Public Schools of Robeson County

Exceptional Children's Program

Dr. Doris Hunt
Director for Exceptional Children/504
Post Office Drawer 2909
Lumberton, NC  28359
Phone: 910-735-2220
Fax:  910-671-4353
Email:  doris.hunt@robeson.k12.nc.us
                                          Exceptional Children Staff Members
Preschool Director
Shining Stars Preschool

Mary Schultz

Phone:  910-671-4343

EC Compliance

Gloria Judd


Phone: 910-827-4363

                   Base: Lumberton Jr.

EC Compliance

Kimberly Branch


Phone: 910-374-6675

                  Base: West Lumberton

EC Compliance

Karen Jacobs


Phone: 910-374-6687

         Base: Pembroke Elementary

Transition Specialist

Phone: 910-374-6228


Transition Assistant

Linda Sealey


Phone: 910-608-6910

                   Base: Central Office




Angela McCormick


Phone: 910-737-5389

                   Base: Central Office


Mary Jacobs


Phone: 910-735-2214

                   Base: Central Office

EC & AG Secretary

Amanda Bullard


Phone: 910-735-2216

                   Base: Central Office

Behavioral Specialist

Terrance Curry


Phone: 910-735-2202

                   Base: Central Office

Behavioral Specialist

Devon Dial


Phone: 910-735-2358

                  Base: Central Office


Noelia Z. Caban



Phone: 910-735-2210
Base Central Office



Susan Stephens
Phone: 910-735-2192
Base: Central Office 


Lanette Locklear



                   Base: Central Office

Occupational Therapist

Sonia Jones


Phone: 910-735-2186

                   Base: Central Office

Occupational Therapist

Caroline Jolicoeur


Phone: 910-735-2194

                   Base: Central Office

Physical Therapist

BJ Sanders


Phone: 910-735-2212

                   Base: Central Office

Physical Therapist

Pamela Knutson


Phone: 910-735-2188

                   Base: Central Office


Dr. Michael Carpenter


Phone: 336-834-3112

                    Base: Central Office


Dr. Carrie Rowley


Phone: 336-834-3112

Base: Central Office




Assistant Superintendent for Exceptional Children
Tommy Lowry
Post Office Drawer 2909
Lumberton, NC 28359
Phone: 910-735-2331
Fax: 910-671-4353
Email:  thomas.lowry@robeson.k12.nc.us
The Public Schools of Robeson County (PSRC) provides special education and related services according to the federal mandates of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act and the regulations of the North Carolina Public School Law, Article 9.

The PSRC Exceptional Children's Department serves 4500 students with special needs, ages 3-21. The school system provides a continuum of services to meet individual student needs. Whenever possible students are served in schools in their base attendance area with support from special education and related services and/or building modifications.
Shining Stars Preschool offers services to preschool children ages 3-5.  Preschoolers and school age students are identified and provided with appropriate special education services in accordance with the tenets of IDEA.  Prior to receiving special education services from a special education teacher, students are evaluated at the request of the parent, legal guardian, or the child’s teacher to determine if a disability is evident as defined by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.


Students are evaluated by a licensed school psychologist with the approval of the parent or legal guardian. At the conclusion of all evaluations, results are shared with the parent, legal guardian and teachers at an eligibility meeting in the child’s school. If the evaluation confirms the child has a disability, an individual education program (IEP) is developed with parental input. The individual education program (IEP) specifies the supports and related services needed for the student to be successful during the school day. The individual education program is updated annually or at the request of the parent if needed.


The identified Exceptional Student in the  Public Schools of Robeson County receive special services based upon disabilities in these areas:

  • autism spectrum  disorder
  • deaf-blindness
  • deafness
  • developmental delayed
  • emotional disability
  • hearing impairment
  • intellectual disability
  • multi-disabilities
  • orthopedic impairments
  • other health impairment
  • specific learning disability
  • speech or language impairment
  • traumatic brain injury
  • visual impairment including blindness


What to do if you are new to Robeson County - Enroll your child in your district.  Bring your child's IEP from the former school to the new school. Give it to the Exceptional Children's Chairperson. We will then have a meeting and implement the IEP as closely as we possibly can.
What to do if the school in which your child would normally attend may not have the appropriate setting - It takes a few days to make changes.  The IEP team will convene a meeting to help to determine an appropriate setting.
What to do if you do not agree with the school choice - The school choice is determined  by the IEP team.  If you do not agree you will have to contact the Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Technology, Mr. Stephen Gaskin's office at 910-735-2231 for an out of district transfer.

The Public Schools of Robeson County, in accordance with federal/state legislation, provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, sex, color, creed, national origin, age or handicap.