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Diana Chase, M.S.

DIRECTOR OF TUTORING SERVICES

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.

Tutor Spotlight

Nicole M. Adamski, MA

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

Nicole’s general approach to life is seeing the sunshine in everything! She loves to bring her positive energy to everyone she encounters, and looks for the bright side in every situation. She has learned that children really connect with her positive attitude, which makes her job more fun than words can say.

When it comes to her students, Nicole’s approach is to build on ability, by finding out what their strengths and needs are and focusing on that. Nicole believes in the notion that “if children can’t learn the way we teach, then maybe we should teach the way they learn,” which is to say that not all students are the same and need flexibility in the strategies that are used to help them succeed. She also believes that communication and rapport with the student and family are some the strongest things a teacher can do to help a student achieve their potential.

In her years as a special education teacher, she has learned to be flexible to the needs of her students and motivate them in many ways. The majority of her years working has been with the autism population from toddlers to adults. Nicole has her Master’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education as well as the certificates in Autism Endorsement and Applied Behavior Analysis, and working to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

She is thrilled to be a part of the SpecialEd Resource Team who share the same ideas when it comes to teaching children! She cannot wait to help make a difference in your child’s life!

Amanda Wagoner, MAT

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

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

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

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.

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

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!

Teresa Stone, M.A.Ed.

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

Teresa is passionate that education plays a major role in the future of every individual, and that all students regardless of ability or background, have potential for success. She has spent the last fourteen years serving students with special needs. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Her education and experience have strengthened her overall understanding of how to teach diverse learners. Teresa was also recognized as a North Carolina Educator of Excellence for 2016-2017.

Through her role as an educator, Teresa is continually growing and learning. Each day, she is inspired and challenged to meet the needs of diverse learners. She has a passion for teaching and firmly believes that all students are capable of success, with effective interventions and support. She is very data-driven when looking at meeting student needs. She is constantly working to find, implement, and share evidence-based instructional strategies to help all students reach their greatest potential. Above all, she wants to instill a love of learning in student, through building a positive relationship and applying engaging teaching strategies.

Teresa is very excited to join the Special Education Resource team and begin serving and getting to know your child!

Rusty Poer

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

What makes a good teacher? Some would argue adhering to rigorous standard while continuing to push each student to their academic peak. While these are important, Rusty Poer scoffs and says, “That’s it? Seriously?? What about connection? What about engagement? WHAT ABOUT FUN!?!?” As someone who has worked in many facets of the Special Education field for nearly 15 years, Rusty brings enthusiasm, high energy, compassion and most of all FUN to his sessions. In high school himself, Rusty had a tough time understanding materials and how it would all fit together. Then Mr. Greene came along in his 11th grade year and started using old movie quotes and pop culture references within his math lessons. Rusty finally comprehended and was ENJOYING the math concepts! Years later as a Special Education teacher himself, Rusty brings that personal connection, energy and just a side of laughter to the relationships with his students. Those relationships lead to understanding content, which leads to confidence and growth in academic areas.

Rusty has a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and currently teaches level 1 Autism at a middle school right outside of Atlanta. Rusty is excited to be a part of the SpecialEdResource.com team and is looking forward to making learning a little less intimidating, and more appealing and entertaining!

***Disclaimer*** Yes, that is a kitten on Rusty’s shoulder. Yes, he will show it to you if you ask nicely!

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.