Jan NeSmith joined Jackson County School System in 2017 as director of special education. She comes to JCSS from Madison County with 24 years experience, including 19 years in the classroom followed by in-school coordinator, assistant principal of students with disabilities, and assistant special education director. She has worked extensively to create specialized programs for students with disabilities, enabling them to learn creatively in a safe environment. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia with further studies at Piedmont College and Valdosta State University. She is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, and currently lives in Athens.
Welcome to the Jackson County School System’s Department of Special Education.
We strive to meet the individual needs of all our students. We invite you to join us in serving your children so that, together, we can guide them in reaching their greatest potential.
To prohibit discrimination and to ensure that disabled students have educational opportunities and benefits equal to those provided to non-disabled students, the U.S. Congress enacted Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, commonly referred to as “Section 504.”
The Jackson County School system implements the law through the programs of its special education department. You will find links to more information about our department and services at right.
If you are new to Jackson County and need information regarding registration or programs for your child, please contact the Special Education Department at 706-367-5151.
Special Ed Group - Facebook Full Page
- Click here for the Teaching & Learning overview.
- Click here to return to the Teaching & Learning photo directory page.
Click here to meet our elementary and secondary school special education coordinators and our K-12 behavior coordinator.
Child Find – Information to help JCSS identify children under the age of 5 who may need special education services
Special Education: Parent’s Guide to Understanding Rights and Responsibilities – Georgia Department of Education
- Notice of Rights of Students and Parents Under Section 504
- Section 504 Procedural Safeguards
- Request for an Impartial Hearing under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973