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About Me....

I have been helping parents navigate the school system by understanding their child’s IEP & 504 Plan since 2011. Using strategic thinking, knowledge of IDEA and clear communication, I provide skilled advocacy services on behalf of children with a wide range of abilities.  I believe that special education advocacy is not just about knowing the complex special education laws, but also having the ability to effectively negotiate and navigate the system.  I am compassionate about assisting parents voice their concerns and help them create a vision for their child. I firmly believe that a commitment to building an appropriate foundation for a child is the key to an independent future.  I have empowered parents of children with all types of need through my years of work as the co-chair of the Scituate Special Education Parent Advisory Council.  I also reach families and children directly with my work on the Scituate CORSE Foundation.  As a dedicated advocate, I have completed the Federation for Children with Special Needs Advocacy Training, attended Wrightlslaw Special Education & Advocacy Conferences, attended dozens of seminars regarding special education and most recently graduated with a Certificate in Special Education Advocacy from the William & Mary Law School Institute of Special Education Advocacy.  

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with an English minor from Lynchburg College in Virginia (1996).  I was born and raised in Chatham, New Jersey.  Currently I live with my husband, Bill and two children Emma and Drew on the south shore.  I learned first hand how to become a strong advocate when our son Drew was diagnosed with Autism at 16 months old. 


Education

  • Lynchburg College – Lynchburg,Virginia 1996 Bachelor of Arts; Cum Laude
  • William & Mary Law School 2017 Institute of Special Educations Advocacy — Williamsburg, Virginia:  Certificate in Special Education Advocacy From The PELE Institute in Special Education Advocacy
  • William & Mary Law School 2016 Institute of Special Educations Advocacy — Williamsburg, Virginia:  Certificate of Completion from The PELE Institute in Special Education Advocacy
  • Wrightslaw Special Education Seminar — Wilton, Connecticut:  October 2014
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs:  Parent Consultant Training:  Certificate of Completion; Spring 2012
  • Wrightslaw 2 Day Bootcamp Conference — Springfield, Massachusetts:  Certificate of Completion; Spring 2012

Work Experience-Professional Memberships-Volunteer Work

  • Community of Resources for Special Education (C.O.R.S.E): Vice President 2009-2014
  • Scituate Special Education Parent Advisory (SEPAC): Co-Chair 2009-2014
  •  Federation for Children with Special Needs: Call Center Volunteer 2013-2015
  • Federation for Children with Special Needs Training Specialist: 2013-Present
  • Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) member
  • Special Needs Advocacy Network (SPAN) member
  • 2015 Think:Kids Introductory TrainingCollaborative Problem Solving Training
  • Tourchlight: Consultant & Webinar Presenter  2015-Present
  • Advocacy of Special Kids:  Consultant --  September 2014-January 2017