B.S., M.Ed., C.A.G.S
Educational Consulting & Special Education Advocacy
How can I help?
I am a career educator and also the mom of 2 complicated (and wonderful!) school-aged children. Both perspectives are critical and both allow me to provide exceptional support for you, your child, and your family.
I've held the role of teacher, special educator, administrator, supervisor, principal, consultant and (perhaps most importantly) parent. I have been a builder of educational programs and a consumer of programs. My experiences include the world of public and private schools, as well as the pedagogy and teaching that go with each. I love working with students who are real- with all their quirks, eccentricities, and character.
All children deserve the correct services and individualized support as they grow and learn. Every person- typical and neurodivergent- learns in different ways, shapes, modes, and styles! As a parent, sometimes it is a challenge to determine if your own child is receiving the correct services in their IEP. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out if the IEP is utilized. Sometimes it's overwhelming to sit at a table with a million school specialists and make sure they hear your meaningful input. Sometimes there is just a small gap in learning that needs attention. Sometimes communication is tough, reports are hard to parse, and people seem to have predetermined notions in their heads. Sometimes it is just hard to be the mom or dad of a kid who needs support.
If you would like help in any of these areas, are searching for tutoring, or if you'd like someone knowledgeable about special education, schools, and learning to bounce a few quick questions or ideas off of, I can help.
Special Education Advocacy
Special Education is complicated business. As your advocate, a good understanding of who your child is as a person and as a learner, is critical. Further, it is very important that I thoroughly understand your adult concerns, questions, and needs.
Usually, this process begins with an initial Phone Consultation conversation. After that, there are many pathways, however they usually include a Document Review of reports from your child’s service providers. This is followed by a Conference for both of us. This meeting will allow us to speak more in-depth about your apprehension and hopes, ask questions of each other, speak about information contained (or omitted!) in the reports, and begin to plan a potential strategy.
Following these stages, I can continue to be involved as little or as much as you like. You may feel much more comfortable with your shored-up knowledge--or you may want further assistance going forward.
Further collaboration might include: drafting letters to district representatives, clarifying IEP intricacies, responding to district proposals, outlining relevant IEP Parent Concerns, observing potential classroom placements, contemplating proposed options, referring to independent evaluators or legal support, reviewing incoming reports, and/or attending IEP Meetings with families.
One detail that I feel strongly about is hearing as much as possible about your child from you. I'd like to understand who they are at home, in life, and at school. Honestly, I don’t feel comfortable working on a plan for any child without a good picture of them in my mind.
I have a good working knowledge of Boston area private and public elementary schools. I can help direct you toward schools that may fit your vision for your child and family. I can also help guide you through the application process. And, in some circumstances, I can help you figure out when it may be time to move on. Kids change over time--and so do schools.
I am available to tutor a few of students per week, depending on location and time. I can also connect you to other potential tutors with expertise in a range of pk-12 subject areas. We are available for remote and in-person sessions, depending on the needs of your child.**
Initial Phone Consultation (approximately 30 minutes): free of cost
Document Review (usually 1-3 hours)
Strategy Meeting (usually 1-2 hours)
Hourly Rate: $110 per hour
IEP Meeting Accompaniment: $200 in total for attending Team Meetings. Preparation at hourly rate.
5-hour retainer package: $450
12-hour retainer package: $1000
*Additional packages of hours may be available depending on long-term family wants and needs.
**Tutoring rates are available upon request
Because I have my own children, and because I am only one woman (but mostly because of the kids!) ;-), I take a limited number of clients at a time. I definitely want to give your children the attention they deserve throughout this process. I do take a few pro bono clients, as well, but they are generally referred to me through other professionals.
Please reach out to me at email@example.com
I look forward to learning more about your child and discussing how I can help you!