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Behavior Outreach Services
Behavior Outreach Staff
Behavior Team

Kelley Eyster, Lead Behavior Specialist

Lynn Millar, Behavior Specialist

Lynn has been in education for the better part of the past 25 years in the areas of Special Education and Art. She spent most of her life living and working in Southwest Colorado until moving to the Asheville area 8 years ago. Lynn has worked from Pre-K through High School, including incarcerated youth. 

She was a “hockey mom” to Alison and Liam, who are now spreading their wings in the world.

When she is not in a school in Buncombe County Roberson district you can find her either in her painting studio or on a hiking trail chasing the beautiful western NC views!

Patti Garrott, Behavior Specialist
My name is Patti Garrott and I have been an employee of Buncombe County Schools since 2003. Both of my boys went through this system and are now graduated and doing well. I have worked in various capacities in the Exceptional Children’s Department. I have had the pleasure of serving students in the Intensive Intervention classroom as well as students in a Resource setting. Each student is an individual and I make it my focus to treat them to the best of my abilities to meet those specific needs.

 I joined the Behavior Outreach Program about 6 years ago. I now have the privilege of working with an amazing team of people that focus on implementing programs that assist our students in being successful in the school setting. I feel honored to work with BCS employee’s that do their best to make our student’s feel safe and respected while they spend their days at school.

 When I am not at school I spend as much time as possible exploring the hiking trails in this beautiful area that we call home. My husband and I are empty nesters but we find as much time as possible to be with our sons, even if that means Zooming once a week.

Whitney Harris, Behavior Specialist

Whitney has been an educator since 2001 and has served students in a variety of capacities. When asked why she chose the educational field as a profession, she explains she wanted to be of service, to have a positive influence in the lives of students, especially students identified as at-risk, and help students experience success in the classroom. Whitney began her teaching career as an ELA teacher in Jackson County, before she later transferred to her alma mater in Swain County, where she taught for Swain County Schools for 17 years. During her tenure at Swain County, she served students in a variety of capacities, which included teaching high school English for 8 years before transitioning to the Swain High Alternative Learning Program, where she served not only as the lead teacher for English, but also where she served in an administrative / leadership role for an additional 8 years as well as teaching middle school ELA 1 year. She later returned to Jackson County to teach ELA one last time before  making a transition to Buncombe County Schools as a behavior specialist for the Erwin District. 

Whitney holds a BSED in Secondary English Education (Western Carolina University, 2001), a MAEd. in Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities (Western Carolina University, 2015), a MSA in School Administration (Western Carolina University, 2018) and is a doctoral candidate for a Ph.D. in Higher Administration: Educational Leadership (Liberty University, May 2022, projected). Whitney is a certified trainer for crisis prevention interventions (CPI) and holds many mental health certifications. In addition to her teaching and leadership experience, she has previous work experience with Appalachian Community Services as a qualified mental health professional, where she served on the intensive in-home team. 

Whitney is the proud mom of two sons; Colby, a sophomore at Gardner Webb University; Carter, a senior at Swain County High School, and is also mom to Diesel, a 7 year-old rescue pit-boxer mix, who has grown to be 80 lb. lap dog. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, the beach, and watching her son play sports. 

Aimee Adams, Behavior Specialist

Brandi Mackenzie, Behavior Specialist

Sheena Greiner, Behavior Specialist

Marlou DeVera, Autism Coach

Emory Hamby, Autism Coach

Will Overfelt, Autism Coach


Sawyer Bryan, Behavior Support Assistant
I work in education to give students opportunities and chances that I did not have. I work  to expand minds, and hearts through compassion and humor. 

Melissa Boone, Behavior Support Assistant

Abby Kelley, Behavior Support Assistant

Brian Peterson, Behavior Support Assistant

Garrett Wilson, Behavior Support Assistant

Lindsey Wilhoit, Behavior Support Assistant

Buncombe County Schools is in the process of reviewing its website to ensure compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Buncombe County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and federal regulations to not discriminate in such a manner. This requirement extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its implementing federal regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator and/or the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education. The Title IX Coordinator's contact information is: Shanon Martin, [email protected], 828-255-5918, 175 Bingham Road, Asheville, NC 28806.

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