Department of Exceptional Students

AU self- contained 3rd-5th grade

Diana Lewis:

This will be Mrs. Lewis’s first year teaching at Lee Street Elementary School. Mrs. Lewis transferred from Ash Street Center-located at Forest Park- where she taught elementary, middle and high school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in self-contained classrooms. Mrs. Lewis has been working with autistic students in the school setting for about 10 years.

 Mrs. Lewis believes in a therapeutic classroom setting that supports student’s unique needs by providing a sensory diet, visual and auditory support, and a classroom management system that supports each student’s individual need.

Each student’s academic progress is fostered by the use of repetition, breaks, hands-on activities, visuals and auditory support, life skills, and the use of Unique Learning System-your child’s classroom curriculum. Unique Learning is designed specifically for children with special learning needs and has at its foundation academic content standards (reading, writing, math, science and social studies). There is a strong emphasis on life skills that are embedded in each lesson.

Mrs. Lewis’s main aim is to provide each student with the opportunity to participate, learn and succeed in the classroom.


Andrea Spooney:

My name is Andrea Spooney.  I am the mother of two kids.  I am a native of Brooklyn, NY.  I have been working in education 2004. Presently, I am working with the DES Dept. at Lee St. in the 3rd through 5th  grade Autism room.  I have worked with them for the past 3 years.  I enjoy working with them.  I love imparting something positive into their lives on a daily basis.

Danica Hawkins:

Hello, my name is Ms. Hawkins. I am a new parapro. to Lee Street Elementary. I have a background in psychology and graduated from Georgia State University. I really enjoy working with elementary school students, especially with students with autism. Each and every one of the students brings me joy.



Collaborative setting/resource

Paul Moss:

Hello, my name is Paul Edward Moss. I serve as the Department of Exceptional Students Department Chair.

                This year I am working with students in grades Kindergarten thru Second grade. I teach both math and reading in a collaborative setting and in resource/small groups.

                When I am not busy teaching and doing Department Chair responsibilities, I enjoy reading, going to yard sales, and re-purposing furniture.

                I look forward to working with our child this school year. If you need to reach me, please feel free to email me at or by phone at 770-473-2815.


Mrs. Jermain

Hello, my name is Mrs. Jermain. This is my first year working at Lee Street. I am a paraprofessional and I support Mr. Moss in the classroom. I work with students in grades Kindergarten thru Second grade. I work with students both in a collaborative- and resource/small group setting.


Visual Impaired

Karla Deming:

Karla Deming has been teaching for 36 years.  She works hard to help the visually impaired become as independent as possible.  She loves braille production.  She first taught braille in the Amazon jungle to a boy of 9 who had been blind from birth.  He learned to read braille in the San Martin Quechua language.  Two of her former students are in college this year and doing well.   “No limits”


Brea Alexandria Germain

Hello, my name is Brea Alexandrea Germain and I am originally from New Jersey. I graduated from Clark Atlanta University and I am currently working on my Master’s in Children and Family Social Work. I formally worked as a Pre-K teacher at Goddard Schools and as a paraprofessional for Atlanta Public Schools. I enjoy working at Lee Street and looking forward to a great year.




Autism self-contained K-2nd grade

Elissa Christian

-“Knowledge of what is possible, is the beginning of happiness.” George Santayana

I am Ms. Elissa Christian, and I teach the AU K-2 class with the assistance of my experienced paras (Mrs. Hymon and Mrs. Lyles).  I have been at Lee Street Elementary since 2015.  Not only am I a highly qualified Special Education teacher, and have had many years of experience with special needs children and adults, I am also the parent of a special needs teenager.  It is a joy and privilege to motivate and teach each one of my students, as well as be a resource and motivator of the parents as well.  

Wanda Lyles:

My name is Wanda Lyles. I am a Paraprofessional. I have worked with Autistic children in Special Education for 11 years at Lee Street Elementary School.  I really enjoy teaching and working with the children.


Linda Hymon:

My name is Linda Hymon.

I am a Paraprofessional, I have 9 years of experience working in Special Education.

I have experience in SEBD, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), MOID and Dawn Syndrome. This is my 4 year that I have worked at Lee Street Elementary in the DES Department with Autism students. I am presently working with grades K-2




Mrs. Nwokoro:


My name is Mrs. Nwokoro. I am a teacher here at Lee Street Elementary. This is my second year teaching DES/EBD classroom where every student is provided an opportunity to learn. I look forward to working with your child this school year. I value parents’ involvement because I view them as partners in education.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family talking about interesting issues. I like reading researched articles on teaching and cooking with my daughters.

I can be reached at 770-473-2815 or by email at

In our Class

In Social Studies our Kindergarteners have been busily learning about their holidays.  Our students are learning how to identify the purpose of national holidays and describe the people or events celebrated.  We have learned about Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his important contributions to American history.  We are currently learning about our President Barack Obama and how he made history in America.  We are excited to talk about all the changes America has undergone and continues to do!!!!


Hello Parents! Your child has been on a continuous journey of learning In Math. We have already covered many skills, such as identifying numbers and counting to tell how many, counting to 100 by ones, tens, and fives, comparing numbers to tell which is more or less, identifying plane shapes and 3D shapes, sorting or classifying.


We are currently working on comparing objects to tell the length, height, weight, and capacity. Please reinforce these skills at home by helping your child to describe items as taller, shorter, longer, heavier or lighter.

Science: Body Coverings


Mrs. Lyric Evans
Hello my name is Lyrice Evans

I am a DES paraprofessional currently teaching K-2 EBD students in a self- contained Modification Unit. I am originally from Atlanta and I grew up in the Grant Park community!! I attended Fort Valley State and University of Phoenix. I am currently in school working on my Psychology degree. My teaching career started in 1994 in the Fulton County School system. During this time I served in several positions. My last year in the county 2004, I enter the Special Education department. I taught a SNPK collaborative class. I am also Sign language fluent.

My career then started with CCPS at South Metro/Ash Street. There I taught high school students with Severe Emotional Behaviors Disorders 9th-12th. After about 4 years, I was asked to help with a new program within a program…. Respite. This was a 45 days program of implementing appropriate behavior strategies. The program was for elementary and middle school students that was identified as struggling to maintain in their general setting via their behavior. I was a part of the Intervention Team. And I REALLY enjoyed it!!
I have been married for 26 years! I am a mother of 3 OUTSTANDING kids! I have 2 boys and a girl. They keep me busy. I enjoy swimming, walking and reading. If you know anything about Mrs. Evans, then you know that I LOVE working with this population of children. Love and structure is the key!!

It’s ALL about following directions”

Lyrice Evans  

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