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Exceptional Children

Kim Whitt
Exceptional Children Director



Kim is a native of Floyd County and graduated from Allen Central High School in 1988.  Following high school, she attended Morehead State University and obtained a B.A. in education in 1992.  Kim also received a Master's Degree in School Administration and her Rank 1 from Union College.

Kim student taught at Owingsville Elementary in 1992. She taught 7 years at Rowan County Senior High School and the remainder of Kim's years have been in Bath County.

Kim lives in Owingsville, Ky with her husband John, three children (South, Natalie, and Caroline) and their dogs. Kim enjoys spending time with her family and reading in her free time.

Kim Whitt
Director of Exceptional Children 
606.674.6314 EXT. 6636

Lisa graduated from Bath County High School and attended Morehead State University. Lisa started her career at Kentucky Central Insurance in Lexington, Ky. However, she felt her talents could be better served working with Bath County students and parents. Lisa provided organizational support for the High School Youth Service Center for 17 years. Lisa then took on the challenge of becoming the Special Education and Preschool Program Assistant for the past 6 years.
Lisa enjoys supporting BCHS sports, Relay for Life, and spending time with her family. Lisa lives at Salt Lick with her husband, Jessie, and son Ty.

Lisa Stewart
Exceptional Children Program Assistant
606.674.6314 EXT. 6638

Exceptional Children Services
Welcome to the Exceptional Children Services Home Page of Bath County Schools. The Mission of Bath County Schools is to give every student, every day, the promise of possibility. Our vision is for all Bath County students graduate with the knowledge and skill required to achieve their full potential and to contribute to our society. The district's mission is the same for ALL students, including students with exceptional needs. Methods of instruction, equipment, materials, pace and service providers may vary depending on individual needs, but our mission remains the same.
Child Find

Child Find is a systematic effort to locate, identify and evaluate children with potential disabilities. Child Find applies to children ages 3 to 21 living in Bath County and children who attend private schools located within Bath County. Child Find activities include intervention, referral, evaluation and eligibility determination. The School Principal and Guidance Counselor are the Child Find contact persons for a student enrolled in the Bath County public schools. Kim Whitt, Director of Exceptional Children Services, is the Child Find contact person for students who are not enrolled in the Bath County Schools.

District Staff


Jenna Ratliff-Ginter

District Vision Impaired Teacher



Ms. Jenna Ratliff-Ginter is a graduate of Menifee County and received her undergraduate degree at Morehead State University with a BA in Elementary Education in 2009. While teaching in the regular education classroom, she was given the opportunity to have a student with a visual impairment. After this experience, she found that her true calling was to become a teacher for the blind and visually impaired. She graduated from West Virginia University with her Masters in Special Education-Low Vision/Blindness. She has been working in the Bath County School district as the TBVI since 2012. She loves working with her students and seeing them progress and grow. Jenna has one son, Ryder Lee, and they live on a horse farm in Montgomery County. She coaches a 4-H mounted drill team out of Bath County as well. She takes her team to various events including Equine Affair, Breyerfest, and numerous competitions. In her spare time, she likes to travel to warm beaches and barrel race.



Leann Klein

Contract Physical Therapist 
Leann Klein is a graduate of Corbin Independent Schools and received her Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree in Biology from Morehead State University in 2004. After spending 2 years in AmeriCorps programs in Nevada and Colorado, she returned to Kentucky to complete her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky. She began working with the pediatric population upon completion of her degree through the First Steps Program, pediatric outpatient clinics, and throughout several Kentucky school districts. She is excited to get the opportunity to work with the students in Bath County Schools to help ensure all students are able to reach their mobility goals. She currently lives in Versailles, KY with her husband, Doug. They enjoy exploring national parks, hiking, kayaking, and traveling.
Marie Maness
Contract Occupational Therapist


Mrs. Marie Maness is a graduate from Scott County High School and received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Kentucky in 2008. After traveling to Honduras and Mexico on extended mission trips, she then pursued her dream of becoming an occupational therapist. Mrs. Maness graduated with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Eastern Kentucky University in 2013. She is a contract therapist with experience in the school, hospital, skilled nursing facility and outpatient settings. Mrs. Maness has a love for serving children and helping to increase their participation and success within the classroom and throughout life. She lives in Georgetown, KY with her husband, Tommy, with whom she likes to travel during her free time.


Mike Williams

Contract O and M Specialist




I have been a Special Olympics coach for 11(+) years and during that time I’ve had the opportunity to coach and hang-out with a lot of amazing Special Olympics athletes/ Special people with special needs of all ages and so-called disabilities – to include individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Early on (with Special Olympics) I realized that I wanted to work with these amazing individuals on a full-time basis so I enrolled in Graduate School at the University of Louisville where I earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education with Certification in Orientation and Mobility in 2008. Since that time, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with students who are blind or visually impaired (many of whom are also faced with physical and/or intellectual challenges) and have loved spending time with each and every one of them, their family members, and the teachers and staff at their respective schools. I am truly blessed!


Ashley Johnson

District Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing



Ashley Johnson is a native Kentuckian. She is a hard of hearing individual herself.  Her personal experience in the education system led to her desire to be a teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She attended Eastern Kentucky University, and in December 2013, graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Education of the Deaf P-12 along with a minor in American Sign Language. She hopes to use her lifelong experience to improve the life of all her students.

Her hobbies include a great love of reading, outdoor activities, watching documentaries, studying the different sign languages in the world and animals of all shape and sizes. One of her passions is advocating for captioning in theatres. One of her favorite thing to do is relax with a book on a rainy day with her pets, her cat Kali on her lap and her dog Kitty-Kat by her feet.