• Department of Preschool Special Education

    Suzanne Korngold, Director of Special Education
    Ingrid Hunt, Preschool Teacher, Oconee Primary School
    Gia Mataras, Preschool Teacher, Oconee Primary School
    Michael Walshe, Preschool Teacher, High Shoals Elementary
    Paula Bargfrede, Preschool Community Speech Pathologist
    (706) 769- 6655 extension 3706 or pbargfrede@oconeeschools.org

    Preschool Packet:  (English)  (Spanish)



    The Preschool Special Needs Program is a federally mandated amendment to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which mandates a range of educational opportunities for preschool students with disabilities aged 3 through 5.


    Any child ages three through five (preschool age) who is experiencing significant difficulties or delays in cognitive, communication, motor, social or adaptive development may be referred for service. Parents, preschool teachers, pediatricians, or other professionals may refer a child for developmental screening or assessment.

    Oconee County School District offers free monthly screenings for children ages 3 to 5 (prior to entering kindergarten) to determine the need for early intervention support and services. Your child will be screened for hearing, vision, articulation, language, and developmental skills. Hearing screenings are offered the second Friday of every month and testing for cognitive, communication, motor and social or adaptive development is the second Friday of every month by appointment only. Call or email Paula Bargfrede at (706) 469-6655 or pbargfrede@oconeeschools.org. The screening will last approximately one hour, and parents must be present with their child at all times. The team will consist of special education personnel, an audiologist, and a speech-language pathologist.

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