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Diana Chase, M.S.

VICE PRESIDENT

"...every single student deserves a truly individualized education..."

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.

 

Our Leadership Team

 


Melissa Barto

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

"...every child has the ability to learn and become a lifelong learner..."


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.


Amanda Wagoner, MAT

DIRECTOR OF PARENT
SERVICES

"...all students can learn regardless of ability..."


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.


Samantha Williams

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATOR DEVELOPMENT

"...before a child will care to learn, we should learn to care..."


Samantha Williams, better known as Sam, began her “superhero” journey to help all children once she graduated from Brewton-Parker College in Georgia with a degree in Psychology. As a Child and Adolescent Counselor, she enjoyed the interaction with children but after some time wanted to do more and teaching was her calling.

So back to school she went to pursue a degree in Education. Sam received a degree in Interrelated Special Education, entered the classroom in 2000, and has never looked back. She is certified to teach in all subject areas and through the years has taught 6th grade through 12th along with Adult Education. She currently teaches in the Middle School setting as an inclusion/co-teacher in math and science classes. She has taught all subjects but thinks…. let’s change that to KNOWS math is the greatest!

Sam’s teaching style is driven by two statements:
1. Before a child will care to learn, we should learn to care.
2. If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.
Along with teaching experience, Sam also brings 26 years of parenting to the table. Raising four children (two are adults now) and adding a grandson to the mix 4 years ago has helped with being able to interact with children. Sam is excited to become a part of the Special Education Resource team and looks forward to your child becoming a “superhero” as well!


Erin Johnson

DIRECTOR OF TUTORING SERVICES

"...every child can be successful when given the right tools and support..."

Erin believes that every child can be successful when given the right tools and support.

She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher. Her experiences helping her brother with Williams Syndrome have given her a well-rounded perspective with regards to enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities. Watching him struggle throughout his school career solidified her decision to become an educator.

Erin graduated from Elmhurst College in Illinois with her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education. While earning her degree, she worked as a 1:1 aide in a private special education high school. Upon graduation, Erin became the Life Skills Teacher at that same school. From there, she went on to teach pre-k and then elementary-aged children as a self-contained classroom teacher and at the resource level.

Recently, Erin and her family relocated to Florida. In their spare time, they enjoy swimming in their pool, going to the beach, and exploring their new state. Her eight-year-old son is attending virtual school, and he loves it! Erin is looking forward to tutoring online and helping her students learn and grow in a way that focuses on their strengths and interests.


Sarah Franklin

DIRECTOR OF TUTORING SERVICES

"...wants to enable students to not only be successful but enjoy the process of reading..."


Sarah Franklin specializes in building relationships with students to help increase motivation. She comes from a family of special education teachers and works hard to find out what makes each student unique and designs lessons to meet each need. She loves reading and wants to enable students to not only be successful but enjoy the process of reading. As a child, Sarah struggled with math, which makes her excellent at relating to student struggles and having the patience to work through every strategy to find the one that clicks.

Sarah earned her Masters of Arts in Teaching: Exceptional Student Education at the University of South Florida St Petersburg and has taught at-risk students and students with special needs for the past ten years in Florida. She has micro-credentials for behavior intervention strategies, teacher mentoring, English as a Second Language, and Gifted education.

She specializes in meeting each student at their instructional level and teaching them how to feel success with content.


Rebecca Alsip

LEAD EDUCATOR

"...all students are capable of success, but the path for each student is different..."

Rebecca believes that all students are capable of success, but the path for each student is different.

Special Education Resource allows students to discover their potential and how they learn best through individualized instruction.

Growing up in a family of teachers, Rebecca knew early in life she wanted to work with special needs students. She has a bachelors in psychology with an emphasis in child and adolescent development and a masters in teaching special education. She is currently pursuing a second masters as a literacy specialist. She loves finding ways to incorporate student’s interests in reading and math content. She feels that engagement in content impacts retention. Because of this, Rebecca prides herself on getting to know her students on a personal level; creating lasting connections with each one.

Rebecca’s teaching philosophy is that each student is unique and our approach to teaching should be tailored to their individual learning needs. Great teachers can help break the barriers that prevent a student from learning. When this happens, students become confident in their education and are excited to learn!

The quote from Walt Disney, "if you can dream it, you can do it" keeps Rebecca continually aspiring to do more. Her love of teaching extends to her spare time where she teaches gymnastics at her local parks and recreation. She also enjoys being outdoors and working in her garden.

 

Special Education Experts

 


Taylor Fulcher

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...all students are capable of learning and making growth..."


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.


Erin Frye

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...success looks different for each individual child..."


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 SpecialEdResource.com Team and strives to encourage, uplift, and inspire success.


Michelle Mayes, MSED

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...every child is equally entitled to a quality education..."


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.


Jessica Kerr, M.Ed.

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...not only help your child learn but also to learn from your child..."


Jessica has been in the field of education for the last fifteen years. With a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Special Education, it has opened up doors for her to teach at all grade and subject levels.

Jessica has taught pre-K up through college-age students and even taught GED prep to adult learners. At the young age of six, Jessica knew she wanted to work in the field of special education and help students become their best selves. Her favorite part of teaching is watching a student's eyes light up with that "Ah-Ha" moment and knowing that she just helped that student understand something they never have before.

Jessica has been described as passionate, caring, determined, and joyful and makes it her personal mission to help each and every student regardless of age or ability. She aims to leave a positive impression on the students she works with, and her hope at the end of each day is to help her students enjoy learning a little more than they did the day before.

She is extremely excited to be working with Special Education Resource and helping your child have "Ah-Ha" learning moments. Jessica's goal is to not only help your child learn but also to learn from your child.


Allison Sutton

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...acknowledging that success looks different for each person..."


Allison has a passion for giving each student the tools they need to be successful and acknowledging that success looks different for each person.

For Allison, the most critical components of education are to increase independence, communication, and collaboration for all stakeholders for each student. Allison desires a team-minded approach for collaboration and communication.

Allison’s love of special education started in high school through volunteer experiences and has been unwavering. She graduated with a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education in 2013. She went on to earn a Master’s in Low Incidence Special Education in 2018 from Wichita State University. Through teaching, Allison has taught students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.


Christina Henderson

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...every child can learn in some capacity..."

Christina Henderson has been passionately teaching in the Special Education field for the last twenty-four years.

She believes that every child can learn in some capacity and it is the job of an educator to find the magic to make it possible. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and certifications in Special Education k-12, LD and handicapped, Transition to Work and Regular Education 1-8. Christina spent two summers working at the Rich Center for Autism which was located at Youngstown State University. Christina earned her Masters of Educational Administration with a Supervisor certification and is currently pursuing her EDD in Educational Leadership.

Christina has taught grades Kindergarten up through adult learners. Christina is very passionate about helping students work on the transition part of their IEP to help develop a plan for their future. She sits on a county committee in her state to help individuals with disabilities be successful in the community once they leave the school environment. Christina believes that communication between the student, teacher, and parent is a major key to ensuring the success of the student.

Christina has been married twenty-three years and has twelve-year-old twins. Christina’s family is very involved in sports all year round. Christina has coached track and volleyball and now follows her own children's sports careers on the courts and fields.


Natalie Marley

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...children should be treated as individuals, but also be held to specific standards..."


Natalie believes that every student can see success with the right amount of support. She believes that children should be treated as individuals, but also be held to specific standards.

Humans can do anything they set their minds to, and the young population is where that mindset should start. Children should be showered with love, support, and other essential needs before learning can take place. Natalie feels that her life saying is “Above All Love.” Before we start the learning, enrichment, or tutoring the children should know that they are cared for. Once a relationship is built then learning can begin.

Described as a fun, loving, caring individual Natalie has found ways to connect with children that some have never been able to reach. Not only does Natalie have God given talent when it comes to connecting with students, but she has also been shaped by Appalachian State University with key resources and education. Natalie received her a major in Special Education-General Curriculum and a minor in Communication Sciences and Disorder from Appalachian State University. With all of the education, training, and experience in public education Natalie is a well-shaped educator who can discover specific complications children are having with school. When the complications are discovered she is an expert on finding resources to help the pinpointed complication.

Natalie believes that every child should have a chance to love learning and be cared for. She believes that John F. Kennedy said it best, “ Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”


Pam Hague

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...all students can learn when provided the appropriate supports..."

Pam Hague is described as patient, empathetic, and a natural teacher. While working as a classroom assistant, Pam was inspired to become a special education teacher after seeing positive results in students following the implementation of special education instructional strategies.

Pam believes that all students can learn when provided the appropriate supports. Dedicated to lifelong learning, her love of learning motivates and inspires her students to learn and grow.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Management from Malone University and then obtained an Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate K-12 license through Notre Dame College. Five years co-teaching Integrated Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science for grades 6-12, plus five summers tutoring at an Extended School Year program for grades K-12, have given her experience in working with a wide variety of students with special needs.

Pam is dedicated to getting to know her students and using that knowledge to create meaningful and motivating lessons that are unique to each child.


Julie Kuhn

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...helping children reach their full potential and not focus on their labels..."

Julie Kuhn believes in helping children reach their full potential and not focus on their labels. In her eyes, all children can learn! She believes in the importance of a strong relationship to know how a child learns best and at what pace.

She loves to lead children in discovering their love of learning. She has taught in both a self-contained and resource setting within grades k-4. Her first teaching job was in a Montessori school and, though she wasn’t officially trained, she loves to incorporate some of their methods when working with children.

She has her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Mild Interventions for grades k-12, and minored in Organ Sacred Music from Ball State University in Indiana. She loves to play the piano, read books, and go to the zoo with her three-year-old son, Landon.


Ryan Larson

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...making connections with students and families is the key to learning..."


Ryan is described as a nurturing and supportive teacher. Ryan believes that making connections with students and families is the key to learning. Ryan enjoys forming positive relationships with students as well as families and believes in getting to know the whole person.

Ryan has bachelor's degrees in History and Philosophy as well as Master’s degrees in the areas of specific learning disabilities and Emotional and behavioral disorders. Ryan also has an interest in technology as well as counseling. Ryan has years of experience working with students who had a difficult time attending school in a traditional setting. Ryan believes that each student's education should be individualized to meet their specific needs and that each student has a unique learning style.

In his years as a special education teacher, Ryan has helped many students graduate in alternative settings who might not have earned their diploma without individualized support.


Maria Willis

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...guiding students to information so that they can discover knowledge..."


Maria’s goal as an educator is to help students meet their fullest potential by providing a supportive and safe environment. As a leader, she believes in guiding students to information so that they can discover knowledge and answers to their questions. Maria believes each student should be treated as an individual and their particular strengths should be applied in guiding students to work at their own best. Her desire is to provide an environment where students feel safe in sharing ideas in a respectful manner. Teaching provides Maria with an opportunity to be a lifelong learner and continue to grow both as a person and as an educator. It is my aspiration to motivate a passion for learning in my students and to help them discover their own potential as an individual.

Maria has been in the field of education for 15 years, which began in early childhood education later pursued special education. She now holds a BA in Special Education from University of New Mexico as well as an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from Central New Mexico Community College. Maria currently teaches for her local education school system and has had the pleasure of working with a wide range of students with special needs and continues to learn more about the field of education.


Megan Gallegos

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...every student learns differently and has personal goals..."


Megan has earned her bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. She has been working with students with various learning and intellectual disabilities for over 6 years.

Megan’s educational philosophy is that every student learns differently and has personal goals that they want to accomplish. Her goal as an educator is to nurture those different learning styles so that students can be successful. Megan believes that positive relationships with students and their families are crucial to student success. She also has prior experience successfully teaching and tutoring online.

Megan enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and their 2 dogs. In their spare time, they enjoy soaking up the Florida sunshine.


Kimberly Hollingshead

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...every student should be able to feel successful..."


Kimberly Hollingshead is a kind and compassionate educator that believes that every student should be able to feel successful. It is her firm belief that all children can learn, and it is her priority to provide specially designed strategies to help all her students grow and succeed.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She also has completed the Intervention Specialist Licensure Program from Ashland University. She has had a wide variety of classroom experiences including the virtual setting.

Kimberly believes that one of the most important things we can do as an educator is to build rapport with children and their families. She believes in the importance of praise and encouragement to help build rapport and a positive atmosphere. She also uses children’s interests and preferences to help motivate them to be actively engaged during class sessions. She is also skilled in addressing children’s needs through multi-sensory and hands on instructional activities. She knows that when children are actively involved in their learning, they show the most growth and improvement.


Angie John

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...all children can learn but not necessarily in the same way..."


“There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what they cannot do.” Borrowing this quote from one of her heroes, Temple Grandin, Angie John agrees and has this quote on the wall in her classroom as a reminder to all who enter. All children can learn but not necessarily in the same way or at the same speed. She feels as a special educator, it's her job and honestly a privilege to form bonds with her students and learn from them to discover the best teaching strategies for each child. We all learn differently, and students need multiple paths to learn.

Angie John would describe herself as a patient, dedicated, optimistic, accepting, loving teacher. She believes in order to be a successful special educator; one must possess each one of these traits and many more. Angie decided she wanted to become a special educator after her first day working as a para-educator in a categorical classroom. She decided to go back to school and received her K-6 teaching degree and two years later received her degree in Functional Special Education. This will be Angie’s 11th year teaching. She has experience teaching grades K-8th and has spent the majority of these years teaching in a structured learning classroom.

In October, Angie and her husband will celebrate 22 years of marriage. They have three daughters-Natalie (20), Chelsea (18), and Lauren (12). She also has three very spoiled dogs. She enjoys watching her girls play competitive soccer and cheerlead for their colleges and middle schools and make jewelry.


Karen Hoelker

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...all learning should be both positive and fun..."


Karen Hoelker believes that all learning should be both positive and fun! Karen believes that special education should include not just the teacher and student, but the family as well for true success. She has a passion for finding the key to unlock every child’s learning style to help them grow and flourish.

Karen has a BA in Psychology from St. Mary’s University and then obtained her Sped Certification K-12. She is a highly motivated and energetic person who loves working with children of all ages. Karen has been in education for over 10 years and worked with a wide variety of children with special needs.

Karen loves children, animals, her two awesome sons and family, and reading! Her motto is “Create your own Sunshine!”


Whitney Small

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...all children can succeed when taught in a way that meets their learning styles..."

Whitney Miles-Small is described as a caring, charismatic educator who has dedicated her professional career to increasing academic confidence and achievement in children. She holds an advanced professional certificate in special education grades 1-8 and general elementary education 1-5. She has worked in the field of education for 14 years teaching students in a variety of educational settings and disabilities. The last seven years she mentored and trained special education teachers at the elementary and middle school level.

She firmly believes that all children can succeed when taught in a way that meets their learning styles and engages them.


Brian Mulligan

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...technology is the gateway of being able to reach all students..."


As education evolves to adapt to an ever-changing society, Brian believes that technology is the gateway of being able to reach all students regardless of ability or disability. With a mindset of being able to reach every child on their individual level, Brian’s passion for education drives him to continue to dedicate his career in advocating for all students.

Brian has been in education for 15 years with a vast variety of experience in educational settings and environments. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, Master’s Degree in Special Education, and his certification in Educational Leadership.

Brian’s teaching pedagogy is a collaboration of technology, research-based teaching strategies, and his continuous journey of being a lifelong learner.

Brian works daily with all current educational platforms. He is fluent in Google Classroom, Chrome Extensions, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Office, Nearpod, and Flipgrid.

“A GOOD teacher follows the IEP, a GREAT teacher didn’t need the IEP…”


Jill McVicker

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...every student can learn just that every student doesn’t learn in the same way..."


Jill truly believes, “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach them the way they learn. I feel that every student can learn just that every student doesn’t learn in the same way. It is my job as an educator to understand how the child learns and develop support to aid in their way of learning.

Jill has been in the field of education for 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree Education from Muskingum College in Ohio, and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in Michigan. Teaching Certification Areas include: Elementary Education K-8, Special Education: Specific Learning Disabilities K -12, Pre School and Handicap Preschool, Vocational Special Education Coordinator and Transition to Work Coordinator. Jill has taught a middle school severely behavior unit, an intervention classroom for 11th and 12th Social Studies and English, and the last 10 years as the Vocational Special Education Coordinator at a Career Center focusing on development of a resource room for all students, teaching intervention, providing transition services between school and the community, developing IEPs, providing individualized instruction, specially designed instruction. Jill comes with experience of working remotely with students through a variety of platforms providing one- on -one instruction, small group instruction and emotional support for students. Jill believes that communication between the student, teacher, and parent is a major key to ensuring the success of the student.

Jill is the mother of two teenage boys, Kristopher (14) and Tucker (13). Jill’s family is very involved in volunteering in the community. Jill is a 30 year member of the Volunteer Fireman’s Auxiliary, where the boys are now sebring a junior firemen. They participate in food drives and fund raisers for the Cancer Dietary Cancer Food Bank. Jill serves on the Village Council. Both boys are involved in 4H, where they complete community service projects, as well as showing Rabbits. Their goal as a family is to provide support and help to those in need, bringing hope to others.


Carla Newman

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...find joy and inner success in all things..."

Carla is passionate about life! Her most important goals are to love those in her life, find joy and inner success in all things (even the smallest tasks), and lead a healthy lifestyle. With a Bachelor's and Master's in Psychology, Carla spent many years in the counseling field. She worked in various settings including the college setting, United Way agencies, and in the homes of children and families struggling to keep it together. After completing her Special Education Licensure Program, Carla became a special educator and has been working for the last 6 years in the school system. Building relationships, confidence, and academic strengths have been among her primary goals in working with students and families. Carla LOVES her students as if they were her own. She believes strongly that all children should be treated as individuals, regardless of labels, and should be nurtured to achieve to their fullest potential! Above all, Carla seeks to be excellent! She finds joy and satisfaction in providing excellent service to the people with whom she works.

Carla's zest for life is evident in her many interests including spending time with her husband, Bryan, and their 3 children Isabella (16), Grace (15), and Thomas (13) , running, hiking, backpacking, bikepacking, sewing, cooking, reading, and taking care of her animals (donkey, goats, chickens, guinea hens, turkeys, dogs, and cats)!


Cassie Lanier

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...all students are capable of learning and growing daily..."


Hello, my name is Cassie Lanier and I am from a small town called Beulaville, NC. I earned my bachelor's degree in Special Education-General from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington in 2013.

I taught high school Special Education students for the past 6 years in the resource, inclusion, and Occupational Preparation Classrooms. Currently I am an EC Program Coach and I work directly with teachers and students K-12 to ensure their success. I enjoy working with children and I believe that all students are capable of learning and growing daily!


Daniel Williams

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...laughter is how we enjoy our free time..."


My name is Daniel Williams. I am excited for everything this new experience has in store for us! I currently live in the same county I grew up in. I've been married to my beautiful wife, also my best friend, for 16 years. We have 3 amazing children. They are 15, 7, and 6. My family and I really love the outdoors. Any activity that takes us to new and exciting locations filled with fun, food, and laughter is how we enjoy our free time.

I have been teaching for 6 1/2 years. I have my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I am also Gifted Endorsed, ESOL certified, and Special Education certified. I am excited to work with the amazing students, staff, and families here at Specialedresource.com and I look forward to our adventures in learning.


Andra Fust

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...the impact educators have on others can be contagious..."


The impact educators have on others can be contagious. It wasn’t until I worked under an amazing teacher as a paraprofessional that I found my passion for working with students with very unique needs. Through my experience in working with students with disabilities, I have grown to love being on my student's team to break down obstacles and challenges they face with learning. The ability to make learning fun and engaging through creative ways for each individuals’ needs gives me a great sense of fulfillment.

I graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education in 2019. While working on my B.S. degree, I was able to teach full time under a special license, which allowed me to immediately apply what I was learning to my classroom and students. I plan to obtain my Master’s degree in Special Education-Developmental Disabilities in May of 2021. For the past six years, I have worked with students with a variety of disabilities, mostly with severe developmental disabilities, to reach their full potential in academic and life skills goals.

As a teacher, I find it essential to be my students' biggest advocate and cheerleader to help them learn and grow--not only academically but physically and mentally as well. The feeling of wanting to do more to work with students who need extra help has to lead me to the opportunity to provide support services in an online format through tutoring.


Mary Bolin

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...relationships build the foundation of education..."


Mary believes that relationships build the foundation of education and that education should be a collaborative and ongoing partnership between children, parents, and teachers. Raised by parents who taught her that the most important thing in life is to make a difference, she has been teaching children of all ages for over 20 years in a variety of environments and capacities.

Mary holds a BA in Psychology and an M.Ed. She fell in love with all things education while substitute teaching in college. Since then, she has taught in elementary, middle, and secondary public schools, students’ homes, a wilderness camp, and from her home. Mary has also written curricula and developed programs for Character Education, Career Education, and Life Skills. She has taught online for 6 years and has a deep understanding of the challenges of online teaching, how to engage students in an online classroom, and the importance of relationship-building in virtual education.

Mary is an enthusiastic, warm, kind, fun, and engaging teacher. Her students fill her with joy and unwavering energy. She believes that teachers must find ways to make what they are teaching relevant to each student’s experiences. She isn’t teaching or studying, she enjoys gardening, hiking and camping with her husband and their teenage son, and cooking.


Jodi Crawfis

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"... each child has a different learning style and are each gifted in special ways..."


Jodi has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education, Mild Interventions for grades k-12 from The University of Akron and is a licensed Interventionist in the state of Ohio. She also earned a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Akron in 2004. At the beginning of her career, Jodi began working as 3rd-5th grade resource room teacher. Over her 10 years in a brick and mortar setting, she has taught a variety of students in the resource room setting as well as team taught in an inclusion setting.

After taking a few years off to be a stay at home mom, Jodi returned to the classroom, but this time in the virtual setting. For the last five years, Jodi has worked as a 4th-6th grade Intervention Specialist for an on-line school and has learned how to take some of the traditional ways of teaching a concept and incorporate them into an on-line environment. Even though she does not get to see or work with her students in a traditional setting, it is important for her to build a relationship with each of her students and to help them enjoy learning on-line. It is Jodi’s belief that each child has a different learning style and are each gifted in special ways. It is when these qualities are discovered and nurtured that a child is able to learn and grow into their own unique person.


Clayton Tuttle

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"... Clayton’s philosophy is to treat people the way they need to be treated..."


Clayton has earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Master’s Degrees in Special Education and Educational Leadership. He has been working with students with various learning and behavioral disabilities for over 8 years.

Clayton’s philosophy is to treat people the way they need to be treated. His goal as an educator is to help students discover confidence and enjoyment in learning. Clayton believes that positivity, consistency, and honesty are key principles of learning.

Clayton enjoys spending time with his wife, two kids, and a dog. He loves to laugh, sports, music, food, cars, animals, traveling, and nature.


Mary Simmons

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"... Mary has been teaching Language Arts for 18 years..."


Mary has been teaching Language Arts for 18 years at the same amazing middle school she was lucky enough to attend when she was a student.

She earned a Master's Degree in Special Education from West Virginia University. Being a teacher was a lifelong dream.

Mary’s true passion has always been reaching students at their level, because that’s where true education can begin. Creating relationships with students first, makes reaching and teaching children much easier. Mary absolutely loves being a part of the Aha moments in the journey of education! Her life’s work is best summed up in the motto, "The Best Teacher Educates with Their Hearts, Not Just Their Minds!"


Colleen Gallagher

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...Prior to her career in education, Colleen was a lawyer for the ..."


Prior to her career in education, Colleen was a lawyer for the NYC Police Department. She felt the law was not truly her passion and, after moving to North Carolina, she decided to pursue a career in education. She has a Master’s Degree in Special Education and an Advanced Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Colleen has taught Special Education kindergarten through 12th grade and various exceptionalities. The diversity of her students has helped Colleen develop as a teacher who differentiates instruction based on the needs of her students. Her favorite aspect of teaching is discovering teaching strategies that assist students in learning.

Colleen strives to encourage lifelong learning in all her students. This is accomplished through a variety of instructional strategies including: considering the learning styles of her students, using technology for instruction and actively engaging her students. She teaches her students responsibility, critical and creative thinking, problem solving and communication skills. She engages in reflective practice and encourages open communication with parents. It is Colleen’s
belief that every child can learn and we must communicate high expectations for all of our students.

Colleen enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters. She loves animals and has a small “petting zoo”, including beagles, cats, a guinea pig, a rabbit, turtles, goats, ducks and chickens. She likes to spend her weekends participating in dog shows with her beagles. Colleen doesn’t look at teaching as a job, but as an experience to help all students reach their maximum potential.


Seth Thomas

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"... compassionate special educator who has been working with folks with disabilities..."


Seth Thomas is a compassionate special educator who has been working with folks with disabilities for over 10 years. Seth teaches with joy and laughter on the basis that relationships are key to building investment. He believes that all children deserve great educators who can reach them on their level.

Seth has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Saint Mary's College of California and a Masters of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership in Special Education from Oklahoma State University. He has worked in a variety of settings with infants-adults both with and without disabilities. He has worked as an elementary special education teacher for the last 4 years and previously at a special education middle and high school.

Seth loves to read, especially science fiction, and is passionate about sharing the joy of reading with students. Seth is excited to utilize interactive online learning tools to engage students on an individual basis.


Madison Lund

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

"...fair is every child gets what the need to succeed..."


Madison Lund is an educator raised by educators. From a young age Madison found her passion in teaching Special Education. After graduating from St. Lawrence University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Madison went on to attain her master’s degree in Moderate Disabilities ages PreK-12th grade from Lesley University.

Her experience in the field has helped her to gain true understanding of what her professors had preached during her grad school days that is that when it comes to educating students fair is not equal, fair is every child gets what the need to succeed!

Madison taught her first four years in Boston, MA and is currently on her second year of teaching in the English Language Arts field at the Middle School level in Charlotte, NC. After Covid-19 impacted the lives of educators, students, and families Madison has truly fallen in love with the potential of remote learning and is excited to join the team at SpecialEducationResource to continue to make strong students even stronger!

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.