 - 4:00 at the Tupelo Public School District Office of Special Education,  903 Fillmore Drive, Tupelo.


For additional information or to provide comments,  please contact Genna  McAlpin or Karen Logan

Special Education Funding

First page of the PDF file: FundingforSpecialEducation
Child Find Request


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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 662-620-6195.

Contact Us

Genna McAlpin
Genevieve McAlpin
Director of Special Education
903 Fillmore Drive
Tupelo, MS 38801

(662) 841-8855

(662) 840-4666
Karen Logan, Asstant Director of Special Education
Karen Logan
Assistant Director of Special Education


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Angela Mayes Jackson
Administrative Assistant
Heather Justice
School Psychologist/Psychometrist/504 Coordinator
Shannon Snowden
Taneill Barbour
Language/Speech Pathologist
Brooke Shoup
Transition Coordinator
Holly Rakestraw
Special Education Counselor/Behavior
Mandy Scales
Homebound Teacher
Anna Fleming
Homebound Teacher
Sharon Warren
Project Search Instructor
Stephanie Dillon
Physical Therapist
Lori Robinson 
Occupational Therapist
Stormy Gordon
Occupational Therapy Assistant