Exceptional Children

Welcome to the Department of Exceptional Children. 

We are dedicated to providing a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities. Our mission is to offer our students successful educational experiences in the least restrictive environment. Our teachers and staff provide specially designed instruction and related services to ensure students with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, receive a free and appropriate education.  

To prepare every student to pursue a career and to lead a balanced life.

Contact Information: 
Evan Clapsaddle
Interim Exceptional Children's Director
828-488-3129 ext. 5144
Email Evan Clapsaddle

Lisa Waldroup
Exceptional Children's Coordinator/Compliance
828-488-3129 ext. 5122
Email Lisa Waldroup

Kristie Wike
Exceptional Children's Preschool Coordinator
828-488-3129 ext. 5633
Email Kristie Wike

Parent Resources

EC Handbook of Parents Rights

EC Handbook of Parent Rights (Spanish)

NCDPI Department of Exceptional Children Website

The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to assure that students with disabilities develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of appropriate individualized education in the least restrictive environment.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)

ECAC is North Carolina’s Parent Center and is committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children. Established in 1983, ECAC offers a variety of projects and services designed to meet the needs of NC parents, families, students, educators, and other professionals.