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Executive Director of Special Education
Executive Director of Special Education
Gracie Garcia
361-664-0981 Ext 1025
Mrs. Gracie Garcia has 22 years of experience in Texas Public Education. She began her career in education as a High School Special Education teacher. It was during this time, that she discovered her passion for working with children with special needs. During her 22 years in education, Gracie has enhanced the life of students in different capacities including: High School Reading teacher, TAAS preparation teacher, ARD Facilitator, Educational Diagnostician, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Gracie is a proud native of Alice, Texas and a graduate of Alice High School and a dedicated Alice Coyote fan.
Gracie began her journey in education by receiving a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas A&M University- Kingsville. She continued her education and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Special Education and a Principal Certification from Texas A&M University –Kingsville.
Mrs. Garcia has been happily married to her husband, Manuel, for 33 years. They have two beautiful children and a precious grandson. Gracie especially enjoys spending time with the family and with friends, running, boating, attending sports events, and concerts. She is honored to serve her community as the Executive Director of Special Education and 504 Services for Alice ISD.

Staff Members
  • Special Olympics
  • Jim Wells County Fair 2018
Referral for Initial Evaluation
Referral for Initial Evaluation
A school has an affirmative duty to make a referral for an initial evaluation for special education services any time it suspects that a child has a disability and a need for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). You may also initiate a referral for an initial evaluation of your child at any time.

If you make a written request to a local educational agency’s director of special education services or to a district administrative employee for an initial evaluation for special education services, the school must, no later than the 15th school day after the date the school receives the request, give you either: 1) prior written notice of its proposal to conduct an evaluation, a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards, and the opportunity to give written consent for the evaluation; or 2) prior written notice of its refusal to evaluate your child and a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards.

Please note that a request for a special education evaluation may be made verbally and does not need to be in writing. Districts and charter schools must still comply with all federal notice requirements and requirements for identifying, locating, and evaluating children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education. However, a verbal request does not require the district or charter school to respond within the 15-school-day timeline.
Serving Children With Special Needs
The goal of the Special Education Department of Alice ISD is to provide students with disabilities valuable educational experiences that prepare them for the future. Each student with a disability has the opportunity to participate in appropriate educational settings designed to meet his/her individual needs. Services are provided in the least restrictive environment that allows access to the general education curriculum and instruction with non-disabled peers to the extent that is appropriate for the student.
The mission of the special education department is to:
• facilitate positive educational experiences for students
• provide students access to a wide array of educational options and programs in order for them to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for successful life transitions
• Educate students in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent possible