Grapevine Middle School Special Services Department 

Department Leader: Shannon Elkins

Diagnostician: Amanda (Kara) Acevedo

School Psychologist: Dr. Teresa Holzapfel

Speech Pathologist: Suzanne Rash 

Literacy Intervention Specialists:  Amy Keith, Jennifer Coffey


Core Classes



RISE: Emily Brown 


Nancy Arvidson 
Leslie Kinunen 
Rodney Williams 

Amy Ritenour

Chrysanne Miller





Rachel Dlugos

Christine Finlay

Marlene Little
Diane Raymer 
Lynn Rigler
Nikki Vertachnick



GCISD 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.