COMPLIANCE SPECIALISTS- Who you contact for EC Records! 

        The Exceptional Children's Compliance team is comprised of three Compliance Specialists who  serve several schools each. They work with the EC Teachers, ensuring that all records comply with federal and state guidelines and laws. Additionally, these Compliance Specialists administer educational assessments to our students. Their school assignments are as follows:

                                      Sally Cannon (sally.cannon@yadkin.k12.nc.us) - Courtney, Forbush ES, West Yadkin, Yadkinville, and Yadkin Early College
                                                      Debby Gunnell (debby.gunnell@yadkin.k12.nc.us)- Boonville, Jonesville, Starmount HS, Starmount MS
Tonya Wall (tonya.wall@yadkin.k12.nc.us)- East Bend, Fall Creek, Forbush MS, Forbush HS, and Yadkin Success Academy

EC Dept. Staff at the Central Office

        Kristi Luffman Gaddis serves as Executive Director of Student Services which is comprised of the following: EC Director, MTSS Co-Chair, and 504 Coordinator. She also oversees the following staff and departments: School Nurses, Guidance Counselors, Social Workers, and School Psychologists.  She also serves as Drop Out Prevention Coordinator and administers the Foreign Exchange Program.

        Mrs. Gaddis received her undergraduate degree at NC State University and was a Child Welfare Scholar. She graduated Suma Cum Laude from UNC Charlotte in 2007 with a Masters Degree in Special Education. In 2008, she received her National Board certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist: Early childhood through young adulthood. In 2010, she graduated from ASU with her Masters in School Administration. She has worked in the Yadkin County School system since 2002.

        Mrs. Gaddis has been married since 2007 to her husband Taylor, who also works in our school system. They have a 6 year old son, Wyatt, and a daughter, Hadley, born in October of 2014.

     Rhonda Cleary is the Exceptional Children's Program Specialist and the district's Homeless Liaison.    Mrs. Cleary has worked for Yadkin County School system since 1998.  She has her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Greensboro College and her Master's degree in Reading from ASU.  

     Mrs. Cleary lives in the Courtney community with her husband, Chad, and her three children, Kacey (15), Matthew (10), and Luke (4).  


Taylor Vestal is the Exceptional Children's Program Specialist. Mrs. Vestal received her undergraduate degree at Catawba College and her Master's Degree in School Administration at Gardner Webb University. She has worked in the Yadkin County School system since 2012. 

Mrs. Vestal has been married since 2013 to her husband Joseph. They have a son, Jack born in May of 2018.