Special Ed Administrative Team

  • Director

    Amanda Dennis

    Before joining Fayette County Public Schools, Dennis was director of Special Education in Montgomery County schools, where she previously served as a district-level consultant and assistant director of Special Education. Dennis also taught special education in resource and co-teaching settings at the high school and middle school levels in Montgomery and Rowan counties. She earned her B.A. in Education, Master of Arts in Education, Rank I in Special Education, and Director of Special Education certification from Morehead State University.

    Associate directors

    Michelle Cannoy (elementary)

    Cannoy directs special education services in half of the elementary schools, along with supervising all speech-language services. She is passionate about being a servant leader, collaborating with families and colleagues to solve problems related to student learning, behavior, and strategies.  Her duties also include directing nursing services for students with disabilities, Medicaid billing, preschool special education, and Infinite Campus.  Previously, Cannoy was an achievement and compliance coach, an assistant director of Special Education in Montgomery County, and a special education teacher. 

    Christina Grace (elementary)

    Grace serves half the district's elementaries and directs the highly structured programming. She also oversees programming for visual impairments and orientation and mobility districtwide. She has been a special and general education teacher, Special Education consultant, RTI and curriculum specialist, adjunct university instructor, and a director of Special Education and preschool. She earned her educational degrees from Morehead State University.

    Becky Dahlstrom (middle schools)

    In addition to middle schools, Dahlstrom oversees occupational therapists, physical therapists, deaf-and-hard-of-hearing programs, and PASS. Previously, she has served as a teacher, district-level secondary consultant, achievement and compliance coach, and secondary resource specialist.

    Rachel Baker (high schools)

    Baker began her career as a special education and general education teacher in Jessamine County Schools, where she also served as the ESS coordinator, high school guidance counselor, 504 coordinator, and an SBDM member. She joined FCPS as a special education facilitator at Lafayette High School and later moved to this district position, serving seven elementary school and all high schools, agencies, and programs. She has supervised speech language pathologists, employment trainers, and occupational and physical therapists. Baker enjoys training and working in classrooms alongside staff, tackling challenges through team problem-solving, and building innovative approaches to working with students with disabilities. She is also committed to learning from schools and developing strategies to address poverty, academics, and student engagement. Baker currently serves as principal for The Stables alternative program and oversees the Parent Resource Center, post-secondary programming, and employment trainers. She earned a B.A. in Special Education and English and a master's in Community and School Counseling at Eastern Kentucky University. She completed her Level 2 certification in Instructional Leadership at the University of Kentucky and director of Special Education at the University of Louisville. Baker recently completed her Instructional Leadership for School Superintendent and Ed.D. at the University of Louisville. 

    Adam Liechty (assessment)

    Liechty oversees Child Find and the student evaluations, the school psychologists, board certified behavior analysts, registered behavior technicians and two resource specialists. He also helps with programs that support children with autism, students with behavior difficulties, and those learning English. Prior to FCPS, he was the assistant director of special education for Campbell County schools. He is also a past president of the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools.