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.
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.
Dara began her career as a Special Education Teacher in 1995, after working for a number or years with children and adults in residential facilities. In 2015 Dara became an administrator in a school for children with special needs and recently retired in2022.
Child and family advocacy has always been a priority for Dara. Having a son with special needs was the initial catalyst for her to learn the ins and outs of the CSE process. As a teacher and as an administrator, Dara has always advocated for the students she served and was always there to support families as well.
While a teacher, Dara worked with students as young as 18 months all the way up to age 21 and everything in between. Helping students with different needs has always been a challenge that Dara enjoyed to the fullest.