• 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 deaf-and-hard-of-hearing programs 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, and programming for visual impairments, orientation & mobility, 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 enjoys training and working in classrooms alongside staff, tackling challenges through team problem-solving. She is also committed to learning from schools and developing strategies to address poverty, academics, and engagement. In addition to the high schools, Baker oversees alternative programming including The Stables, the speech language pathologists, and employment trainers. Baker has been a teacher, special education facilitator, administrator, and guidance counselor. She previously worked in Jessamine County schools.

    Adam Liechty (assessment)

    Liechty, who directs the Child Find and evaluation processes, supervises the school psychologists and two resource specialists, and assists with programs involving multi-tiered systems of support, autism, and English learners. He has experience as a school psychologist and a district administrator. Prior to FCPS, he was the assistant director of special education for Campbell County schools. He currently serves as president of the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools.