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Learning Support

The Department of Learning Support is dedicated to providing support to children, parents, and the faculty of the Rockdale County Public Schools. The department is based at the Central Office facility located at 960 Pine Street NE, Conyers, GA, 770-860-4231.

Learning Support Services (LSS) incorporates a variety of specialists that includes coaches, special educators, speech and language pathologists, physical and occupational therapists, and vision/hearing teachers. LSS is also responsible for monitoring and implementing special education services and programs throughout the school district. The LSS staff regularly offers training and workshops to faculty to ensure the highest quality of training and valuable resources.

GADOE Survey for Parents of Students with IEPs

>>CLICK HERE for survey.
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Your voice matters! As part of our commitment to providing the best education possible for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), we invite you to participate in this brief, confidential Georgia Department of Education Parent Survey, which will help us identify areas of strength and need. The deadline for the survey is May 31, 2024.

Your feedback is invaluable in helping us understand your experiences, concerns, and suggestions regarding your child's education.

Warmest Regards,
Angela Dyer
Learning Support Parent Mentor

Georgia Special Needs Scholarship
SB-10 Application

>>CLICK HERE for RCPS SB-10 Application

Dear Parents:

As the parent of a student who receives special education in the Rockdale County Public School System, we wanted to let you know about your options to exercise public and private school choice. This information was recently posted on our system website From the website click on the link "RCPS SB-10 Application" to complete and submit and application. The Georgia Special Needs Scholarship, parents of students who receive special education may choose to transfer their child to another public school or private school in Georgia. If the student meets the eligibility criteria outlined on the Georgia Depart of Education website the following options are available.

Public School Choice Options
A parent may request a transfer to another public school within their school system as long as there is capacity at the school and a program available which is aligned with the student’s IEP. Capacity is based on established health and safety provisions and class size by grade and subject. If this option is chosen and approved, the parent will be responsible for transportation to and from the school. Scholarship applications should be submitted to the Director of Learning Support no later than Monday, June 3, 2024 at 4:00 pm. Parents will receive notification, by letter, of the district’s decision regarding your request for the 2024-25 school year by Thursday, June 27, 2024.

The parent may request a transfer to a school in another school system if there is capacity at the school and a program available which is aligned with the student’s IEP. A school system considering a request for a transfer to its school system from another school system can deny a request, it can charge a parent/guardian for the costs of educating a student during the first school year of the transfer. If this option is chosen and approved by the system, the parent will be responsible for transportation to and from the school in that system. The parent may also request a transfer to one of the state schools for the deaf and/or blind operated by the State Board of Education. Acceptance into a state school will depend on whether that setting is appropriate for the student’s needs. If the parent chooses this option, the parent will be responsible for transportation to and from the state school. Please contact the Georgia
Department of Education for more information about transferring to a state school.

Private School Choice Option
If you are interested in transferring your child to a private school in Georgia, you may visit the Georgia Department of Education’s website at There is no formal application process for the Georgia Special Needs Scholarship Program. Parent/guardian will determine a student’s potential scholarship award using the scholarship calculator on the web page. The calculator for the 2024-2025 school year will be available on the Georgia Department of Education website.

You may also contact the Director of Learning Support, Dr. Marva Howard at 770-860-4231 if you have questions.

Dr. Marva Howard,
Director of Learning Support

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Dr. Marva Howard
Phone: 770-860-4231
Email: [email protected]

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Anja Peay
Phone: 770-860-4231
Email: [email protected]


Title Phone
Dr. Marva Howard Director 770-860-4231
Kachelle White
Secondary Coordinator 770-860-4238
Jessica Walls Elementary Coordinator
Tara Geiser Elementary Coordinator /Related Services 770-761-1454
Tracey Thomas
Secondary Coordinator
Deana Cain State Reporting and Compliance 770-860-4244 
Angela Dyer Parent Mentor
Josh Kammerer Behavior Specialist
Steve Johnson
Behavior Specialist
Anja Peay Secretary / Special Ed Records
Jackeline Perez Learning Support Bookkeeper
Dr. Pankaj Gaur Vision Specialist        770-918-2519    
Deunza Pitt-Malone Itinerant Lead Teacher of Compliance  770-860-4231 

2023-2024 RCPS Office of Learning Support
Lead Teachers for Compliance Contact List:

Julie Benkoski, [email protected]
Barksdale Elementary 770-483-9514 (on-campus extension 13152)
J.H. House Elementary 770-483-9504

Robin Vaughn-Dixon, [email protected]    
C.J. Hicks Elementary 770-483-4410 (on-campus extension 14184)

Nashetta Lowe, [email protected]    
Flat Shoals Elementary 770-483-5136 (on-campus extension 15203)
Pine Street Elementary 770-483-8713

Kasha King, [email protected]
Hightower Elementary 770-388-0751
Honey Creek Elementary 770-483-5706

Santressa Idlette, [email protected]    
Lorraine Elementary 770-483-0657 (on-campus extension 35198)
Peeks Chapel Elementary 770-761-1842 (on-campus extension 19158)

Jacqueline Mercer, [email protected]
Shoal Creek Elementary 770-929-1430
Sims Elementary 770-922-0666

Stacey Wilson-James, [email protected]
Memorial Middle School 770-922-0139

Meshalette Atkins, [email protected]    
Conyers Middle 770-483-3371 (on-campus extension 23233)

Bonita Wade, [email protected]
General Ray Davis Middle 770-388-5675 (on-campus extension 24221)

Shani Simmons, [email protected]
Edwards Middle 770-483-3255 (on-campus extension 25199)

Folashade Belmon, [email protected]
Heritage High School 770-483-5428

Ann Johnson, [email protected]
Rockdale County High 770-483-8754 (on-campus extension 28302)

Keisha Banks, [email protected]
Salem High School 770-929-0176

Shelean Young, [email protected]
Rockdale Career Academy 770-388-5677    

Jamie Wilson, [email protected]
READY Program 770-483-4410 (on-campus extension 14215)

Requests for Special Education Records:

Click here for the form: RECORDS REQUEST

Please email or fax your completed request form to
Anja Peay: [email protected]
 / 678-658-3152 Fax

Dr. Marva Howard Director of Learning Support, Anja Peay Learning Support secretary, Jackeline Perez Learaning Support Bookkepper, Deana Cain LTC State Reporting, Dr. Chalita Germany Instructional Coach, Dr. Meghan Windham Insturctional Coach, Steve Johnson Behavioral Specialist, Josh Kammerer Behavioral Specialist, Tracey Thomas Coordinator for CMS APE DMS OT PT EMS GNETS and MMS, Tara Geiser Coordinator for BES JHH FSE PSE Speech AT TVI DHH and State Schools, Jessica Walls Coordinator for CJH LES PCE HTE HCE SCE SES and READY, Kachelle White Coordinator for HHS RCHS RCS EPIC RCHS Programs SHS and Pathways, Angela Dyer Parent Mentor

Learning Support Links

Georgia Department of Education - Education Support
Georgia’s Special Needs Scholarship Information

More Information


Child Find Notice

(Identification of Services for Individuals with Disabilities)
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Rockdale County Public Schools implements a comprehensive Child Find system to assure that all children who are in need of early intervention or special education services are located, identified, and referred.  The Child Find network assists in identifying and providing appropriate educational help to students with disabilities.  If you suspect your child, ages 3-21, may be a child with a disability, you are encouraged to contact the Learning Support Services office of Rockdale County Public Schools at 770-860-4231.  Personnel can support you in exploring what services may be available.

Child Find extends to children who are parentally placed in private or home schools.  Rockdale County Public Schools personnel are available to meet with the representative from private and home schools to inform them of the district’s Child Find procedures and services that may be available under the proportionate share of federal special education funds.  If your child is enrolled in a private school or home school and has been identified as a child with a disability or you suspect your child has a disability, you may contact Dr. Marva Howard, Director of Learning Support at 770-860-4231 for more information.