Grapevine Middle School Special Services Department

Department Leader: Amy Ritenour

Diagnostician: Amanda (Kara) Acevedo

School Psychologist: Dr. Jennifer Depetro

Speech Pathologist: Jill Fanelli 

Literacy Intervention Specialists:  Amy Keith, Jennifer Coffey


Core Classes



Emily Brown

Resource/Inclusion Teachers

Nikki Light
Leslie Kinunen 
Rodney Williams 
Shannon Elkins
Melissa Castellanos
Amy Ritenour

Barry Foster



Instructional Aides:

Christine Finlay
Diane Raymer

Nikki Verchatnik
​Tad Hewett



Grapevine Colleyville Mission Statement

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is committed to providing quality services to students with disabilities.  This commitment is based upon the belief that special education is a service and not a place. Each student identified with a disability and a demonstrated educational need for special education services is provided access to the general curriculum and opportunities to progress in the general curriculum.               


Several Special Education teachers teach Resource classes in Reading, Writing, and Math to instruct students at their academic level.  These classes allow students to work in a small group setting on specific skills.

GMS also provides services for students who need to learn life skills.  Many of these students participate and are quite successful in the Special Olympics program.