I received my bachelor's degree in music education from SMU, Meadows School of the Arts, in Dallas, TX. I am a certified music teacher as well as a certified special education teacher in Texas. I have worked in the public school setting as a choir teacher, offering support as an in class support 5th grade instructional assistant, as well as a long term substitute teacher in the special education setting. My experience as a special needs advocate has come from being a mom to a son who has autism and a speech impairment. The past sixteen years has enabled me to help my son, as well as other students, thrive at school and beyond. Due to this life experience of having a child with special needs, I have been working as an educational consultant for the past 10 years as a volunteer to families. I am a member of COPAA, NASET, and TMEA.
I have volunteered with Richardson SAGE (RISD Special And Gifted Education), PCLDA (Park Cities Learning Disability Association) , RISD SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee), and the Highland Park United Methodist Church special needs ministry. These organizations provide services to individuals from birth through adulthood.
When I'm not working with clients, I enjoy singing. I am a classically trained opera singer and was recently seen in the Rockwall Summer Musicals, "The Music Man". I am also an adaptive music teacher that is extremely rewarding! I am currently a member of a national gospel choir and a church choir. I love spending time with my husband and son.
I offer a complimentary one-hour service by phone to prepare for your child's ARD meeting. After this initial consultation, I follow up with the family to recommend an appropriate service for their needs and how to receive the services the student needs at school and possibly at home.
I am available on an hourly basis to help guide families through the ARD/IEP process from facilitating IEP implementation, BIP modifications, assist with CPI development, as well as added accommodations for students who have a 504 Plan. I also help in areas of transition planning, modifications of environmental factors, private schools implementing a 504 Plan, as well as support at home. I offer support via email, text message, video conferencing, and by phone to all 50 states. I do not travel to IEP/ARD meetings, but offer my services via Zoom and other web-based platforms, due to the current pandemic.
I offer a complete service that includes reviewing your student's educational records to help your student at school, as well as at home. I can help support your student's goals laid out by your school district, offer advice for realistic goals, objectives, modifications, and accommodations that pertain to your child's education, as well as advise families on how to advocate for their child in the pubic school setting. I am a special needs advocate and not an attorney. Therefore, I cannot give you legal advice about your child’s rights, prepare legal complaints and papers, represent you as legal counsel in a lawsuit in state or federal court. In addition, I cannot evaluate or diagnose your child, as I am not a diagnostician or speech therapist.
I understand that each student's situation and needs are unique to them. Tell me more about what you're looking for, and I will get back to you as soon as time permits.
*As a Special Needs Advocate, I cannot give you legal advice about your child’s rights, prepare legal complaints and papers, or represent you as legal counsel in a lawsuit in state or federal court. In addition, I cannot evaluate or diagnose your child, as I am not a diagnostician or speech therapist.
Dallas, Texas, United States