Lawson to direct district special education

Holly Jenkins Lawson

Carrollton, Ky. - December 14, 2021 - Holly Jenkins Lawson will be the new director of special education in the Carroll County School District as of December 20. Lawson comes to the district with experience in a variety of special education and guidance counseling positions, including experience at Carroll County Middle School. Lawson is beginning her time as director of special education midyear after Wayne Sizemore, current director for the district, took a position as the superintendent of the Jackson Independent School District.


"We are very thankful and proud to have Mrs. Lawson as our new director of special education," said Superintendent Danny Osborne. "Her experience shows that she knows our students as well as how school districts our size best serve students. Having worked as a science teacher, special education teacher, and guidance counselor, she is a great person to lead special education in our district."


Lawson began her career in education at Trimble County Middle School in 2006, where she served as a science teacher. Afterward, she served as a special education teacher at Carroll County Middle School, Trimble County Middle School, and Western Hills High School before serving as the Franklin County High School student support services coordinator from 2015 - 2016 and guidance counselor from 2016 - 2021.


"I am excited to start my career as a director of special education in Carroll County, a place that I have worked and am familiar with,” Lawson said. “My goal is to support students and ensure the appropriate supports are in place to allow them to advocate, learn, and grow into successful adults who can effectively transition to the next stages of their lives."


Lawson is a 2002 graduate of the University of Louisville, where she studied criminal justice. After she began teaching, she graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in exceptional education. She subsequently earned master's degrees from University of the Cumberlands in instructional leadership (2009) and school counseling (2014). She also completed a Director of Special Education certification from WKU (2019).    


“I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to serve the students of Carroll County and to partner with parents, teachers, staff and community members to provide the best education for special education students,” Lawson said.


Lawson's duties as director of special education begin December 20.


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