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What is the Special Education Advisory Committee?
A committee that works with the school board, administrators, parents and teachers who are responsible for special education students.

Who are special education students?

They are students who have been found eligible for one or more of the following conditions:

  • Autism
  • Developmentally Delayed
  • Hearing Impaired which may include deafness
  • Learning Disabled
  • Mentally Disabled
  • Orthopedically Impaired
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Severely and Profoundly Disabled
  • Speech-Language Impaired
  • Visually Impaired which may include blindness
  • Preschool Education for the Developmentally Delayed

Who serves on the committee?
The committee, appointed by the School Board, is comprised of parents of special education students and affiliated human services agency representatives. School personnel, the Director of Exceptional Education, as well as a representative from the School Board, serve as consultants.

Who may attend?
All meetings are open to the public. Members welcome anyone interested in special education and encourage participation.

What is the function of the Special Education Advisory Committee?

  • To advise the school division of unmet special education needs
  • To assist the school division in recognizing needs for special education students
  • To give periodic reports and recommendations to the Henrico County School Board
  • To work with the school division to inform the community of monthly meetings
  • To review annually the special education plan and prepare recommendations regarding the plan
  • To hold monthly programs for teachers and parents as well as business meetings which the public is encouraged to attend

How can the Special Education Advisory Committee help you?
It can help you better understand how to work with the school division and how special education can meet the needs of your child.

Special Education Advisory Committee 2013-2014



Margarete Jeffer, Chair

Three Chopt District


Deborah Parker, Vice-Chair Planning

Tuckahoe District


Paulette Cook, Vice-Chair Membership

Brookland District


Bennett Brown

Fairfield District


Toinette Claiborne

Fairfield District


Shirl Leverett,

Three Chopt District


Patrise Sears

Teacher Representative


Denise Martin

Brookland District

Ex-Officio Members

Bondy Shay Gibson


Assistant Superintendent

Nyah Hamlett


Director, Exceptional Education

Lesley Brooke Bottari


Specialist, Exceptional Education

Kimber Coffey


Specialist, Exceptional Education

Susan Grainer


Specialist, Exceptional Education

Phyllis Harris


Specialist, Exceptional Education

Lisa Marshall


School Board Representative


Henrico County Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
2013-2014 Program Agenda
“Trust Building”


SEAC Meeting Topic



September 24, 2013
Brookland MS

Planning/Committee Work -“Trust Brainstorming”


* Note that although this is a working committee meeting, parents are welcome to attend.

October 22, 2013 
Brookland MS

Parent Rights


Dr. Adrienne Volenik, University of Richmond Disability Law Clinic*

*Psychological testing will specifically be addressed and HCPS will have a staff member at the meeting to answer any questions specifically in regard to psychological testing in HCPS.

January 28, 2014
Brookland MS



Phyllis Harris, Educational Specialist and Transition Supervisor and Tamala Taylor, Transition Teacher

March 25, 2014
Brookland MS

HCPS Resources and Presentation of the Special Education Annual Plan


Nyah Hamlett, Director of Exceptional Education*


*HCPS AT coordinator will be on hand to answer specific questions in regard to AT.

April 29, 2014
Brookland MS

Planning/Committee Work - Resource Fair


N/A. Note that although this is a working committee meeting, parents are welcome to attend.

May 27,2014
Brookland MS

Diploma Options


Ashley Reyher, Secondary Exceptional Ed Coordinator and Regina Brown, School Counseling Specialist; Marianne Moore, Virginia Department of Education, Transition Specialist





















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