Special Education - Speech & Language

Special Education

Speech & Language


Helen Upshaw
Speech Language Supervisor


For 12 years, Helen served CCSD as the Coordinator for Assistive Technology in the Special Education Department.  In September 2019,  Helen  returned to the Speech-Language Department as the Speech-Language Coordinator, with an emphasis on supporting staff, students, and families in Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC). On July 1, 2021, Helen accepted the position of Supervisor for the Speech-Language Department.   Helen is an ASHA certified, licensed speech-language pathologist.  She is committed to collaborating with leaders, teachers, staff, parents, and students to support student success.  She is passionate and contagious with her belief that ALL students can be independent, lifelong learners when provided with the right tools and strategies.  During her 33 years serving in the CCSD, she has facilitated professional learning sessions at the local and state level on the topics of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology in the classroom.

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Beth Williams
Speech Language Coordinator

Beth Williams

Beth Williams has worked as a speech-language pathologist in Cobb County for 19 years, serving as the Speech and Language Program Coordinator since July 2021. She earned her B.S. and M.Ed. in Communication Disorders at Valdosta State University (2002) and her Ed.S. in Special Education Leadership at the University of West Georgia (2010). During her time as a school-based SLP, she worked at the elementary and high school levels. Prior to becoming the Program Coordinator, she served in the role of Speech-Language Program Specialist, supporting SLPs in the Pope, Walton, & Wheeler feeder patterns for seven years. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with family & friends, going for walks, and listening to music. She lives in east Cobb with her husband and their 12-year-old twins.

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