Monica Piro-Duffin

Office - 910-814-9001 Ext. 1150

Fax - 910-814-9002

All about your EC Teacher

 I moved to North Carolina in July of 2019 from Watertown, NY. I have been married for almost 7 years but have known my husband since I was in grade school. He is currently a Chief Warrant Officer 3 and has served in the Army for 18 years. I have two children, my 16-year-old stepson Ethan and my 3-year-old son Derek. 


I have a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Master’s Degree In Special Education. The end of the 2019-2020 school marked my sixth year of teaching and first year in elementary. I have spent four years teaching middle and high school and one-year teaching grades 5-6, one year K-5. My teaching experience has provided specially designed instruction, whether through a co-teaching model or individually.


This coming year, I hope to utilize more digital platforms to better meet the needs of students during this challenging time, while maintaining the traditional face-to-face learning style as much as possible. No better time like the present to incorporate multiple modes of learning.


For Further information regarding Child Find or if you suspect your student may have a disability and need special education and/or related services, please contact: Monica Piro-Duffin- (910)-814-9001

This handbook is designed to support families with the understanding of the rights and responsibilities specific to the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources can be found in the appendices.
If, at any time, you suspect your student may have a disability and is in need of special education and/or related services, you may request an evaluation, in writing, to your student's school principal, teacher, or [local EC Department].

The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized program in the least restrictive environment.

 Dispute Resolution

From time to time, disagreements between families and schools may occur regarding the development and implementation of a student's individualized education program (IEP). It is highly recommended that the following steps be considered in order to resolve differences quickly.

1. Address at the classroom level: Speak first to your child's teacher about your concerns.

2. Address at the school level: Next, talk to the principal at your child's school about your concerns.

3. Address at the LEA level: If you still have concerns, contact the EC director of your school/district (Mrs. Piro-Duffin)

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