Exceptional Children

Exceptional Children Staff | Exceptional Children Contract Personnel | Dispute Resolution| Helpful Parent Links

Exceptional Children Staff:

Kelsey Goss – Exceptional Children Coordinator/Teacher (236-9441 ext. 231)

Kelsey began teaching in 1997 in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA in Classics from Wesleyan University and her MS in Special Education from Bank Street College. In addition to her experience as a special education teacher with kids in grades K-8, she has worked as a general education teacher and a reading specialist. Kelsey moved to Asheville in 2007 and began teaching at FDNSC in 2008. She completed her National Board certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy in 2012.

Melissa Murphy-Exceptional Children Teacher  (236-9441  ext. 234)

Melissa Murphy began her teaching career in south Texas in 1996 with Teach for America. She then moved to Austin to continue teaching and completed a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas in 2001. In 2001, she moved to North Carolina, taught a year in Henderson County, and began teaching at Francine Delany in 2002. She has experience ranging from the primary grades through middle school and has worked as both a teacher of exceptional children as well as general education teacher during her career. She completed National Board Certification in literacy in 2008.  At FDNSC she has taught first, second, third, and sixth grades. She currently serves as the exceptional children’s teacher and curriculum specialist.


Exceptional Children Contract Personnel:

Michael Grandis – Psychologist

Melodie Meadows and Kristen Kershaw Swanson – Speech/Language Therapists

Ariane Piercy – Occupational Therapist

David Downing – Physical Therapist

Nita Smith – Teacher of the Visually Impaired

Amy Whitworth – Hearing Impaired Teacher


Dispute Resolution:

Concerns for the education of students with special needs can be addressed by following Francine Delany’s Parent Grievance Procedure. If the concerns are not resolved with satisfaction or a parent wants Exceptional Children dispute resolution information, the information can be found on the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction – EC Division’s website here.


Helpful Parent Links:

Department of Public Instruction: Dyslexia and Dyscalculia–This DPI page provides information and resources regarding dyslexia and dyscalculia.

Annual Public Report For Students With Disabilities — 2012-2013

Handbook on Parents’ Rights — This handbook will help you understand the legal rights provided for you and your child with a disability.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction: Exceptional Children Division — The State Board of Education site provides links to Exceptional Children policies, parent resources, DPI staff, etc.

ECAC: Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center — ECAC is a private non-profit parent organization that provides information, education, outreach, and support to families across the state of North Carolina.

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities — NICHCY acts as a source of information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth. This site also provides easy-to-read information on IDEA, the law authorizing early intervention services and special education.

LD OnLine — This website provides information on learning disabilities and ADHD.

Autism Society of North Carolina — ASNC is a statewide organization, supporting North Carolinians affected by autism.

TEACCH Autism Program — The TEACCH program creates community-based services, training programs, and research for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and for their families.