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Diana Chase, M.S.


Diana believes that with the right support, every individual can reach their maximum potential, and achieve their goals, no matter the obstacles or labels thrown their way.  With an inherent love of helping others, and a mindset that learning is a lifelong process, Diana was drawn to the field of Special Education.

Described as an individual with a “contagious energy and passion,” Diana has found ways to step outside the norm and connect with students (and families) with a wide range of backgrounds, experiences and frustrations. With the addition of a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, and a vision that no individual should settle for a label, Diana has devoted her life to helping individuals fulfill their dreams.  Diana’s driven to help individuals prove to both society and themselves, that no matter the challenges they face, they can exceed all expectations.

Diana’s firm belief that every single student deserves a truly individualized education, and first-hand experience witnessing the impact one-on-one instruction and technology can have on students of all ages, lead her out of the classroom and to Special Ed Resource.  Diana shares her dream of ensuring all individuals have an equal chance to reach their goals with all of the compassionate tutors at Special Ed Resource.

Amanda Wagoner, MAT


Amanda Wagoner is a compassionate, caring, and hardworking educator who received her Master of Arts in Teaching: Special Education: K-12: General and Adaptive Curriculum from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Amanda has a vast knowledge of the Special Education world ranging from early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school. Amanda has a strong background in assistive technology and working with students in all disability categories. Amanda’s personal journey through the world of Special Education has made her the educator she is today.

Amanda believes all students can learn regardless of ability. She believes each student learns at his/her own pace, and rapport is established when a nurturing positive environment is present. Amanda knows each student has strengths and weaknesses and learning takes place when focusing and building on their individual strengths.

In her years as a Special Education teacher, Amanda has utilized technology to increase students’ success. Amanda’s past and current experience teaching online has opened a world of opportunity for the students she teaches. Amanda’s love for and positive outlook about technology, has enabled her to make online learning fun and exciting for each and every student she teaches.

Amanda is excited to be part of the Special Ed Resource Team who share the same common values and ideas that she holds near and dear to her heart! She is thrilled to be teaching your child.

Erin Fay


Inspired by Rita Pierson, a longtime American educator, Erin believes that every child deserves a champion: “an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” She became an educator to ensure that every child she encounters has a champion, regardless of race, religion, socioeconomic status, or ability level.

Every child is unique, exploring information and discovering knowledge in their own way and at their own pace. Yet, every child is capable of success. In order to facilitate this success, Erin builds strong, positive relationships with each of her students. By establishing an open rapport with the students, she is able to learn each child’s strengths and weaknesses—thus understanding what it takes for each child to succeed. She is able to create learning opportunities that build on strengths and support weaknesses. Instruction is differentiated so that every child is able to reach his or her highest potential. Special Ed Resource is such an extraordinary company because it allows tutors to do just that—differentiate instruction to meet each student on their level. Erin is proud to be a part of a team that truly cares about each and every student, and she looks forward to working with your child.

Laura Young, M.Ed.


Laura Young is described as a compassionate, caring, hardworking, patient, and loving teacher. Laura believes that all children have the ability to learn in their own unique way and it is her job to provide them an education that meets their needs. Laura wants all students to learn, feel loved, and feel happy while at school. Laura believes the best way to reach a child, is building a strong relationship and a collaborative connection with families.

Laura Young always knew she wanted to be a teacher; ever since she was a little girl. She has been in the field of education for over 10 years and has obtained a Bachelors in general education, a Masters in Special education, and is currently working on her Doctoral degree in education leadership, focusing on Special education leadership. Laura has taught general education as well as special education. Laura has taught every grade level from Kindergarten to fifth grade, while also working with students across all grade schools in a variety of manners from Kindergarten to 12th grade. In addition, Laura has been teaching virtually for four years and is experienced in the online platform.

Laura is so excited to start a new journey reaching new students and helping them to be successful!

Carolyn Hoff


Carolyn is described as an educator who enjoys meeting the educational deficiencies of her students. She is compassionate, patient, and flexible in finding the right instructional method that works best for your student. This is because all learners learn differently. Carolyn has a background in being an English as a Second Language teacher and also has worked in the public school system as a Special Education Teacher for grades K-4.

Carolyn received her Bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration. Since her passion has always been working with children who have special needs, she decided to go back to school to pursue her Post-baccalaureate certification in Special Education – General Education for Grades K-12. She is currently a licensed teacher and looks forward to working with you in order to meet any educational needs you or your child may have.

Taylor Fulcher


Taylor Fulcher is described as a kind, compassionate, and loving educator. She is passionate about reaching her students in any way possible. Taylor believes that all students are capable of learning and making growth. She can be described as “an out of the box thinker, flexible, and someone who truly cares about her students”. She believes what George Evans has to say about students “Every student can learn, but not in the same day or same way.” She is a huge reader and enjoys children book authors such as Beatrix Potter, Roald Dahl, Drew Daywalt, and Dr. Seuss.

She has an Undergraduate Degree in Early Childhood and Development from Liberty University with a minor in Psychology and a Masters in Special Education K-12 General Curriculum. Although she has only been an educator for a few years, she has many different experiences working with children who have Special Needs. She has been a huge supporter and active participant with The Special Olympics. She is currently the Lead SPED Teacher at her elementary school, an active member on the Virginia Tiered Support System, and she is also on the Assistive Technology Team for her School System.

Through engagement, a strong relationship, and fun skill based lessons, Students can be successful and enjoy learning new things.

Melissa Barto


Teaching is understanding that every child is unique. Through specially designed instruction and differentiated instruction, Melissa believes every child has the ability to learn and become a lifelong learner. As an educator, she is dedicated to enabling each child to critically examine the world around them. She strives to provide learning experiences that allow students to make personal connections, remain engaged, and celebrate their individual skills, talents, and abilities.

Melissa has been in the field of education for over 20 years. She holds a degree in Special Education K-12 from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Through the years, she has taught all ages from preschool to adults. She is a certified Wilson Reading instructor but loves teaching math as well. Melissa has extensive experience in online education and strongly believes in the effectiveness of online education.

Melissa has been married to her husband, John, for 19 years. She has three children- Morgan (17), Kyler (14), and Reese (12). She loves scrapbooking, travel, and is a competitive cheerleading coach.

Erin Frye


Erin Frye is someone who believes whole-heartedly in the success of each student. She understands that success looks different for each individual child. Erin is committed to differentiating instruction to serve every individual and unique need. One of Erin’s inspiring mottos is “Learning through laughter,” which encourages academic growth in a positive and fun environment.

Erin graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education: General Curriculum. Erin has worked with middle and high school students for the past four years. Even though Erin has only been in the education field for a few years, she has worked with a plethora of disabilities. It is through these experiences that she has embraced a mindset of differentiating instruction to best fit individual needs.

Erin is excited to be on a journey of positive change with the Team and strives to encourage, uplift, and inspire success.

Michelle Mayes, MSED


Michelle earned a Masterʼs degree in Inclusive Education at Binghamton University in New York State. In 2009, she began working as a special education teacher at The Institute for Child Development, specializing in providing ABA therapy for students, ages 6 thru 11, with ASD. During her years of teaching, Michelle has demonstrated a commitment to the families she serves, an instinct for perceiving and appreciating the unique qualities and characteristics of her students, and above all, a belief that every child is equally entitled to a quality education.

Michelleʼs enthusiasm and love for learning are infectious! Michelle takes pride in developing engaging and entertaining ways to meet her studentsʼ individual needs; every endeavor is met with the same enthusiasm and every student is treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. Michelle is a willing collaborator. Some of her best ideas have been born through a combination of team meetings, talking with parents, consultations with specialists and good old fashioned google searches! A quote that she lives by daily is, “Leave your ego at the door.”

Michelle has embraced the opportunity to reach her students in a new way. Becoming an online tutor has opened up new doors for her continued growth as an educator. She is grateful for every planned and incidental teachable moment in her life, especially those that have originated from the smallest souls with the biggest hearts.

Think Differently About Education.

We Believe…


All children are born with the innate ability to reach their OWN excellence.


That a growing group of children don’t fully prosper in overpopulated classrooms.


Through technology and one on one learning, their future path to success can be made clear again.