Special Services Department

Lufkin ISD is committed to providing special education and related services to the students who meet eligibility criteria as set by the Texas Education Agency.  Lufkin ISD Special Services is proud to provide a variety of services to our special education children and to their families to ensure that students receive the appropriate services to maximize their individual potential.

Some of the services offered to students include direct instruction in academic and vocational areas, support services, counseling, transportation, occupational, physical, and speech therapies, extended year services, and any other services deemed necessary for the student to meet his/her individual goals.


Our Philosophy

The special education staff is a child-centered staff that is always seeking to do what is best for the student.  All decisions regarding instruction and services are driven by the idea of providing a beneficial education in the most appropriate least restrictive environment for all children.

Our expectations are high for all children with a goal to provide these children an education that allows the student to access the general curriculum and to become productive citizens and life-long learners.

Advocating for our special education students is a primary responsibility of our staff; our special education staff is dedicated to ensuring these exceptional learners receive a meaningful education.


Program Overview

Lufkin ISD Special Services offers a variety of special education services on each campus. These services may include:

  • Content Mastery Centers
  • Life Skills Classrooms
  • Adaptive Behavior Classrooms
  • Specialized Classrooms for children with autism
  • Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
  • Vocational Exploration Training
  • Career Exploration Training
  • Vocational Adjustment Coordination
  • Parent Training(s)
  • Crisis Prevention & Intervention Training (CPI)
  • Regional Day School Programs for the Deaf
  • Early Intervention Services


Special Services Resources


Special Services Staff
Kim Kassaw

Kim Kassaw


📧 kkassaw@lufkinisd.org
☎️ (936) 630-4361


Special Services Directory


Assessment Staff Assignments Phone
Natalie Fitzgerald Allen Brandon
District CPI Trainer
(936) 630-4293
Christa Ashbaugh, LSSPA Coston (AU)
Brookhollow (AB)
Projective Testing for 3-12
TEAM Testing
(936) 630-4284
Julia Evans Anderson
Lufkin High School
Lufkin Middle School
(936) 630-4264
Peggy Gilbert Lufkin Middle School
(936) 630-4279
Kim Graham Hackney
Special Services
Child Find/ECI
TEAM Testing
(936) 630-4282
Irma Herrera
Special Education Coordinator
Behavioral RtI Support for Sped
Bilingual Support
District CPI Trainer
ESY Principal
Teacher Training/Monitoring
(936) 630-4261
Janiece Metcalf Lufkin High School
Stubblefield Learning Center
Assessment Resources Coordinator
(936) 630-4277
Kae Richert Lufkin Middle School (936) 630-4285
Lety Solis Lufkin Middle School
Bilingual Testing
(936) 630-4280
Katherine Summers Lufkin High School
Lufkin Middle School Deaf Education
Slack Deaf Education
Trout Deaf Education
(936) 630-0058
Malarie Thompson, LSSP Herty (Adaptive Behavior, Autism)
Behavioral RtI – All campuses
Projective Testing for EE-2
TEAM Testing
(936) 630-0058
Lori White Lufkin High School (936) 630-4266
Support Staff    
Mary Russell Assistant to Executive Director of Student Services
Assistant to Director of Special Services
(936) 630-4272
Barbara Capps Assistant to RDSPD Supervisor
(936) 630-4269
Aspen Allman Special Services Records Clerk (936) 630-4275
Candi Blackmon O&M Specialist (936) 630-4272
Alex Driver VI Specialist/Assistive Technology Coordinator (936) 633-7407
Cynthia Fitzgerald Occupational Therapist Assistant (936) 630-4272
Lindsey Goforth Occupational Therapist (936) 630-4272
Ginny Spore Physical Therapist (936) 630-4272
Karen Gay District Behavioral Specialist (936) 630-4326
Dora Trekell RDSPD Supervisor
ECI/Child Find
(936) 630-4270
Speech Therapists
and Speech Assistants
Melinda Bowman Speech Therapist (936) 633-7151
Melanie Garrett Speech Assistant (936) 630-4319
Edith Munoz Greer Speech Assistant (936) 630-7152
Jamie Moore Speech Assistant (936) 630-4319
Kristian Taylor Speech Pathologist (936) 633-4631
Aley Vardeman Speech Pathologist (936) 630-4317