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
Suzanne Jacobs, Preschool School Psychologist
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 is offers free 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 and vision, and articulation and language. Hearing screenings are offered the second Friday of every month and testing for cognitive, communication, motor and social or adaptive development is the fourth Friday of every month. 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.

Georgia Preschool Resources


Community Resources

Babies Can't Wait - This is an early intervention program serving children with significant developmental delays.
Georgia Department of Early Care & Learning  - Useful links from A to Z.


Oconee County Schools will be a nationally-recognized leader in academic achievement by ensuring all students receive a rigorous, balanced education that will enable them to compete in and contribute to a global society.