Please contact the VHCS Department of Exceptional Education for assistance:
Dr. Sandy Ritchey is the Director of Exceptional Education in the Vestavia Hills City School system. She has been an educator for 22 years and has held positions as a 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade teacher, literacy coach, interventionist, assistant principal and principal. Sandy has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Elementary education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also has an administrative certificate and Education Specialist degree in Leadership from UAB. Most recently, she earned a doctorate degree defending a new grounded theory in the area of leadership. Sandy has led professional development at conferences and in school districts across Alabama. She specializes in the areas of literacy, assessments, curriculum, standards, response to instruction/intervention, and leadership. She also has considerable experience working with English Learners,Title I, and gifted students. She passionately believes in empowering teachers to become leaders and learners in education.
Lisa Cunningham is an Exceptional Education Program Specialist in the Vestavia Hills City School system. She has been an educator for 24 years and has held positions in the Vestavia Hills School system as an exceptional education teacher, literacy coach, and interventionist. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood education from Auburn University and a Master’s degree in Special Education (Collaborative Teacher) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also has an administrative certificate and Education Specialists degree in Leadership from Samford. She is passionate about ensuring that every student feels safe, loved, and respected so they can achieve their full potential.
Ms. Megan Hoskin is a Program Specialist in Vestavia Hills City Schools. Her responsibilities include oversight of the Gifted Program, English Learners Program, as well as, supporting interventions at the secondary level. Megan has been an exceptional education teacher for 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree, with a specialization in collaborative learning K-12th from the University of Alabama. She also has a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her history and experiences include graduating from Vestavia City Schools, teaching in Hawaii, Shelby County and Vestavia Hills. Megan has assumed multiple roles such as lead teacher, mentor of new teachers, and facilitating multiple professional leadership groups. As a Program Specialist, Megan has the skills and passion to support, equip and enable exceptional education teachers to become the highest quality professionals possible as they instruct the students in Vestavia Hills City Schools.Mrs. Jennifer Mueller is the District School Psychometrist and Elementary/ Preschool Program Specialist in the Vestavia Hills City School system. She has been an educator for 19 years and has held positions as a Montessori teacher, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade teacher, interventionist, and literacy coach. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Early Elementary education, and a School Psychometry Masters from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She also has an administrative certificate from Auburn University. She is currently enrolled in the Education Specialist program at Auburn University. Jennifer has led literacy based professional development at conferences and in school districts across Alabama. She specializes in the areas of literacy, assessments, curriculum implementation, standards, and teacher support. Jennifer sees the strengths and potential for growth in all students and adults. It is her passion to work in partnership with all learners.
Mrs. Casey Scroggins is a School Psychologist in the Vestavia Hills City School system. She received an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology from the University of Alabama in 2002. Casey has worked with therapeutic foster homes and in school systems in Alabama since 2002. In 2021, she earned a second Masters of Education degree in School Counseling and is currently an Associate Licensed Counselor working toward her Licensed Professional Counseling certification. Casey has led professional development for administrators, teachers and staff at school systems and professional conferences in Alabama. Casey values the team approach to serving students within the school system and works to provide comprehensive evaluations to ensure that teams have the data they need to provide the most appropriate services to all students.
Ms. Kelly Autry is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) for Vestavia Hills City Schools. She has been a BCBA for 13 years. She graduated from Auburn University with her undergraduate degree in Psychology in 2008 and her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2010. Kelly has worked in a variety of settings including residential, home, clinic, and schools with children and adolescents with autism and other disabilities as well as neurotypical children. She has experience in the areas of skill acquisition, behavior reduction, crisis management, response to intervention, and teacher and parent training. Kelly enjoys building relationships between students, staff, and families to promote a collaborative team in which all parties learn and thrive.
Mrs. Hayden Stricklin is a District Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in the Vestavia Hills City School system. She has been a BCBA for 6 years and has provided services across home, residential, clinical, and school settings. Hayden has a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Counseling from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master’s degree in Psychology, emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of Southern Mississippi. She specializes in working with school-aged children with autism and other exceptionalities and most recently has expanded work into RTI/ MTSS and trauma-informed practices to support students of all abilities. Hayden has led several caregiver and staff trainings on behavior support and interventions as well as the basic principles of ABA. She values working on interdisciplinary teams to ensure best practices are provided to staff, students, and their families and believes in the power of collaboration.