ROCKY MOUNT - Mike Meredith of Boones Mill has been named Director of Youth Services at STEP (Solutions That Empower People), Inc. Youth Services encompasses LIFES Academy, an alternative day school, and Project Discovery, a college access program.
Meredith’s background includes working in special education over the past 10 years for Franklin County High School. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching-Special Education from Liberty University, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Hampton University, and an Education Specialist Certificate (post-graduate) in K-12 Leadership from Oakland University. He has additional career development in Asperger/Autism, Individual Education Program (IEP) Writing, Inclusion Teaching, and Self-Determination.
LIFES Academy provides an engaging alternative setting for students with special needs and serves students with developmental delays, emotional and intellectual disabilities, as well as health, learning, speech and language challenges. LIFES Academy is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education and is an accredited member of the Virginia Association of Independent Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF). Students are referred to LIFES Academy through their LEA's special education department in cooperation with the locality's Family Assessment and Planning Team (FAPT) and Community Policy and Management Team (CPMT).
Project Discovery is a college access program offered in grades 9-12 through STEP. Project Discovery encourages students to stay in and graduate high school and provides resources and tools for students to successfully make the transition to education beyond high school.