SuzAnne Russell, M. Ed
    Director of Special Education 
    (940) 235-1019
    Laura Akin, M. Ed
    Elementary Special Education
    (940) 235-1019 x 14026
    Carrie Yoakum, M. Ed
    Secondary Special Education
    (940) 235-1019 x 14024
    Robbie Byrd, M. Ed
    Systems Analyst
    MSB Coordinator
    (940) 235-1019 x 14003
    Request for Records
    Fax: (940) 235-1097

    The mission of the Wichita Falls Special Education Department is to:


    • Educate students with special needs utilizing research-based curriculum, flexibly designed to meet the unique needs of each individual learner
    • Nurture students by providing a safe environment where their academic, behavioral and social needs may be met
    • Prepare students to achieve by equipping them with the education and skills needed to successfully adapt and adjust to our ever-changing world


    The vision of the Wichita Falls Special Education Department is to educate students with special needs today, nurture their dreams of tomorrow, and prepare them for an ever changing world. 
    Special Education Services
    Our highly trained professional staff serves students with disabilities ranging in age from 3 through 21 years, whose educational needs may be physical, cognitive, emotional, and/or speech and language.  We also provide services for students with serious visual or hearing impairments ranging in age from birth through 21 years.
     The 13 Disabilities Recognized by the Texas Education Agency
    In order to help our students achieve their highest potential, an individualized education plan is developed for every student receiving services through the Special Education Department. This plan is developed after a comprehensive multi-disciplinary team, including the parents, has reviewed all the needs of the child. 
    The plan sets short term goals, long term goals, and determines instructional and related services, which will best facilitate the child's progress in the least restrictive environment. Placement needs are met through a full continuum of services for students, aged 3-21 years of age, with educational handicaps.  Our multi-disciplinary staff provides comprehensive assessments and services to children with many special needs.