LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County will welcome a new director for its Exceptional Children’s Department on July 1.

Jamie Lowry will step into the role left vacant by the retirement of former EC Director Latonya Burney. Lowry has served in various capacities within PSRC during her 29-year career with the school district.

Lowry has served most recently as a speech/language pathologist at Pembroke Middle School. During her time with the school district she has also served in the roles of Exceptional Children’s Program Specialist, Exceptional Children’s Assistant Program Director, and Assistant Principal of the Shining Stars Preschool.

In representing the public school unit in this most valuable work, I will stand committed to serving as an advocate for students, specifically those with disabilities, at all levels by collaborating with key stakeholders to continue shaping the overall direction of the special education program here at home in our beloved district,” Lowry said.

Lowry also shared about her goals for the department.

“It is my personal goal to build positive, respectful, and welcoming relationships with our staff, students, families, and community partners and to ensure that our students have continued and ongoing access to high-quality services and support enabling them to set and reach high goals for learning,” she added.

Other goals of Lowry include building the instructional capacity of EC educators; developing and sustaining resilient partnerships and connections between home, school, and community; ensuring that learning gaps are minimized while student achievement is maximized, and more.

Lowry graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology in 1990, and a Master of Education degree in Speech/Language Pathology in 1992. She fulfilled the Master of School Administration Add-On Licensure requirements from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2015. Lowry also completed teacher licensure requirements for the Exceptional Children: Adapted Curriculum (K-12) from the University of Phoenix in 2020.         

Lowry’s work is driven by her faith in God and her devotion to advocating for individuals with special needs.

Even as a child, my parents opened up our home to serve as therapeutic parents to children who struggled with various needs. In my home, a solid foundation was laid as I was taught at a very early age to care and advocate for others,” Lowry said.

When Lowry isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family including her husband of 31 years, Brian, and the six children they share.