• Department of Special Education

  • Mission:  Why we are here

    The mission of the Department of Special Education is to provide all students with disabilities access to high quality specially designed instruction and resources through a continuum of services and supports that equip students and their families with the skills and competencies to exit Anne Arundel County Public Schools college, career, and community ready.

    Vision:  How we see the future

    All staff are united in a common commitment and are accountable to ensure that students are able to work independently, and are college, career and community ready.  With high expectations for student achievement, all students who struggle will have environmental and instructional access to the general education curriculum. 



Values: What guides the work

  • Inclusivity

    Intentionally designing learning communities that build capacity, encourage shared participation and decision-making by providing access to opportunities and resources while dismantling barriers.

  • Innovation

    Through authentic leadership and service to all, we will meet the needs of an evolving and diverse system by fostering creativity, flexibility and positivity.

  • Integrity

    Working in a manner that fosters trust for all through effective, honest communication and accountability.


  • Black circle Anne Arundel County Public Schools Department of Special Education Inside Integrity Inclusivity Innovation

    Sonya McElroy
    Director, Birth-5 Programs, Special Services and Nonpublic Placement

    Diane McGowan
    Director, Specially Designed Instruction and Compliance