Exceptional Students Program
The Exceptional Students Program supports the mission of the Dougherty County School System by creating a stimulating climate in which all students will pursue excellence, take responsibility for their lives, and contribute positively to their families, schools, society, environment, and the global community. We hope this web page will increase awareness of the department and communicate useful information, provide resources to teachers, parents, students and the entire community.
Department Vision and Mission
Department MissionThe mission of the Dougherty County School System Exceptional Students program is to identify students who meet the federal and state criteria with a disability requiring special education and to provide services that empower them to become active members of society based on their individual strengths and abilities. We are committed to providing a caring community of dedicated staff and involved parents who meet the diverse academic, emotional, and social needs of all of our students in a respectful and positive environment.
VisionOur vision is to provide positive learning experiences that facilitate success for students in special education through high-quality instruction as well as collaboration with parents, students, schools, and the community. Students will focus on their positive attributes and recognize their individual strengths and achievements to promote their future success.
Our offices are located in the Albany High Complex at 801 W Residence Avenue, Suite 217.
For additional information, you may call our offices at 229-431-1313.
Exceptional Students Staff
Gordina Porter Director Dr. Gayla Bentley Assistant Director Lydia Woodward Assistant Director Alexandria Allen ESP Records Shannon Gilford Psychological Services Records Vedra Hall Office Manager Pamela Bearden Administrative Assistant Veronica Shelton Administrative Assistant
Offices are located at:
Albany High Complex
801 W. Residence Ave.,
Albany, Ga. 31705