Special Education Department

  • Georgetown ISD provides special education services to children with disabilities to meet their unique needs.  These educational programs are provided in a variety of settings, including a typical classroom, a content mastery classroom, a special campus placement, the student's home, or a hospital setting.  Students must be identified as in need of special education through a referral and evaluation process.  In to academic programs, the district also provides related services including transportation, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, adaptive physical education, individual or group counseling, and a work-study program.

    To qualify for special education, students must have been evaluated in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, and have a disability such as the following:

    • speech or language impairment
    • hearing impairment including deafness
    • visual impairment including blindness
    • orthopedic impairment
    • autism
    • traumatic head injury
    • serious emotional disturbance
    • intellectual disability
    • other health impairment
    • a specific learning disability
    • deaf-blindness
    • multiple disabilities

    Special education is offered at no cost to parents to meet the needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings, and instruction in physical education.  

    The instruction offered through special education has been changed in content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of a child that will result from that child's disability and to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children.

    Child Find

    Special Education services are available to eligible children within the Georgetown Independent School District.  The student must be between the ages of 3 and 21 with a documented handicap and an educational need that requires special education.  Children with visual and/or auditory impairments may be eligible at birth.  A variety of placement options are available if found eligible after a full and individual evaluation.  For children ages 3-5 or placed in a private or home school, please contact Sara Windham, (512) 943-5000 ext 6013, to set up a meeting.  For school-aged students attending a GISD school, contact the campus Counselor.

Contact Us

  • Special Education, 504 & Dyslexia Services


Special Education Administration

Position Name Phone Number Email
Executive Director Special / Federal Programs Tiffani Walker 512-943-5000 ext 6037 walkert@georgetownisd.org
Director Special Education / Section 504 / Dyslexia Dana Johnson 512-943-5000 ext 5008 johnsond3@georgetownisd.org
Administrative Asst to the Director Brandy Watson 512-943-5008 watsonb@georgetownisd.org
Special Ed Financial Specialist Pam DeShields 512-943-5000 ext 6159 deshieldsp@georgetownisd.org
Special Ed PEIMS / Medicaid Specialist Brenda Hutton 512-943-5000 ext 6843 huttonb@georgetownisd.org
Coordinator - Instructional Eden Guthrie 512-943-5000 ext 6069 guthriee@georgetownisd.org
Coordinator - Behavior / Dyslexia / Section 504 Sheri Ogden 512-943-5000 ext 6012 ogdens@georgetownisd.org
Coordinator - Transition / 18+ (Bridges) Rachael Hull 512-943-5000 ext 6089 hullr@georgetownisd.org
Coordinator - ECSE / ChildFind Sara Windham 512-943-5000 ext 6013 windhams@georgetownisd.org