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Department of Special Education

melissa charbonnetMrs. Melissa Charbonnet
Director of Special Education

301-475-5511 ext 32220

The St. Mary's County Public Schools ( SMCPS) is responsible for providing a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students with disabilities from birth through the age of 21 regardless of the severity of their disability. Eligibility identification is made in accordance with Federal and State policies and regulations. At the initial evaluation meeting, and any other subsequent meeting upon parental request, the parents and/or guardians shall be provided a verbal and written explanation of their Parental Rights: Maryland Procedural Safeguards Notice anda Parents' Guide to Habilitative Services. To the maximum extent appropriate, students receive instruction in the general education classsroom with the necessary accommodations and adaptiations provided by the general education and special education staff. St. Mary's County Public Schools provides a full continuum of servicies for students with disablities with adherence to the requirements of serving students in their home schools in the Least Restrictive Environment ( LRE), as determined by the student IEPs. All decisions regarding the placement of a child with a disability in a special education service delivery model is in consultation with the parents or guardians of the child and consistent with the Least Restrictive Environment ( LRE) requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Act ( IDEA). A local school system is also required to provide a written copy of this information, upon request [Education Article §8-418].  The service delivery/program models are available in hard copy upon request.

For further information on all programs offered through the Department of Special Education, please click on the link in the menu bar located on the right-hand side of the page or contact Melissa Charbonnet at mbcharbonnet@smcps.org .


Primary Responsibilities

The Director of Special Education oversees the primary responsibilities of the department and works collaboratively with other departments to effectively provide services to students with disabilities. The Director of Special Education is responsible for developing and supporting specialized programs, monitoring compliance of IDEA, recruitment, retention and training of staff and responding to parent and school inquires and concerns.

Please refer to the following school assignment list. If parents have questions about their child's specific IEP, they are encouraged to contact the school administrator and/or IEP Chairperson. Parents may also contact the assigned Special Education Supervisor regarding their child's IEP implementation.

Please refer to the Program Descriptions link on the left side of this page for Department of Special Education programs and contact information within the Department of Special Education.

Please direct all comments and questions about the posted staffing plan to Ms. Melissa Charbonnet at mbcharbonnet@smcps.org


Honora Batelka  hkbatelka@smcps.org
301-475-5511 ext 32227

  • Great Mills High School
  • Spring Ride Middle School
  • Lexington Park ElementarySchool
  • Park Hall Elementary School
  • Ridge Elementary School


Marcie Hough mahough@smcps.org
301-475-5511 ext 32225

  • Chopticon High School
  • Margaret Brent Middle school
  • Esperenza Middle School
  • Dynard Elementary School
  • Lettie Marshall Dent Elementary School


Cynthia Kilcoyne ckkilcoyne@smcps.org
301-475-5511 ext 32218

  • Birth to 5 Programming
  • Benjamin Banneker Elementary School
  • Green Holly Elementary School
  • Greenview Knolls Elementary School
  • Mechanicsville Elementary School


Carrie Smith cmsmith@smcps.org
301-475-5511 x32215

  • Chesapeake Public Charter
  • Evergreen Elementary School
  • George Washington Carver Elementary School
  • Oakville Elementary School
  • Town Creek Elementary School
  • White Marsh Elementary School


Wallace Roberts wdroberts@smcps.org
301-475-5511 ext 32211

  • Leonardtown High School
  • Fairlead I and II
  • Dr. James A. Forrest Career  And Technology Center
  • Leonardtown Middle School
  • Hollywood Elementary School
  • Leonardtown Elementary School
  • Piney Point Elementary School


Department Contact Information

23160 Moakley Street
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-5511 Ext. 32206
Fax: 301-475-2469