What makes you qualified to handle our special education needs?
I have extensive experience that comes from both a career in public education and parenting a special needs child. I've worked as both a classroom teacher and administrator, and sat at the IEP table many times with an educator's viewpoint. In 2014, my youngest son was born with hearing loss. Just a few short months later I sat at the IEP (IFSP) table for the first time as a parent. He has since been diagnosed with ADHD, sensory processing disorder, dyslexia, and specific learning disabilities in math and writing. I've attended more than 30 IEP meetings advocating for his needs. In addition, I've completed the Board Certification of Advocacy in Special Education training program through the National Association for Special Education Teachers.
Why should I hire an advocate?
There are many reasons to hire a special education advocate. Here are just a few:
Your child needs an IEP (Individualized Education Program) and you need help understanding the process.
Your child has an IEP or 504 Plan, but you aren't sure the services meet his/her needs.
You've had independent evaluations done, but you aren't sure how to interpret them or present them to the school.
You've had IEP meetings with the school and you don't feel like your voice is being heard.
You feel overwhelmed in IEP meetings and need an extra set of eyes and ears.
You want someone to explain your child's rights and the school district's obligations.
What areas do you service?
I am located in Charlotte, NC and serve all districts in both North and South Carolina. I'm available to meet virtually and attend both virtual and in-person IEP meetings, but do charge a travel fee for locations more than 30 miles from my office in Charlotte. Contact me for information on travel fees.
Are you a lawyer?
I am not a lawyer, therefore I cannot offer you legal advice or represent you in due process. I can help you navigate the special education system and work to help your child receive an appropriate education.
Do you guarantee that you will get my child everything we ask for?
There are no guaranteed outcomes in special education, but I can guarantee you that I will work as hard for your child as I have for my own. I am passionate about what I do and believe that every child deserves an appropriate education. I take this passion and belief with me into every meeting.
Let's Work Together
Please reach out to me so we can discuss the needs of your child.