Special Services

Bob Blackburn
Director of Special Services

740-797-4516
bblackburn@athenscsd.org

 
 
Welcome to the Office of Special Services home page.  Our office provides support to the students and staff of the district.  Our staff is dedicated to the continued improvement of services to provide a productive, enjoyable, and enriching experience for all students. While serving children with disabilities is a primary function of this office, this is best achieved by improving educational services to all. We coordinate our services with the school personnel, school counselors, school nurses, the Talented and Gifted program staff, as well as the community agencies which serve our students.
 
Special Services Vision
 
The ACSD special services department seeks to provide a meaningfully inclusive learning environment that highlights
individual strengths, focuses on growth, and nurtures lifelong independence through collaborative, data-based instructional decisions.
 
Department Contacts
 
Please feel free to contact any of our staff for further information or if you need assistance in accessing services to your child.
 
 
Bob Blackburn, Director of Special Services
Email Mr. Blackburn, 740.797.4516 ext. 1206
 
Katherine Harrelson, Student Services Coordinator
Email Ms. Harrelson, 740.797.4516
 
Chelsa Carter, School Psychologist
Email Mrs. Carter, 740.797.4516 ext. 1209
 
Lori Lowe, School Psychologist
Email Ms. Archer, 740.797.4516 ext. 1208
 
Emily Dodd, Elementary School Counselor, East Elementary
Email Mrs. Dodd, 740.797.4516 ext. 1210
 
Jen Hill, Elementary School Counselor, The Plains Intermediate
Email Mrs. Hill, 740.797.4516
 
Dr. Emily Rittenhouse, Elementary School Counselor, The Plains Intermediate
Email Dr. Rittenhouse, 740.797.4516
 
Sean Kelbley, Elementary School Counselor
Email Mr. Kelbley, 740.797.4516 ext. 1210
 
Courtney Cole, Speech-Language Pathologist
Email Ms. Cole, 740.797.4516
 
Michele Pratt, Speech-Language Pathologist
Email Mrs. Pratt, 740.797.4516
 
Sarah White, Speech-Language Pathologist
Email Mrs. White, 740.797.4516