George Graham, EC Director Retires
... After 38 years in education

Director of Exceptional Children’s Programs – George Graham, Retires from Dare County Schools 

George Graham has become synonymous with Dare County Schools Exceptional Children’s programs in the more than nine years he’s been with the district. From serving the student population by supporting teachers with the best professional development inside and outside of the district, serving the preschool population with child searches, participating in Special Olympics, organizing Dare County Schools participation in the Knights of Columbus fund drive, making sure that the district’s EC leadership is solid and feels valued, as well as all the EC teachers and assistants, working with students and parents – Graham has had a very full plate. 

Graham began his career as a special education teacher with Cumberland County Schools (Fayetteville, NC) in the 1975-1976 school year after attaining his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University - the same year that the federal law was enacted for students with disabilities. He went to work in Virginia with the Chesterfield County School System for two years. Then, he attended a bible college in Indiana for a year in 1981. He returned to Greenville, NC to earn his master's degree at East Carolina University.  He also taught part of the year for what was then the New Bern - Craven County Schools , and for the Greenville City Schools.

After completing his master’s, he returned to Indiana to finish the bible college program.  He worked for what was then the School City of Hammond for the next five years.

He then moved his family back to Fayetteville to be closer to his aging parents. He began working for Cumberland County Schools again in the 1989-1990 school year and worked there until coming to Dare County Schools.  

Graham has served as an educational diagnostician, a program specialist, a consultant, as well as the Director of Exceptional Children in two school systems.

In his over 38 years of experience in the field of special education, Graham has worked with local, state, and national level committees to promote continuous improvement of services for individuals with disabilities. He is the founder of the Dare To Do Your Best project. Graham and his wife, Jean, live in Colington Harbour.

​Graham says, "My time with the Dare County Schools has by far been the best experience of my entire career.  It has been a joy and a privilege to have been able to serve the students, parents, and staff of Dare County.  Even though I am leaving my position as the Director of Exceptional Children, I will still be in the community and serving in other capacities to continue to advocate and promote good things for our special needs population."

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Sue Burgess recognizes this. “We are so appreciative of George’s extraordinary commitment to our school system and the children of Dare County,” said Burgess. “His countless contributions will be remembered long after he leaves his position. He has been instrumental as a leader in our educational programs, and the daily impact he has made on our students during the time of his distinguished career is truly remarkable.”