Meet the Department: Academic Intervention

March 26, 2019


The Tyler ISD Academic Intervention Department is passionate about making a difference for every child they serve. Their services and support spans across general and special education from birth through 21 years old and include 504 accommodations, dyslexia, homebound, deaf and hard of hearing, profound disabilities, behavioral intervention, speech therapy, college and career readiness and more.


Led by Executive Director Dr. Leslie Brinkman George, the Academic Intervention team of 14 educators and specialists utilize more than 177 years of experience to provide continuous and equitable educational opportunities for students and their families. The department uses a four tiered system which begins with exceptional core instruction and positive behavior support at Tier 1 and delivers the most intense intervention provided by special education at Tier 4. Additionally, they work interactively with community partners and organizations to develop relationships and opportunities for creating successful outcomes for Tyler ISD students.


“We are honored to serve students, parents, teachers, and administrators to remove barriers that may get in the way of education,” Dr. George said. “Our team is passionate about making a difference and work closely with our general education counterparts to provide as much equitable access for students as possible. Our excellent teachers and paraprofessionals go above and beyond in all they do.”


Fun Facts:

  •          Tyler ISD Deaf and Hard of Hearing specialists travel an estimated 4,000 miles per month to provide services to students across seven counties;

  •          Families move from all over the country for their students to attend the Wayne D. Boshears Center for Exceptional Programs;

  •          Academic Intervention has the most compliance (regulations) indicators of any other district department;

  •          Local funds provide for ChildFind services to begin reaching out to families as early as birth in order to provide them with the services and resources they need for their child;

  •          Career placement programs, such as the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Project SEARCH program, prepare graduates for the workforce through internship and employment opportunities!










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Tyler ISD Communications

Jennifer Hines

Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations

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Public Relations Coordinator

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