MILLEDGEVILLE — Annie Mosley began her career at GNETS of Oconee in Milledgeville as an intern and nearly 35 years later ready for retirement, she has continued to dedicate her work day helping youth with special educational needs graduate from high school and succeed in life afterward.
“What I enjoyed the most is being able to serve the parents and children. I build a relationship between the home and school and make parents feel comfortable,” said Mosley, who has served as the GNETS family service coordinator since 1992. “I do an assessment on the student and determine whether they are eligible for the GNETS program. I know this program makes a difference.”
GNETS provides comprehensive educational and therapeutic support services to students who might otherwise require residential or other more restrictive placements due to the severity of one or more of the characteristics of the disability category of emotional and behavioral disorders.
“The requirement to be a student at GNETS is the student has to have some emotionality and already be in a special education program at school. If they are having difficulty and behavior issues to the point that it interferes with their education and the education of others, the student is referred to us. After I do an assessment, they can be placed here on a 30-day diagnostic and the teacher collects data in terms of educational abilities and then we meet again to determine if they can be placed back at their home school,” Mosley explained. “Our objective is to get students here, find out what the problem is, correct the issue and get them back to their home school.”
GNETS of Oconee received the Georgia College Community Partner of the Year Award for its various collaborative activities with the university. Georgia College students and area volunteers have worked with students on community service projects and activities throughout the year. Various activities are also hosted throughout the year to support parental and community involvement, including the Fall Festival, a Thanksgiving luncheon, Christmas party, talent show, student cook-outs, field trips and more.