With a wealth of experience in K-12 education, I bring a practical lens to my role as a consultant. As an Assistant Superintendent and Special Education Director for a large school district, I led the transformation of special education services from one of mostly separate classrooms to an inclusive service delivery model. In this capacity, I also co-led the district's equity and diversity efforts. I focused on quality professional development for culturally responsive teaching practices, as well as reducing disproportionality in special education and discipline.
In my early career, I served as a special education teacher for elementary students with autism, as well as an inclusion facilitator. In the capacity of inclusion facilitator, I coordinated services for middle school children with significant disabilities for their meaningful participation in general education. Prior to entering school administration, I also served as a Planning and Policy Specialist for the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education.
My professional experiences, coupled with graduate work completed at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and training from the Carnegie Foundation in improvement science, have provided me with an understanding of both theory and practical implementation. I have shared these experiences at national and regional events, including The Atlantic’s Education Summit, the Summer Leadership Institute, the National Principals Conference, the Council for Exceptional Children's PA Conference, the Pennsylvania Literacy Conference, and the Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition. I have been published in AASA's Superintendent magazine, School Administrator, and am co-authoring a book with Dr. Julie Causton, Reimagining Special Education: Using Inclusion as a Framework to Build Equity and Support All Students, to be released on September 20, 2021.
Beyond my professional life,
I serve on the board for the Beachview Dreams Foundation, a non-profit that provides accessible dream vacations to people with disabilities and their families. Additionally, I am a member of the board of directors for the Montgomery County Down Syndrome Interest Group (MCDSIG). MCDSIG is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support and resources for individuals with Down syndrome and their families in our community. MCDSIG seeks to broaden awareness and gain acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.
I was inspired to enter the field of education by my sister, Nina, who has severe and multiple disabilities. I view education as my calling and am passionate about ensuring quality programs for ALL students.