Exceptional Children

Exceptional Children's Director

Monica Piro-Duffin

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Office - 910-814-9001 Ext. 1150

Fax - 910-814-9002

All about your EC Director:

I moved to North Carolina in July of 2019 from Watertown, NY. I have been married for 10 years but have known my husband since I was in grade school. He is a retired Chief Warrant Officer 3 and  served in the Army for 20 years. I have two children, my 20-year-old stepson Ethan and my 6-year-old son Derek. 

I have a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Master’s Degree In Special Education. I have a K-12 Special Education  teaching license as well as an Exceptional Children’s Director’s license.  The end of the 2022-23 school year marked my ninth year in education.  I have spent four years teaching middle/high school,  one-year teaching grades 5-6,and  four years in grades  K-5. My teaching experience has provided specially designed instruction, whether through a co-teaching model or individually.

This coming year, I hope to build on my experience to collaborate with my team members and leadership team to provide the best learning experience for my students.

Public Notice

Public Notice 05-02-23.pdf

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.

10.26.22 SLD Family Communication Reference.pdf

 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)

Monthly Parent Newsletters

08.02.23 Preparing for Beginning of the Year.pdf
08.02.23 Preparándonos para el Comienzo del Año.pdf

Title IX Coordinator SY 23-24 - Sherry Harrison


Email: TitleIXcoordinator@acacharter.com


 For the 2023-2024 School Year, staff at ACA participated in training from Safe Place to Learn from the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.