In Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Ophelia said, "We know what we are, but not what we may be." This applies to all of us. I believe the best illustration of this statement is the caterpillar turning into the butterfly. As a member of a child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team we must always remember this as we write an IEP. We must always remember the individual and work cooperatively to write an IEP that meets the unique needs of the child while preparing that individual for further education, employment, and independent living...whatever that may look like.
In my lifetime I've met many parents and caregivers who were overwhelmed by the IEP process, document, and meetings. These parents have shared with me their feelings of confusion, frustration, and loneliness throughout the IEP process. I've also worked with teachers and administrators who felt lost, overwhelmed, and confused by all that special education involves.
My mission is to partner with parents, caregivers, and school districts in understanding Special Education, the IEP document and process, and to find common ground to enhance the education of children with special needs.
The ultimate goal is for you to feel comfortable in decision making and confident that the IEP is providing a Free Appropriate Public Education by preparing the child for further education, employment, and independent living based upon their unique needs.
I am a certified special education teacher and have been a special educator for over 25 years. I have attended several Wrightslaw conferences, completed the Master IEP Coach® Mentorship and am a member of the Master IEP Coach® Network. I've worked in the United States and England. During my career I developed my own behavior modification system that worked with hundreds of students.