Special Education

All students require support from teachers, classmates, family and friends to thrive and benefit from their school experience. Some students have special needs that require additional supports beyond those in a classroom setting. The District supports these needs through a tiered cycle of continuous assessment and responsive intervention for academic, social and emotional needs. Students can be formally identified through the Identification, Placement and Review Process and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that guides their programming; or have an Individual Education Plan without the formal identification.

Classroom teachers focus on universal design for learning and differentiated instruction to meet students' needs. Special education programs and services in the Renfrew County District School Board (RCDSB) support classroom teachers in meeting the needs of our diverse group of learners with special education needs.

Special education provides assessment, consultative programming, and direct intervention for exceptional students. We provide opportunities for students to grow and learn in a supportive environment that recognizes individual differences and promotes the full potential of students. We do this by liaising with the school, the home and the community.

Special Services: Information for Families Website

Central Staff

Jenny Smith

Superintendent of Education

Khala Wright

ABA Specialist

Alicia Hilts

Administrative Assistant

Joan Lehman

ABA Specialist

Angela MacGregor-Stewart

Principal, Special Services

Nicola Innes

Speech-Language Pathologist

Alison MacDougall-Popke

Vice Principal, Special Services

Ann Matthews

Speech-Language Pathologist

Cindy Brash

Program Consultant - Secondary

Elizabeth McKendry

Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing


Lisa Rigby

Program Consultant - Elementary


Rachel McKay

Itinerant Teacher of Students who are Blind/Low Vision and Complex Needs


Shelley Smith

Program Consultant - Elementary


Alison MacDougall-Popke

Assistive Technology Consultant


Alanda White



Additional Resources

Below are links to additional resources with information on the topic referenced above. The RCDSB, other government departments (provincial or federal) or third-party organizations may provide these additional resources:


Renfrew County District School Board

Mary Street Education Centre

480 Mary Street, Pembroke, ON K8A 5W9

T: 613-735-0151 ext. 3300

TF: 1-800 267-1098 ext. 3300