Special Education

Lake Myra Elementary School


This new newsletter is intended to keep parents up to date on what is happening in Special Education (SPED) at Lake Myra Elementary School (LMES) . The hope is to have this sent out quarterly as a reminder of the SPED program and what is offered at LMES. In future newletters we hope to provide more information specific to each prorgam at LMES and how you can support the SPED program. Listed below are the specific programs that are offered at LMES, and each program will lest specific details relevant to their program. We also hope this will be a help to the parents, and include infromation about any questions the parents may have.

Listed below is the Wake County Public School (WCPSS)website that will give further county wide information on the SPED program from the county. This is a great beginning resource to take a look at if you have not. This site contains information about the overview of the vision of SPED programs in WCPSS. In addition it goes into detail about resources and Transportation available to SPED families.

Bridging the Gap of School and Home in SPED

Parents Make a Difference

1. Parent Involvement boosts student achievement.

2. Parenent involvement is actually better predictor of academic success than standarized tests.

3. Parent Involvement defines as "any variety of activites that allow parents to participate in the deucational process at home or in the school."

4. Teachers and Schools can overcome barriers to parent imvolvement by reaching out and builidng trusting relationships.

Parent Resources


For the first Newsletter we decided that a link to WCPSS SPED website would be a great first step in obtaining information you may need. Please take a few minute to take a look at what WCPSS has to offer and that may be of help to you.


Parent Resource Room at the Lake!

If you have not had a chance, please come by and check out the Parent Resource Room at your childs school. This would be a great first step in obtaining information to help your child. We highly encourage Parent Involvement, so come check it out and see what YOU may learn!

Our Programs

CCR K - 5th

CCR classes are designed to serve students with disabilities on the Common Core as defined in their IEP. A full continuum of services (regular, resource or separate) is offered at every school. The educational focus is on acquisition of reading, writing and math skills and provides behavioral support for the student to be successful in the general and special education classes.

Autism Pre K - 5th

A developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction, generally evident before age three, which adversely affects a child's educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive activities and stereotypical movements, restricted interests, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.



Speech language impairment is -

  • A communication disorder, such as an impairment in fluency, articulation, language, or voice/resonance that adversely affects a child’s educational performance.
  • Language may include function of language (pragmatic), the content of the language (semantic), and the form of the language (phonological, morphologic and syntactic systems).
  • A speech or language impairment may result in a primary disability or it may be secondary to other disabilities.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are part of the education team within a school district. The profession of occupational therapy is concerned with a person’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities or “occupations.” In the schools, occupational therapy practitioners use their unique expertise to help children to prepare for and perform important learning and school-related activities and to fulfill their role as students. In this setting, occupational therapist support academic and non-academic outcomes, including social skills, math, reading and writing (i.e., literacy), behavior management, recess, participation in sports, self-help skills, prevocational/vocational participation, and more, for children and students with disabilities.

Upcoming ******SPED Website******

SPED is getting a WEBSITE!!!!

We are super excited that SPED will be getting a brand new website at Lake Myra. In addition to a newsletter coming home quarterly, parents will have easy access to information by the simple click of a link. At this time, the website is under construction and will be availbale to parents beginning in the third quarter. More information will be sent home about the website as time gets closer to it being finished. If there is anything as a parent you would like have added to the website please feel free to contact your childs teacher. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Lake Myra Elementary - Special Education

1300 Elk Falls Drive

Wenell, NC 27591

(919) 365 - 8990

School Website


SPED Teacher and E-Mail address

Jeanie Lagas - CCR K-5 jlagas@wcpss.net

Debi Parker - Pre-K Autism dparker3@wcpss.net

Derek Pattison - K-2 Autism dpattison@wcpss.net

Jan Mitchell - 3 - 5 Autism jmitchell7@wcpss.net

Carol Gates - Speech cegates@wcpss.net

Jamie Throndest - Occupational Therapist jthrondset@wcpss.net