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Diana Chase, M.S.

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

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

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.

Taylor Fulcher

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

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

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

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

SPECIAL EDUCATION EXPERT

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

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

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

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.

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.