Grapevine Middle School Special Services Department

Department Leader: Amy Ritenour

Diagnostician: Amanda (Kara) Acevedo

School Psychologist: Steffanie Gilbreath, LSSP

Speech Pathologist: Tamara Maraqa 

Literacy Intervention Specialists:  Amy Keith, Jennifer Coffey

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.


Core Classes
RISE: Lezlie Kinunen
RISE Aides
Stacey Akerman
Evan O'Brien
Diane Raymer
Ida Spann
Resource/Inclusion Teachers:
Shannon Elkins
Nikki Light
Melissa  Murguia
Amy Ritenour
Rodney Williams
Barry Foster
Charles Stephens
Instructional Aides: 
Nikki Vertachink
Haley Mapston






GMS, Dyslexia Instruction
GMS, Special Education Teacher
Eighth Grade Inclusion and Math Resource
Literacy Interventionist - District Wide
GMS Inclusion/Math Co-Teacher, Chess Club
GMS, Special Education Paraprofessional
GMS, ELA/Inclusion Teacher
GMS, ABLE Teacher, Soccer Coach
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GMS 6th Grade Special Education Case Manager and Resource Teacher
GMS, 8th Grade Special Education
ABLE Instructional Assistant
GMS Special Education RISE teacher assistant
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GMS, RISE Teacher