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Special Education

The Tennessee Department of Education, Division of Special Education's purpose is to "promote educational services and programs for all Tennessee's students with special education needs that will enable them to lead productive and independent lives."

The division is committed to systematic planning along with plan implementation, tracking and accountability as a vehicle for providing the leadership necessary for fulfilling this purpose.

Central Office

Joey Hassell, Assistant Commissioner
Phone: (615) 741-2851
Fax: (615) 532-9412


Central Office Staff
Andrew Johnson Tower, 11th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
Phone: (888) 212-3162/(615) 741-2851

State Special Schools

Tennessee School For The Deaf (Knoxville)

Alan Mealka, Superintendent
2763 Island Home Blvd.
Knoxville , 37920

Phone (865) 579-2441
Fax (865) 579-2484

Tennessee School For The Blind (Nashville)

Martin Monson, Superintendent
115 Stewarts Ferry Pike
Nashville 37214

Phone (615) 231-7300
Fax (615) 871-9312


West Tennessee School For The Deaf (Jackson)

Alan Mealka, Superintendent
100 Berry Hill Drive
Jackson 38301

Phone (731) 423-5705
Fax (731) 423-6470