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Southeast GLRS

Southeast GLRS is a division of First District RESA, which is a part of a network of eighteen sites to provide professional learning and other resources to educators and families of students with disabilities.​

Southeast GLRS serves school systems in District 14. This includes Appling County, Bulloch County, Candler County, Evans County, Jeff-Davis, County Screven County, Tattnall County, Toombs County, Vidalia-City Schools and Wayne County.  In addition Southeast GLRS also serves Cedarwood GNETS Statesboro Center and Lyons Center, Statesboro STEAM and Coastal Plains Charter High School Candler County Campus.

Meet Our Team


Kathleen Tootle has been the Director of Southeast GLRS since 2018. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree and an Education Specialist’s Degree in Special Education both from Georgia Southern University. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Augusta State University. In addition to her teacher certification, she is endorsed as a Teacher Support Specialist, a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and a Dyslexia Support Specialist. She is also a state certified trainer for Check & Connect and a national certified trainer for Restorative Practices and Conferences. Kathleen has over 25 years of experience working in the field of special education with experiences as an interrelated special education teacher, a self-contained teacher for students with low-incidents, a teacher of the visually impaired and an instructor of preservice special education teachers at the university level. She has served as a special education coordinator at the public school level and at the university level and worked as the program specialist for Southeast GLRS prior to becoming the director. Kathleen has presented at several state and national conferences as well as published articles on best practices in teaching.

Kathleen Tootle


Shelley Woodward is the program specialist for Southeast GLRS. Ms. Woodward holds a BA in Art, post-baccalaureate certification in Special Education, and an M.Ed. in Reading Education from Georgia Southern University. She has worked in the field of education for more than 15 years as a classroom teacher, instructor of special education, and program specialist. She founded EAGLE Academy, an inclusive post-secondary program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities during her tenure as an instructor at Georgia Southern. Ms. Woodward has been with First District RESA since 2018.

Shelley Woodward
Special Education Program Specialist

Southeast GLRS

149 South Register Street

P.O. Box 1218

Metter, GA 30439

P: 912-685-RESA (7372)

F: 912-685-7373

SEGLRS Director:

Kathleen Tootle

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