Southeast Staff


GLRS staff is specialized in providing professional learning, technical assistance and coaching for school systems on a variety of topics related to students with disabilities including:


  • Provide Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) support to school systems

  • Assist Focus Schools with CCRPI

  • Analyze data

  • Facilitate math and reading projects

  • Implement/support drop-out prevention initiatives

  • Support transition planning and services

  • Develop other specialties based on student needs related to the CCRPI and SPP/APR

Kathleen Tootle



Kathleen Tootle is currently the Program Director for Southeast GLRS. Mrs. Tootle holds a Bachelor, Master, and Educational Specialist Degree in Special Education. She has twenty-four and a half years of experience working in the field of special education both as a classroom teacher and in preparing students to become highly effective special education teachers through her work in higher education. Most recently, Mrs. Tootle has been a full-time instructor and has served as the Undergraduate Program Director for Special Education at Georgia Southern University.

O: (912)-842-5000 EXT. 109 

F: (912)-842-5161

Shelley Woodward

Special Education Program Specialist


Shelley Woodward is the special education program specialist for Southeast GLRS. Ms. Woodward holds a BA in Art, post-baccalaureate certification in Special Education, and a M.Ed. in Reading Education from Georgia Southern University. She has 13 years experience in education as a classroom teacher and instructor of special education. She founded EAGLE Academy, an inclusive post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, during her tenure as an instructor at Georgia Southern.

O: (912)-842-5000 EXT. 102 

F: (912)-842-5161

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Dustin Hightower

IT Consultant


Dustin Hightower is the IT Consultant at Coastal GLRS and Southeast GLRS. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Information Technology from Georgia Southern University.

O: (912)-842-5000 EXT. 102

M: (Request Here)

F: (912)-842-5161

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