Lake Erie College (Education)
Kent State University (Graduate Coursework)
Charlotte School of Law (J.D.)
It is my greatest and most pervasive goal to maintain a positive impact on the educational and social outcomes within high-risk populations. Helping to ensure that those with a lesser voice in the social services and legal system(s), as well as society in general, retain their dignity is a passion of mine and, for this reason, I am interested in working with those who fight for the betterment of the lives of people living with disabilities and other reasons that may have happened to keep them from the success they deserve. While I do not possess a Master’s degree, I do have 30 graduate hours in special education as well as a law degree which rolls anything I could have attained with a Master’s into many more useful skills. In addition, I have spent over 20 plus years in a combination of classroom and supervisory positions in the education field, the last seven of which have been in an advocacy for parents and young adults having issues with the legal and social services world(s), and given my law degree and long-time special education background/advocacy, I believe that I have honed the skill set necessary to help the cause of underserved youth and young adults in our schools, the legal world, and beyond. I have been, and always will be a staunch outspoken advocate for youth and adults with special needs and their caregivers. My passion is helping people with disabilities transition from one point to the next in their lives with as little trauma as possible. While, I have often done a great deal of work within the classroom, I believe that it is time that I help educate society as to the possibilities our fellow citizens with disabilities have to offer and help them build upon their already considerable skills in order to better prepare them for life beyond anything many have planned or expect from them.
For example, my position at an inner city alternative high school program offered intense one on one sessions to assist in job searches, and perhaps more importantly, to establish a sense of self-worth that many had often not otherwise experienced due to the problems that they had faced. Currently I work with adult parents living with disabilities who are having difficulties with either the courts or Social Services regarding child custody and disability issues. I also have experience running a pilot program for a group of students of diverse age while supervising over 120 students and five other educators. In addition, I was the coordinator of the high school special education department at a Cleveland, Ohio charter school. More than 60% of the students at the charter school had at least one special education issue. Additionally, I hold an Ohio Permanent Non-Tax Supported Administrator’s/Teacher’s/All Others license from the State of Ohio. I also have been licensed in the field of Special Education since 1992 and Comprehensive Social Studies since 1990. I have witnessed a myriad of problems and difficulties students and adults with special needs have on a daily basis should not be the case. These injustices led me to law school and the ultimate acquisition of a law degree.
I am more than willing to meet you where you are educationally and will help you get to where you need to be! It is my greatest and most pervasive goal to maintain a positive impact on the educational and social outcomes within high-risk populations. Helping to ensure that those with a lesser voice in the social services and legal system(s), as well as society in general, retain their dignity is a passion of mine and, for this reason, I am interested in
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I began my teaching career 20 plus years ago in an SLD/ADHD cross categorical middle school classroom. I have continued to work with middle school/high school and older students with special needs running the gamut from Developmentally Disabled adults to high school students and a few adults with Asperger's since then. I am licensed in Special Education by the State of Ohio and have been since 1992.