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Student Services and Special Education



Director of Student Services and Special Education     

Mrs. Mekelle Neathery                                                           

Email: mneathery@jsd117.org

310 Clay Court            
Jacksonville, IL  62650
Phone: 217-243-7402
Fax: 217-243-3155




Our Mission

The purpose of the Jacksonville School District 117 Special Services Department is to provide an appropriate education for students with disabilities, in the least restrictive environment, that will enable them to reach their potential, both academically and personally, and to become functioning members of society. 

The Special Services Department includes special education teachers, school psychologists, speech/language specialists, school social workers, related service providers and paraprofessionals. Together we work in partnerships with regular education staff, administration and parents to plan and provide specialized academic and behavioral supports and services in order to promote success for students with exceptional needs.



Assistant Director of Student Services and Special Education

Mr. Blake Martin                                                         

Email: bmartin@jsd117.org

 Blake Martin


Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Jody Hammers                     

Email: jhammers@jsd117.org



Student Services and Special Education Staff

School Psychologists

Mission Statement: It is the mission of the School Psychology Department to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based, effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning through identification of students that require additional assistance.

Jacksonville School District 117 School psychologists receive specialized advanced graduate preparation that includes coursework and practical experiences relevant to both psychology and education. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists consult with parents and teachers, evaluate and advocate for students, and are active participants in various student team meetings. Click on the name below to read each Psychologist's full biography.  

Larry Fairbanks

Rebecca Erickson

Shannon Folker   

Amanda Howell     

School Psychologists Resources

Motivating Learning In Young Children

School Readiness- Preparing Children for Kindergarten and Beyond: Information for Parents

Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators

Teaching Young Children Self-Control Skills

Temper Tantrums: Guidelines for Parents

Helping Your Child Cope With Grief

Info About Kids Website

Speech and Language Pathologists

Mission Statement: The Speech-Language Pathologists' mission is to work collaboratively with parents and other school personnel to support functional and effective communication in all academic and social settings through the identification and treatment of students in need. 

Click on the name below to read each Speech and Language Pathologist's full biography.  

Amanda Carriger   

Dee Darr   

Dorothy Fernandes  

Betsy Grogan   

Audrey Just   

Michelle May 

Jenna Stowers   

Rachel Turner  

Speech and  Language Pathologists Resources

Parent Resources for Speech

3 to 1 Letter

Developmental Milestones

Jacksonville Area  Support Agencies

Referral Process for Speech Concerns

Teacher Referral Form for Elementary School

Teacher Referral Form for Preschool

Student Support Week Schedule

 School Social Workers

Mission Statement:Jacksonville School District 117 school social workers empower educational partners by building and enhancing social/emotional life skills for academic and personal success. 

Click on the name below to read each Social Worker's full biography.  

Meg Lorton   

Jami Jamieson    

Adrienne VanBebber 

Michelle Elliott

Kelsey Mierzwa

Lecie Mann Brannan

Transition Apartment Program

Diane Storey