The Special Children's School - 4505 Shattalon Drive

Bines, Sylvia

Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

Bodziony-Orner, Winter

Lead Secretary

Winter Bodziony-Orner has been working for WS/FCS since 2006. She has a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources.

Brown, Shannon M.

Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

Shannon M. Brown has been employed at The Special Children’s School since 2000. Shannon says she really enjoys working with such a special group of children and their families!

    Bush, Candy

    Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

    Campbell, Katherine

    EC Case Manager

    Katherine Campbell has called The Children’s Center her home since 2002. She has both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Salem College. She is also Nationally Board Certified in Special Education.

      Capps, Lisa

      Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

      Chavis, Joseph

      Teacher, EC Preschool

      Church, Stacey

      Teacher, EC Preschool

        Dale, Brandy

        Teacher, EC Preschool

        East, Linda H.

        Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

        Linda East worked as a substitute teacher in Stokes County Schools for 10 years.  She has been employed with The Special Children’s School since 1998.  Linda has her NC Early Childhood Credential and she has completed several college courses in the field of Early Childhood Education.  She is married and has 2 sons and 7 grandchildren.

          Ellis, Crystal

          Teacher Assistant

            Every, James

            Physical Therapist

              Gatling, Sonya


              Sonya teaches the 4-5 year old EC Pre-Kindergarten class. She is originally from Ahoskie, NC and received her BA from Fayetteville State University and Masters in Education with a concentration in Special Education at Cambridge College in Augusta GA. Sonya is passionate about helping others and loves working with her students.

              • Location: SCS

              Gilmer, Sandra


              Since 2011, Sandra Gilmer has served as the principal of The Special Children’s School. She is proud to be a part of such a unique and outstanding program that serves the special needs of young children in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Sandra has 17 years of experience as a classroom teacher with exceptional children in Lexington City Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Since 2000, she has been a school administrator with the Rowan County Schools and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Her education degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro include the areas of Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Children, and Educational Leadership. Sandra’s teaching and administrative experience have spanned the pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school levels.

              Grubbs, Sheri

              Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

              Haizlip, Pia

              Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

              Pia Haizlip has worked at The Special Children’s School since 2001. Pia earned her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Forsyth Technical Community College in December 2015.

                Hamilton, Carrie

                Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

                Harley, LaSahara

                Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                Hawks, Jack

                Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                  Hedges, Tara

                  Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                    Hill, Lakeshia

                    Teacher Assistant

                      Holmes, Joyce Marie

                      Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                      Joyce Holmes joined The Special Children’s School family as a Teacher Assistant in 1991.

                      Hunt, Kitty

                      Adaptive PE Teacher

                      Hunter, Kristel

                      Teacher, Kindergarten

                      Kristel is the typical kindergarten teacher at The Special Children’s School. She loves all of the new experiences that happen in kindergarten from the first day of school to learning to read, write, add and subtract. Kristel partners with parents and families to ensure her students first year of school is a success. She feels privileged to be at TSCS with a small class size that allows her students to have individualized instruction. This is her second year teaching kindergarten with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. She holds a B.A. from Salem College (Teaching, Schools, and Society with a concentration in Advocacy) and a NC license for Kindergarten -6th grade. Kristel loves hiking with her dog Lilly and spending time with her niece Madilyn, and nephews Hunter, Hudson, and Brody.

                      Hutchins, Barbara Martin

                      Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                      Barbara Hutchins has been with the Special Children’s School for twelve years. She has worked with children of many different ages. She enjoys her job very much and especially loves working with children. Barbara has six grandchildren, so it is not often that she doesn’t have children around her. When she has a few extra minutes, she enjoys reading.

                      Jackson, Darlene B.

                      Teacher, EC Preschool

                      Darlene Jackson obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities (K-12) from Winston-Salem State University, Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from Colorado Technical University, and B-K certification from WSSU. Darlene has worked in the field of education for 24 years.

                      Knowles, Brenda

                      Teacher, EC Preschool

                      Brenda Knowles is a graduate of UNCG with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Brenda has been teaching at the Special Children’s School for 15 years.

                      Lee, Rita

                      Adaptive PE Teacher

                      Manning, Jennifer

                      Horticultural Therapist

                      McBurney, Edith

                       Speech/Language Pathologist

                      Edith McBurney came to The Special Children’s School in 2012 and has 33 years of experience working with pediatric speech and language disorders.  She has worked in clinic, hospital and school settings in Kentucky, North Carolina and Wisconsin.  She holds Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from Northwestern University in Speech Pathology.  Areas of expertise include augmentative communication, apraxia of speech, autism, and oral motor/feeding disorders.  She is Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment certified and has had RESNA certification.  In recent years, Edith has presented for parents and professionals in feeding, iPad use in preschools, and early communication development.

                      Mitchell, Joanie

                      Occupational Therapist

                      Moore, Cathy

                      Music Teacher

                      Rath, Kelly

                      Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                      Reynolds, Jill

                      Teacher, EC Prechool

                        Reynolds, San

                        Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                        Rice, Catherine

                        Teacher, EC Functional Primary

                        Catherine Rice is the 3-5 Functional Primary teacher at The Special Children’s School. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. After graduating in 2014, Catherine taught high school in Charlotte for 2 years. However, Winston-Salem has always been home for her and she decided to move back to be closer to family. Outside of school, Catherine enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially her 7-month-old, Benjamin.

                          Townes, Renatta

                          Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                          Walser, Marie

                          Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool  

                          Marie Walser holds a degree in Elementary Education. She joined The Special Children’s School family in 2013.

                          Warren, Karen

                          Curriculum Coordinator

                          Karen Warren is the Curriculum Coordinator at The Special Children’s School and The Children’s Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Elementary Education in 1998.  She added on Birth through Kindergarten teacher licensure at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2001. In 2007, Karen received her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Salem College. She joined The Special Children’s School family in 1999.  Karen is married and has 2 daughters.

                            Webb, Joshua

                            Teacher Assistant, EC Functional Primary

                              Whitaker, Cheryl

                              Teacher, EC Functional Primary

                              Cheryl received her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in music and history and taught middle school (grades 6-8) for seven years at a private school. While teaching, she completed her Master’s degree in education and added her principal’s license. In 2008, she accepted a position as a principal at a private school and remained there until her move to North Carolina in 2011. Cheryl added the area of special needs to her license because she fell in love with the special schools here in Forsyth County. She accepted a position at Carter High School in 2013, where she taught severe and profound high school students for 3 years before joining the Special Children’s School family.

                              White, Misty

                              Teacher Assistant, EC Preschool

                              Wise, Mary

                              Teacher, EC Preschool


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