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Special Education

Office Location: 640 Woodford Drive

Phone: (859) 497-8760

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Director of Special Education Arden Goodman         

Arden Goodman joins the Montgomery County team as the new Director of Special Education.  She has an extremely wide range of experience in the realm of special education.  She has served as a special education teacher, preschool special education teacher, diagnostician, and for the past 7 years has been an assistant director of special education.  She has also taught special education classes at the post-secondary level.  Mrs. Goodman is involved in advocacy for children with disabilities at the state level.  She currently serves as the conference treasurer for the KY Council for Exceptional Children and is also a Past-President of KYCEC.

She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education from the State University of NY at Plattsburgh, a master’s degree from Georgetown College, and Director of Special Education Certification from the University of Kentucky and Xavier.

She has two daughters, Nicole and Erika, and lives in Georgetown, KY with her husband, Paul.   Ms. Goodman stated, “I am looking forward to working with staff and families in Montgomery County.   My goal is to provide support and professional development which will ensure that students with disabilities have the high-quality, specially designed instruction and services that they require.” 

School Psychologist Julie Abney

Ms. Julie Phillips is currently serving her second year in Montgomery County Schools as a district psychologist. Ms. Phillips received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2009, her Master of Science in General Psychology in 2011, and her Specialist Degree in School Psychology in 2013 from Eastern Kentucky University. Ms. Phillips was born in Hamilton, Ohio, and grew up in Owsley County, Kentucky. Before beginning her internship in Montgomery County, Ms. Phillips also completed practicums in Madison County Schools and Estill County Schools.  

Ms. Phillips values a positive school environment for students and staff and tries to encourage improved school culture through high levels of positive communication and interactions. She has three years of experience in conducting psychoeducational and clinical evaluations. Ms. Phillips gained clinical experience serving as a clinician at the EKU Psychology Clinic in Richmond, KY, while completing her graduate work. Within her clinical work, she gained experience not only in conducting psychoeducational evaluations, but also in providing cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques for students with depression and anxiety, as well as food therapy strategies for students with Autism. Her overall goal is to contribute to the vision of Montgomery County Schools by improving student achievement, identifying students’ strengths and weakness, and providing services to improve students’ social and emotional wellbeing.

Ms. Phillips currently resides in Lexington, KY. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Every human being strives for significance, but people always make mistakes if they do not recognize that their significance lies in their contribution to the lives of others.”- Alfred Adler 

  School Psychologist

Savannah Benningfield

Mrs. Savannah Benningfield began her career as a School Psychologist in August of 2012. She began working with Montgomery County Schools during her intern year and remained there until June of 2014. She relocated to Lincoln County Public Schools for one year and returned to Montgomery County in July of 2015. Mrs. Benningfield obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown College in 2010 and her Specialist in Education in School Psychology from Western Kentucky University in 2013. She also received her Nationally Certified School Psychologist endorsement from the National School Psychology Certification Board in 2013. She has since presented research on Carol Dweck’s Implicit Theories at the American Psychological Association National Conference and plans to publish her research findings.

Mrs. Benningfield works closely with teachers and students to improve academic, behavioral, social, and emotional outcomes for students. She also relies on her training in psychology and education to inform interventions for students based on individual needs. Mrs. Benningfield collaborates with families and professionals in the community to help students who are struggling in school or experiencing family stressors. She values a collaborative effort to help students achieve in and out of school.

Mrs. Benningfield was born in Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany, and grew up in a small town in Hart County, Kentucky. She is the proud wife of her husband, Andrew, who is the Signal Shop Supervisor with R.J. Corman Railroad Group. She and her husband live in Lexington with their dog, Miko. In their spare time they enjoy hiking, visiting museums and historical sites, and traveling together.

“Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future." -John Fitzgerald Kennedy


             Occupational Therapist Megan Turner

Megan Turner has been an occupational therapist for 10 years with the past 5 school years spent as a school-based occupational therapist.  Megan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 2002 and worked as the Therapy Program Manager for Enduracare Therapy Management.  Megan began working for the Montgomery County School System on a contract basis is 2009 and joined the team as a district occupational therapist in 2012. 

Megan’s further training is a certification in deep physical agent modalities, certification in  Integrated Listening Systems,  Wilbarger Deep Pressure Technique training, Minds-In-Motion training, Sensory Processing Disorder training, Vestibular Training, and Visual Processing Training.  She has dedicated the last four years to building her continuing education goals to meet students’ needs and improve the body readiness of the children she services for success in the academic setting.  She enjoys the challenges of looking at children as a whole person and provides support in the physical, mental, and social aspects of their occupations of students to make them most successful.  Megan loves to work with parents, teachers, and administrators to create the best possible environment for that success to occur. 

Megan is the wife of William Turner a Resource Conservationist for the USDA-NRCS.  They have two beautiful children, Adelaide who is 8 and Rex who is 6.  Megan enjoys serving her Lord and her family, but enjoys reading, playing board games, traveling, and watching sports when there is a minute of down time.

                      Occupational Therapist                   Megan Floyd             

Mrs. Megan Floyd began her career as a School Occupational Therapist in March of 2013, when she joined Montgomery County Schools. She obtained her Bachelor of Occupational Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 2010, and her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2012. Before beginning her career in Montgomery County, Mrs. Floyd also completed internships at Irvine Health and Rehabilitation Center and Estill County Schools.

Mrs. Floyd works closely with students, teachers, and parents to improve individual student success within the classroom through the development and implementation of motor and sensory programming strategies to meet children’s individual needs. Mrs. Floyd’s further training includes certification in Therapeutic Listening, a research-based tool for people of all ages who have difficulty with processing sensory information, listening, attention, and communication.

Megan is the wife of Matt Floyd, a Collision Repair Technician and Autobody Painter. Together they have a one-year-old daughter, Tori Braelynn, and a three-year-old Brindle Pug named Whodee. During the summer and on the weekends, they enjoy traveling and going to car shows together. Megan also enjoys reading, sports, and cake decorating.

Occupational Therapist Lindsay Maples

Mrs. Lindsay Maples is a recent Occupational Therapist graduate and a former graduate of Montgomery County Schools. She attended Eastern Kentucky University where she earned her Bachelors in Occupational Science. She received her Masters from Shawnee State University. Lindsay is very excited to return to her home community and work with the students of Montgomery County.

 Lindsay works closely with students, teachers, and parents to improve individual student success within the classroom through the development and implementation of motor and sensory programming strategies to meet children's individual needs. She looks forward to obtaining further training and certifications that can benefit the students of Montgomery County.

Mrs. Maples is the wife of MC2 Accelerated Academy Mathematics teacher, and assistant football coach, Austin Maples. Lindsay and Austin reside in Montgomery County with their dog, Bear. Lindsay enjoys needle point, singing, shopping, and sports.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."?-Eleanor Roosevelt


Physical Therapist Kerry Covington

Mrs. Kerry Covington graduated from Montgomery County High School, attended Georgetown College, and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1992 with Bachelor of Health Science, Physical Therapy.  She then returned to Mount Sterling to begin her career and has worked in a variety of settings with an emphasis in pediatrics.  She has worked in the outpatient setting, home health, First Steps, and several school districts.  Ms. Covington has provided contract physical therapy services to the Montgomery County School District for the past 14 years.  She believes it is a great pleasure to have seen so many children achieve their goals and be able to follow them through their school careers and successes.   She has pursued continuing education to improve herself as a therapist and to assist the children she works with in achieving their goals.  She has taken courses in the areas of Motor Control, Motor Learning, Postural Control, Therapy in the Classroom, Kinesiotaping, Myofascial Release, Visual processing, and Astronaut Training for vestibular, auditory, and visual processing.   She lives in Mount Sterling with her husband, Brian.  They have four children; Rachel, Noah, Eden, and JT.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, quilting, gardening, and attending all of her children’s activities and sports.   

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