Spring Valley School is a sanctuary for students with learning differences, allowing them to discover a supportive, learning environment where they can grow.  The SVS Board of Directors represents experts in various fields with the common desire to ensure students with learning differences receive an excellent education. The SVS Leadership Team is comprised of faculty and staff members dedicated to fulfilling leadership roles within the school community.

Trice Green

Director of Athletics

Angela Gillespie

Lower School Representative

Rebeccah Carroll, MAAE, LMSW

Dean of Students

Gladys Schaefer, M.Ed.

Dean of Humanities

Laura Griffin, MS

Dean of Sciences

James Cormier

Director of Facilities & Security

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Samuel P. Johnson

Board President

President of Johnson Sterling  

Jack Levy, JD

Former Parent

Law Partner, Bradley

Joe Abbott, Jr., CPA

Managing Partner​
Abbott, Livings, Smith & Higgins 

W. J. Cornay, MD

Former Parent
ENT & Allergy Associates PC​

David Finn, EdD


Orlean Beeson School of Education Samford University

Hettie P. Johnson M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-language Pathologist

Dyslexia Therapist

Heather Smitherman

VP, Internal Audit

Protective Life Corporation

David Little, Ed.D.

Department of Education,

Samford University

Erica Littleton, MS

Director of Educational Advancement,

City of Birmingham

Laura Fiveash, DRPH, RD

SVS Executive Director 

Non-voting member

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Donna Mardaugh, PhD, UAB Neuropsychologist

Paul Riccomini, PhD, Associate Professor of Special Ed at Penn State 

(Area of Specialization: Dyscalculia)

Rebecca Tolson, Ph.D., CALT-QI, Vice President of Literacy Initiatives at Neuhaus Education Center