Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC)

  • Purpose:

    The Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC) is organized to ensure that parents, school, staff, and community professionals come together to promote a shared decision-making process to plan and implement educational programs for students with special needs. Special needs students are those who have IEP's or 504 plans, those who are medically fragile, and those who are being considered for eligibility for special education within the Exceptional Children's Programs.

    The Council functions as an advocate for children with disabilities in the school system. The-major focus of the Council is system-wide issues as opposed to individual concerns. Individual concerns should be directed to the Exceptional Children's Programs Office. The purpose of the SNAC is to work collaboratively on the improvement of the quality of education for children with special needs in Union County Public Schools (UCPS).

    Special Needs Advisory Council Activities:

    • Serve as an avenue of public input for the improvement of special education and increase school and community awareness concerning children with special needs and their families.

    • Advocate for effective, coordinated, and comprehensive programs.

    • Provide workshops, learning opportunities, and information to parents and the school community concerning issues and programs for students with special needs.

    • Connect families with community agencies (e.g. mental health, vocational rehabilitation, etc.) and resources.

    • Make recommendations for needed improvements to the school system with regards to EC students and programs.

    • Communicate appreciation and support to those serving children with special needs.

    • The EC Director will present the Council's recommendations concerning issues, policies, and programs to the superintendent as appropriate.


    UCPS Special Needs Advisory Council 2020-2021 Meetings
    will be held on the Second Tuesday of the following months:

    September 8, 2020

    November 11, 2020

    January 12, 2021

    March 9, 2021

    May 11, 2021

    at 6:30 pm at the Professional Development Center

    CATA Campus

    600 Brewer Drive

    Monroe, NC


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                                                                SNAC Members


    Names Email  Phone Numbers Title (parent representative by cluster, UCPS Staff and Others
    Linda Little



    UCPS - Transition Specialist

    Dr. Wendy Gravely



    UCPS Coordinator for Section 504 & Compliance

    Susan Williams



    Assistant Principal Kensington Elementary, Cuthbertson Cluster

    Melanie Miller



    Disability Organization - Executive Director, The Arc of Union/Cabarrus

    Dr. Laura Beachum



    Director of Exceptional Children’s Program for UCPS

    Alicia Jones



    Parent- Parkwood Cluster

    Hillary Kroboth



    EC Program Specialist

    Natasha Chow



    Parent - Cuthbertson Cluster, Teacher

    Libby Conder



    Parent - Monroe Cluster

    Jessica Aguilar



    Parent - Piedmont (Fairview) Cluster

    Mari McTamney



    Assistant Principal, Piedmont High School

    Christina Bagdasarian



    Parent - Cuthbertson Cluster

    Amy Herlihy



    Assistant Principal, Union Elementary School

    Belle Walker, MSW



    Lead and EC School Social Worker

    Mishaun Mitchell, MSW



    EC School Social Worker