Meet Mrs. Hayley Gilreath, Director of Exceptional Student Services

Hayley Gilreath

Meet Mrs. Hayley Gilreath,  Director of Exceptional Student Services 

My name is Mrs. Hayley Gilreath, and I have a true  passion for educating students and working with the families in our Yellow Jacket community. This is my 25th  year in education, all having taken place in the Calhoun City Schools. After attending high school in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I graduated from Berry College with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Sociology.  I began my career in the Calhoun City Schools in the area of special education while completing my Master’s degree in Emotional Behavioral Disorders at the University of West Georgia.  I also earned my Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from  Lincoln Memorial University.  During my career as an educator, I have taught K- 2 in special education, regular education and inclusion.  I was in the classroom for over 19 years and then served as Academic Intervention Specialist for 4 years at Calhoun Primary and Elementary School. I  have served in various leadership positions within CCS, including Lead Exceptional Student Services teacher.  In 2001, I was selected by my peers as Teacher of the Year and was honored to also be selected as system Teacher of the Year.  I was awarded Outstanding PAGE member in 2008.  

I am married to Allan Gilreath, and we have one son, Patrick, who is a student at Calhoun High School.  I love reading, movies, funny moments and spending time with my family and friends.  I also greatly enjoy my volunteer work within Boy Scouts, Alpha Delta Kappa, and Kiwanis. 

Roles/Responsibilities as  Director of Exceptional Student Services:
My role is to support and guide all families that have exceptional students within Calhoun City Schools. I help with every level of  Exceptional Student services from identification/ evaluation  to placement and delivery of services to the transition from school  into employment or post-secondary education. I  ensure that due process is always followed and that our exceptional students have their needs met through the state and federal guidelines regarding special education.  

In addition, I assist with meetings, support our staff and teachers, work with outside agencies and organizations, provide leadership and guidance to other departments regarding exceptional students, collaborate with the Response to Intervention teams, and coordinate services and resources to help our  students, teachers and staff.  

I am honored to be a part of the collaborative team that enable exceptional  students to achieve goals and reach their fullest potential.  I am always available to assist in any way possible and look forward to working alongside families, community members, teachers and staff to achieve great things! 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS OF EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS:

Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.
https://www.autismspeaks.org/

CHADD

A national resource for children with ADHD.
http://www.chadd.org/

Georgia Department of Education - Special Education Services and Supports

The Division for Special Education Services and Supports includes programs and services that support local school districts in their efforts to provide special education and related services to students with disabilities.  This website contains many helpful tools and resources. 
http://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/Special-Education-Services/Pages/default.aspx

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency operates five integrated and interdependent statutory programs that share a primary goal - to help people with disabilities to become fully productive members of society by achieving independence and meaningful employment.
https://gvs.georgia.gov/

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

The U.S. Department of Education launched a new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
https://sites.ed.gov/idea/?src=pr

Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope is a program designed for independent advancement for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
http://www.lmcs.org/kaleidoscope.cms

Parent 2 Parent of Georgia

Parent to Parent of Georgia offers a variety of services to Georgia families impacted by disabilities or special healthcare needs.
http://p2pga.org/