Special Education – Coordinators and Behavior Specialist

Elementary School Special Education
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Melanie Brittain joined the Jackson County School System’s special education staff as the director of special education in 1990 after teaching early childhood special education. Ms. Brittain earned her associate’s degree from Young Harris College and completed her bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degrees from the University of Georgia.

She retired as JCSS’s special education director in 2013 and has continued working with the system as a part-time special education coordinator. She and her husband live in Athens, and they have two daughters who live in the Athens area.

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Patty Griffith grew up in Ohio and came to the University of Georgia in 1971. Her special needs brother was the impetus for her degree in special education. She detoured with a bachelor’s degree in archeology, and then a master’s degree in special ed from UGA.

She began teaching in Jackson County Elementary in 1979 and continued at UGA, obtaining a specialist degree in special ed leadership in 1984. She taught at Benton Elementary where she was selected as a system-wide Teacher of the Year. In 1999 she came to the central office as coordinator for special education where she is now a part-time coordinator.

She and her husband, Robbie, live in Jackson County, and their three daughters graduated from Jackson County High School.

Secondary School Special Education
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Becky Edge joined the special education staff as a coordinator in 2015. She is a lifelong resident of Jackson County; she attended and graduated from Jackson County Elementary School and Jackson County High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from the University of Georgia. She also holds master’s, specialist and leadership degrees.

Her teaching career began in Jackson County where she has taught in all areas of special education, with the majority of her time in adaptive curriculum. She served as special education department chair at Jackson County Comprehensive High School for eight years prior to joining the central office staff. 

She and her husband live in Braselton, and both her son and daughter graduated from Jackson County.

Behavior Specialist
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Emelyn Kendall was named Behavior Specialist for Jackson County School System in 2017. She began her career with JCSS in 1995 as a special education teacher, serving at Benton, South Jackson, and Jackson County elementary schools and West Jackson Intermediate School. From 2014-2017, she was department chair and special education teacher at Maysville Elementary School and assistive technology coordinator for JCSS. She was WJIS teacher of the year in 2006-07 and MES teacher of the year in 2016-17.

She received her B.S. and M.Ed. in special education from North Georgia College and State University, and her Ed.S. in educational leadership from Walden University. She completed the Rising Stars Leadership Collaborative and Leadership certification through NEGA RESA in 2016. She is currently pursuing board certification in behavior analysis at Clemson University.

She is married to Charles Kendall; has three children, all of whom attended JCSS schools; and three grandchildren.