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Special Education

Special Education Teachers

Jenny Brown​

Classes Taught
Community Based Instruction

School Activities 

AASIS Teacher (Appalachian Arts and Studies in Schools)

Educational Background
B.S. in Human Nutrition, Food, and Exercise - Virginia Tech - 2003
M.S. in Special Education - Radford University - 2006
Certificate of Autism Studies - Regent University - 2011

This is my 18th year teaching at EMHS.

Personal Information
I am from Fluvanna County, Virginia and moved to the New River Valley in 1999. I currently live in Salem with my husband. We have a son named Walker and a daughter named Stella.

Hobbies and Interests
I love to read, travel, take pictures, cook, and listen to local/live music.

Favorite Quotes
Dreams are necessary to life. - Anais Nin

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. - Desmond Tutu

Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
For as long as ever you can.
- John Wesley

Picture of Jayce Bryant smiling

Jayce Bryant


Educational Background:
Graduated from Glenvar High School. I got my undergraduate and graduate degree from Radford University.

K-12 General and Adaptive Special Education

Personal Information:
I have a daughter named Gwindelyn who keeps me very busy. I am from Salem and have stayed in this area my whole life, including Radford University for my degree.

Hobbies and Interests:
Spending time with family, reading, and watching sports. Huge Dallas Cowboys, Atlanta Braves, and UNC Tarheel fan.

Favorite Websites:

Motivational Statement:
“Everyone is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life thinking that it’s stupid.”


Holly King

Educational Background
B.S. in Psychology- Radford University - 2016
M.S. in Special Education - Radford University - 2021
I have been working in secondary education since 2019.


Personal Information
I am from Powhatan County, Virginia and moved to the New River Valley in 2013. I currently live in Craig County with my husband. 


Hobbies and Interests
I love to be outside in any capacity. I spend most of my time riding mountain bikes or road bikes. I love to cuddle with my two pitties.
Brittany Hawley
Classes Taught:
Special Education Teacher
Prom Sponsor
Educational Background:
I attended West Virginia University for both undergrad and graduate school. I graduated from WVU in May 2014 with my master's in elementary education and special education.
I am a certified licensed teacher in both Virginia and West Virginia in elementary education K-6 and special education general curriculum K-12.
I started teaching at EMHS in 2014, and I truly love the school and community!
Personal Information:
I am originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and am the oldest of three children.  I have a younger sister and brother.  I met my husband, Jeremiah, at college. After I graduated from WVU, I moved to Virginia and we got married July 2, 2016!  We had our son, Wells Morgan, November 14, 2021 and have been very busy with him! We now live in Roanoke with our puppy, Sadie!
Hobbies and Interests:
I enjoy cooking, scrap booking, decorating, watching WVU Mountaineers and Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, playing with my puppy, shopping, watching reality TV, and spending time with my husband, family, and friends.
Motivational Statement:
"You don't always need a plan.  Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go, and see what happens."
-Mandy Hale

"If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough."

Core Values

Special Education is an integral part of the total collaborative education system where diversity is valued and all students are encouraged towards independence.

Academic behavioral instruction should be authentic with high expectations, promoting active engagement for all students.

Staff will be empowered to meet the educational needs of all students through shared responsibility.

Parent involvement is an integral and valued part of the special education process.

Procedural Safeguards can be obtained at the links below or families may contact a special education teacher to request a hard copy at any time.



Instructional Aides

Judy Kessinger, Instructional Aide

Mary Richardson, Instructional Aide

Tina Sarver, Instructional Aide