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Byard Selected as Special Ed Director

Clarissa Byard has been selected as district director of special education for Hopkins County Schools. Since 2008, she has served as aClarissa Byard  district special education teacher consultant. 

In her current role, she has worked closely with teachers in areas such as alternate assessment, assistive technology, districtwide autism and FMD specialized classrooms, Medicaid liaison, safe crisis management, and more. She will start her new position on July 1, 2023. 

“I am extremely honored to be selected as director of special education for our school district,” Byard said. “I would like to thank the interviewing committee and Superintendent Amy Smith for the opportunity.

“My heart is for our special education students, staff, and families,” she said. “I have worked with many amazing people in our district over the past 19 years and look forward to creating many more great relationships. We have a strong administrative team that values advocating for our students, and I’m eager to continue that support in my new role as director.”

She earned a bachelor’s degree in teacher education - English and literature from Mountain State University, a master’s degree in learning and behavior disorders from Campbellsville University, a Rank I in School Counseling from Murray State University, and a Director of Special Education Level 1 Certificate from University of the Cumberlands.

Prior to her current position, she was a special education teacher at West Broadway and Earlington Elementary schools.

“Clarissa Byard’s background and experience in the Special Education Department will be a great benefit as she steps into this new role,” said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Damon Fleming. “We believe she will be a great asset to our team and the district as a whole.”