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Special Education


Welcome to Special Education!

The Special Education Department offers services to students with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism, sensory and physical disabilities, behavior disorders and giftedness for children 3 through 21 years of age.

Services are provided by licensed teachers, professional staff and by trained paraprofessionals.  In addition to student services the department also provides staff development for all Roane County educators, parent training, and area wide inter-agency collaborations.

Please contact your child’s teacher or principal for accessing special education services or contact:


Marti Sparks
Special Education Supervisor
Roane County Schools
Phone:  865-717-5463



I began my career in education teaching special education at Rockwood High School where I taught for 11 years.  I went on to work for the TN Department of Education as a Compliance Consultant monitoring special education programs for 7 years. In 2011 I returned home to Roane County Schools as the Assistant Principal at Rockwood High School until accepting the position of Special Education Supervisor in January 2017.

I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance and went on to earn my Master's and Ed.S Degrees in Special Education from Tennessee Tech University while earning a second Master's in Instructional Leadership.

Update 06.06.2017 from the Roane County Schools Special Education Department

"We are excited to announce that we are expanding our partnership with Grace Rehabilitation Services to provide our occupational therapy services for the 2017-2018 school year.  This company has been providing Roane County Schools’ physical therapy services since 2009.  We look forward to working with them as we continue to improve our services for students."

Marti Sparks

Special Education Supervisor