Special Services

Kuykendall, Andrea
Instruction Administrative Assistant

Contact Us At:

91 Poorhouse Road

P.O. Box 10

Seale, Alabama 36875

Phone: (706) 321-2266 

 Fax: (334) 855-0328


The goals of the Special Services Department of Russell County School District are to:

  • Maximize each child's potential to live independently and participate in his/her community through learning, ...more

Addressing Disproportionality

PST Forms

Mega PST Overview

To download a copy of the fillable and savable file, please click here.



The Special Education Department serves over 345 students from preschool to age twenty-one. The purpose is to identify, evaluate and appropriately instruct students with varying disabilities. For ...more

Dr. Vivian Relf

Vivian Relf

Director of Special Services

Relf, Dr. Vivian Special Education Director

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Special Services Child Find

 What Is Child Find?

Child find is an effort by the Russell County School District to locate, identify and evaluate all children within its jurisdiction, 3 to 21 years of age, suspected of having a disability, to determine if he/she qualifies for special education services.  If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Dr. Vivian Relf, Director of Special Services at (706) 321-2266.


 Why Is Child Find important?

 Child Find helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students meeting eligibility requirements in the following disability areas:

  • Hearing Impairment                                           
  • Deaf- Blindness
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Emotional Disability
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Developmental Delay

Directions and Links for Required Training

Addressing Disproportionality in Alabama Public Schools Professional Development has three components that must be conducted annually for all newly hired teachers, administrators, evaluators, and others, as appropriate.


Component One:

Addressing Disproportionality in Alabama Public Schools Awareness Presentation


  1. Click the link or copy and paste into the URL window to download and view the presentation with notes. CLICK HERE

Component Two:

Positive Behavior Support (PBS)

The IRIS Center Module Resources



  1. Review Navigating an IRIS STAR Legacy Module                                                        (http://iris.peabody.vanderbilt.edu/home/navigating-the-iris-website/navigating-an-iris-star-legacy-module/)                                                                                                                                      
  2. Classroom Management (Part 1): Learning the Components of a Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan

             Section 5 Assessment

             Use a word document or your own paper to answer questions 1-5. 

             Follow LEA requirements for submitting assessment documents.  

  1. Classroom Management (Part 2): Developing Your Own Comprehensive Behavior Management Plan

             Section 3 Perspectives & Resources Assessment

Once you have completed Perspectives & Resources return to page 9 to develop you own action plan. Follow LEA requirements for submitting assessment documents. 


Section 5 Assessment

Use a word document or your own paper to answer questions 1-5. 

Follow LEA requirements for submitting assessment documents.  




Component Three:

Makes Sense Strategies (MSS) Training


  1. Go to the Alabama State Personnel Development Grant website
    Makes Sense Strategies Professional Development           http://www.alspdg.org/makessense_strategies_training.html
  2. Follow the detailed instructions to complete the MSS video series PD

After completing all components, submit required documentation to Dr. Vivian Relf, Special Services Director - Seale Campus


Special Education Teachers


Ashley Spivey – lynna@russellcsd.net   

Julie Newton – newtonj@russellcsd.net

Nicole Oliver - olivern@russellcsd.net


Cile Parish – parishc@russellcsd.net

Johnnie Tinsley – tinsleyj@russellcsd.net

Lisa Trammell – trammelllisa@russellcsd.net

Michelle Wood – woodm@russellcsd.net


Jessie Horn - hornj@russellcsd.net

Sarah Leverette - leverettes@russellcsd.net


Raven Garrett – garrettr@russellcsd.net

Terrence Darden – dardent@russellcsd.net


Cynthia Ambrose - ambrosec@russellcsd.net

Ruth Dutch - dutchr@russellcsd.net

Howard Eubanks - eubanksh@russellcsd.net

Marnii Peel -  peelm@russellcsd.net



Laura Baker – bakerl@russellcsd.net

Michael Gabbard – gabbardm@russellcsd.net

Shavonnie Perkins – perkinss@russellcsd.net


Sherin James Wright – jamessh@russellcsd.net





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