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STATEMENT OF GOALS

As a member-at-large I would like to contribute to the overall strategic goals of the organization focusing on the following:

  • Mentor and support systems for new teachers as they learn how to advocate for equal rights and access for students. Advocacy is generally not a skill preservice teacher are taught.
  • Collaborate with other disability support organizations in advocating for equal rights and access through state and federal policy
  • Support national and international collaborations to benefit individuals with IDD
  • Connect researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and organizations necessary for effective advocacy, policy, and practice
  • Promote inclusive education and employment
  • Promote the awareness and impact of post-secondary education

 

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: 

Current Position:
Executive Director (2010- present), REACH Program at the College of Charleston

Previous Position:
Special Education Teacher: Nationally Board Certified (1990-2010)

Education:
BS -  Special Education, College of Charleston 1990

AAIDD Participation:
Executive Committee Member,  AAIDD South Carolina Chapter (SCAAIDD)

Activities/Awards:

  • LeadLearnLive Advisory Board Member
  • Southeastern Post-Secondary Education Alliance (SEPSEA) Founding Member
  • South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation: Team Berkeley Auxiliary Team Member
    • TedXCharleston Talk on post-secondary education for students with intellectual disabilities
    • Mayor proclaims Dec 3 Edie Cusack Day in the City of Charleston for dedication to the field of disability
    • Proclamation of Lifetime Achievement from Governor of SC
    • ExCEL Award (Administrator of the Year) - Nominated
    • ExCEL Award (Alexander Sanders Legacy for Outstanding Public Service) - Nominated
    • ExCEL Award (Presidential Legacy Humanitarian Award)- Nominated
    • Teacher of the Year Honor Roll Teacher
    • Buddy Walk Outstanding Educator Award
    • National Board Candidate Coach
    • Grant Writer
    • Online instructional videos related to the levels and dynamics of students in special
  • Education, forum of students with IDD and without discussing the experience of being part of inclusive  education, Universal Design of Learning in the classroom, etc.


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