About Me

am a Special Needs Teacher, Advocate, Educational Consultant, Wife, and Mom of three boys with Special Needs. I have over 20 years of experience in the field of Special Education. It is my passion to help children with special needs become happy, healthy and successful members in their community.

Advocating for children with special needs started when I was in graduate school working at the New England Center for Children as a Special Needs Teacher. Upon completing my master's program at Simmons College, I began work in public schools. I attended many IEP meetings and saw many different outcomes, some good, some bad. From these experiences, I knew my calling was to advocate for families and help children with special needs receive the support they need to become the best they can be.

As an advocate and consultant, I work with your family from start to finish of the IEP process. Starting with helping families navigate their child’s IEP, this includes Record Review and Observations. Additionally, I help families navigate the many service providers involved and coordinate communication with all members of the IEP Team for the best possible outcomes.

I advocate for children with an age range of 2-22 and those being diagnosed with a Learning Disability, Executive Functioning Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Anxiety, Mood Disorder, ADD/ADHD, and Chromosome Disorder/Down Syndrome.

I live the daily struggles and experience the greatest joys of watching my boys accomplish things others take for granted. It is a hard road raising a child with special needs, but with the right support in place and having guidance from professionals can make all the difference. Helping families navigate the struggles of raising a child with special needs is what I love to do!


University of Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts Amherst, MA 1996

Simmons College, Master of Science in Education Boston, MA 1999


Massachusetts Professional Certification in Intensive Needs PreK-12

Wilson Reading Certificate Framingham, MA 2015


Member of SPAN (Special Education Advocacy Network)


Member of COPAA (Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys)


Federation for Children with Special Needs

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