Special Education

Through ongoing collaboration with our local and state stakeholders, including parents, staff and students, the Department of Special Education serves FCPS by supporting systemic instructional programming focusing on eliminating the achievement gap, developing social competencies, nurturing independence, and preparing students with disabilities to become contributing members of a global society. 

Child Find Services

Child Find is the process for locating, evaluating and identifying all children from birth through age 21 who are suspected of having a disability. Parents who suspect their child may have an educational disability should speak with staff at their child’s school. If a child is homeschooled, attending a parentally placed private school, or is 2 years, 9 months or older and not enrolled in FCPS, parents should contact the Child Find Office at 301 644 5292. Information regarding the Child Find process for children younger than 2 years, 9 months may be obtained from the Frederick County Developmental Center, 301 600-1611.

Child Find Brochure: English
Child Find Brochure: Spanish

The Child Find video showcases the continuum of preschool special education services available to children in Frederick County Public Schools who warrant the support of specialized instruction. Families, service providers and community members are invited to view the video to develop a better understanding of the supports available to some of our youngest learners.

Partners for Success

Based at Rock Creek School, this program facilitates parental involvement for children and youth with disabilities ages 3 through 21 as a means of improving services and results. Staff provides special education resources, individual consultations, seminars, workshops, newsletters, a lending library and assistance with the IEP process. FCPS sends FindOutFirst email about workshops and fun family events to subscribers who select Special Education news as an area of interest. The office of Partners for Success is open during the school year. Please call 240-236-8744 for more information.

Partners for Success Flyer: English
Partners for Success Flyer: Spanish


Dr. Keith Harris
Executive Director,
Accelerating Achievement and Equity Department

(301) 644-5270
Fax: (301) 696-6848

Dr. Linda Chambers
Director of Special Education (Secondary Programs)

(301) 644-5281
Fax: (301) 644-5303

Troy Keller
Director of Special Education (Elementary Programs)

(301) 644-5281
Fax: (301) 644-5303

April Sprecher
Supervisor of Speech Language Services and Related Services

(301) 644-5268
Fax: (301) 644-5305

Sonya McElroy
Elementary Supervisor of Instructional Programs (Child Find to Grade 5)

(301) 644-5292
Fax: (301) 644-5304

Emily Quinlan
Secondary Supervisor of Instructional Programs (Middle School and 504)

(301) 644-5289
Fax: (301) 644-5304

Christie Flayhart
Secondary Supervisor of Instructional Programs (High School to Age 21)

(301) 644-5295
Fax: (301) 644-5304

FCPS Special Education Attorney

(301) 696-6842
Fax: (301) 644-5304

Nichole Beck
FCPS Special Education Paralegal

(301) 696-5250
Fax: (301) 644-5304

Amy L. Brooks
Coordinator of Interpreting Services

(301) 644-5192 or (301) 644-5191
Fax: (301) 644-4005
Video Phone (VP) (301) 750-2282

JoAnn O'Toole
Executive Secretary
(301) 644-5281
Fax: (301) 644-5303