Kathleen Ryals Staff Photo

I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Western Carolina University back in 1985. Since that time, I have also earned my National Board Certification and a Master's degree in Special Education.


This is my 30th year teaching special education. For the past 15 years I have taught here at McDonald Elementary.  This year my focus will be on Inclusion! Most of my day will be spent working with students and teachers in the general education classrooms.


I love teaching and have been doing it most of my life. I've been here at McDonald Elementary for the past 14 years. I work with students through inclusion in their homeroom classrooms as well as small group instruction in my classroom. I'm married, have two grown children, and two grandchildren. I enjoy being outdoors whenever possible.