NOMMA Special Education

The Department of Special Education at New Orleans Military & Maritime Academy  is comprised of certified Special Educators, Related Service Providers, Evaluation Specialists and Support Personnel committed to provide the necessary, specialized instruction to identified cadets so that progress in the general education curriculum is achieved.

We are committed to providing the highest quality services and instruction to identified Cadets so they graduate NOMMA and are ready to meet their post-secondary goals.

NOMMA Special Education Handbook 

What is Special Education?

Special Education is a set of services that can occur in many environments, including the regular classrooms.  Special Education is NOT a place. Eligible Cadets are provided services in the "Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)", and the LRE is the regular education classroom.  

Cadets identified needing special education services are not automatically removed from their classes.  Just the opposite, NOMMA follows a very inclusive model for all Cadets. The Diploma Pathway they are currently working toward does not have to change.  Cadets can receive a Regular High School Diploma and earn TOPS, Jumpstart/TOPS, or Jumpstart Career Diploma via Alternative Methods (for those who qualify).

All decisions for the student are made by the IEP Team, which includes the parent/guardian, and nothing can change without Parental Consent.

Contact the Special Education Department with any questions

Your Special Education Team

2023-2024 School Year

Special Education Teachers

8th Grade: Ms. Robyn Cox 

9th Grade: Ms. Heather Crutchfield 

10th Grade: Mr. Quinton Jones 

11th Grade: Ms. Michelle Monroe-Willis 

12th Grade: Ms. Glenda Moss 

Special Programming and Related Services

Special Education Teacher A+SPIRE: Ms. Mary Hadley 

Special Education Teacher A+SPIRE: Ms. Maggie Collins 

Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Mrs. Ann Heurtin 

Paraeducator & ASL Interpreter: Mrs. Tammy Cooper 

Paraeducator: Ms. Alexia Moore 

Paraeducator: Mr. Brandon Daley

Paraeducator:  Ms. Crystal Winchester 

Speech Therapist: Mrs. Kathy Patterson 

Social Worker: Ms. NaShawn Butler

Social Worker: Mrs. Carrie Beal 

OT: Ms. Jacki Young 

PT: Ms. Kara Sims

Teacher of Vision Impairment: Ms. Sarah Kassim

Director of Special Education: Mrs. Heather Desrochers 

Special Education Department Chair: Ms. Heather Crutchfield 

NOMMA Program Description

Description of Special Education Services and Supports identified for the 2023-24 School Year.

NOMMA Program Description Template 2023-24.pdf


SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee) meets three times each year.  Members include Parents and Special Education Providers.  

The purpose of the NOMMA SEPAC is to is to provide direct input to school leaders about policies, programs, practices, and services that have an impact on students with disabilities and their families. Its purpose is to advise, advocate, and offer guidance, not to decide policy. It is the goal of the NOMMA SEPAC to increase the proactive, productive involvement of families by inviting their input in ways that can be used to shape NOMMA’s special education policy.

Schedule for the 2023-24 School Year

October 2023



2023 EOY Report 

For any questions or recommendations, please contact Mrs. Heather Desrochers at  

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