Meet Our Special Education Administrative Team
Trey Ferguson is the Supervisor of Special Education for Monroe County Schools. Before joining the district administrative team in 2013, Mr. Ferguson worked for McMinn County Schools as a School Psychologist (2003 – 2013) and as a School Counselor at Madisonville Middle School (1997-2003). He holds degrees from Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Tennessee Technological University. Mr. Ferguson oversees all facets of the special education department, including programs, services, personnel, and budget. Drawing on his years of experience in education, Mr. Ferguson provides support to principals, teachers, and parents all across Monroe County in regard to issues related to the education of students with disabilities.
Debbie McDaniel began her career in education as an Instructional Assistant at Madisonville Primary School in 1987. Over the course of her seventeen years at Madisonville Primary, Ms. McDaniel was promoted to school secretary where she continued to provide support to the school’s administrative staff, teachers, support staff, students, parents, and community members. In August 2004, Ms. McDaniel joined the district-wide Special Education team as Administrative Assistant to the Special Education Supervisor.
Debbie Reed, Program Coordinator/Vision Specialist
Debbie Reed serves as the Pre-K/Elementary Special Education Program Coordinator and Vision Specialist for Monroe County Schools. She has been involved in Special Education for 28 years in such positions as paraeducator, early interventionist, preschool teacher, special education teacher, case manager, vision specialist, and Special Education Program Coordinator. Ms. Reed has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of education. She enjoys going into both special education and regular education classrooms to help monitor and support teachers, paraeducators, and students with a variety of special needs. Ms. Reed is married, has four children, and five amazing grandchildren. She enjoys doing crafts, raising bluebirds, going to the movies, spending time with her daughter and granddaughter, and traveling. Ms. Reed feels blessed beyond measure and loves working in the Monroe County School System.
Phoebe Ryans serves as the Special Education Program Coordinator/Transition Specialist with Monroe County Schools. In this role, Ms. Ryans provides guidance and support to school personnel regarding the development and implementation of services for the special needs population in Middle and High Schools. Ms. Ryans is a licensed teacher and holds her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Secondary Education from Emory and Henry College (Virginia). Ms. Ryans also holds a Master of Education Degree, with a focus in Special Education, from East Tennessee State University. Ms. Ryans has 26 years of professional teaching experience. Prior to working with Monroe County Schools, Ms. Ryans spent 15 years with McMinn County Schools. She was a Special Education Consulting Teacher/Case Manager for McMinn County High School. Before working with McMinn County Schools, Ms. Ryans worked as a Special Education Teacher for grades K-8 (Rhea County) and 9-12 (Patrick Henry High School in Emory, Virginia). She has also served as a Juvenile Correctional Teacher for the State of Tennessee. Ms. Ryans began her teaching career working for the Department of Defense in a K-6 Elementary School located on Fort Gulick Army Base in Central America.
One of Ms. Ryans’ primary professional responsibilities for the past 19 years has been assisting students with the transition from school to work or into post-secondary education. Ms. Ryans’ varied background in Elementary and Secondary Instruction, State Juvenile Services, Work-Based Learning, and Post Secondary Services, now allows her the opportunity to help coordinate the provision of services for students with special needs in multiple schools. Ms. Ryans is passionate about providing every student with the most appropriate educational services while in school and working to ensure students are prepared for life after graduation. Ms. Ryans believes that every student can achieve success in school and with the appropriate skills training; they will become successful members of their community.
Zach Hitson began his career as a School Psychology Assistant with Monroe County Schools in 2014. In this role, Mr. Hitson manages all special education inventories and compiles data for special education students undergoing reevaluation. Prior to his role with Monroe County Schools, Mr. Hitson spent seven years as the nursing administration assistant at Sweetwater Hospital Association working in a diverse range of roles, including quality control inspections of medical testing equipment, performance improvement analysis, and record reviews in medical charting. In his role as psychology assistant, Mr. Hitson has been able to carry over valuable skill sets from his former occupation. Mr. Hitson assists the school psychologists in retrieving data and data entry.