The legalities within special education in New York State are many. Parents are often unsure of what their child needs to succeed and what the school district can and should be doing for their child. Open Doors Educational Advocates work with families in Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, and throughout the Hudson Valley to gain understanding of your child's special needs, the supports within your school district, and how to maximize those supports to ensure that your child receives the free and appropriate public education they are entitled to.
We also can present to your PTA, SEPTA, or other parent organizations on a variety of special education topics. Let us know what your organization needs and we will be happy to create a presentation for you!
Triesha started her educational career in 1992 as a school psychologist, evaluating students to determine special education eligibility as well as providing counseling for students' emotional needs. She received her certification as a school district administrator in 2004, and is a chairperson for the Committees on Special Education and Preschool Special Education. Triesha is well-versed in the laws and regulations that govern special education and the rights that special needs children and their families are entitled to.
Patty began teaching special education in 1990. She has worked with all grade levels from preschool to high school, as well as with Early Intervention services for children age 2 and under. Patty also has personal experience as the parent of a special needs child. She brings her experience from both the school and parent perspectives to help you understand what services will benefit your child, and how to take some of the stress out of parenting a child with special needs.
Selena started her career in the field of special education in 1981. She has over 30 years’ experience and has worked as a special education teacher, academic evaluator, Assistant Director of Special Education and Director of Special Education. In 2013, she earned a Ph.D. in Special Education Leadership. She has a sound knowledge base in special education/504 regulations as she has participated in numerous CSE/504 meetings as a teacher, administrator and chairperson. Selena has worked collaboratively with parents to help navigate them through the special education/504 system. She is empathetic to the various needs of students and has worked diligently with parents and school staff to ensure appropriate supports are in place.
Lea started her education career in 1984 teaching students that were court placed in a residential facility, always being sure to be an advocate for the students she worked with. With over 35 years’ experience in special education, Lea has worked as a special education teacher, academic evaluator, Assistant Director of Special Education and Director of Special Education. Lea has been a CSE chairperson since 1990 and brings her expertise and experience in chairing CSE/ CPSE and 504 meetings prioritizing a child’s educational needs, providing the supports they require and maintaining a positive relationship with the families she works with.
Christine began her teaching career in 2004. Shortly after she started, she was given an opportunity to work with high school students in a vocational setting. She developed a passion for working with special needs students, and with helping them transition out of high school to achieve their post-secondary goals. Christine also has a child with special needs, which allows her to better understand the challenges of navigating the world of IEPs. Christine brings her knowledge as a teacher and parent to help other parents achieve success for their children.
Linda says that she started her career in grade school. As an upper grade student, she was given the chance to work with younger students and her passion for helping children was solidified. In 1982, ILinda became a Special Education teacher and since then has devoted herself to supporting the needs of students. Linda's career spans over 30 years, working with students from kindergarten through 12th grade and giving her the opportunity to follow the path students go through from elementary, middle and finally high school. In addition to being a self-contained, resource room and co-teacher, Linda also spent several years as a CSE Chairperson and became well versed on the legalities of Special Education, working with parents, advocates and administrators to ensure that everyone was given the opportunity to be heard. Linda is grateful to have the opportunity to once again support parents as they seek the best path for their child.