I have an undergraduate degree in Education from Furman University, and a master's and doctorate from Vanderbilt University in special education and not-for-profit management / school administration. I have taught for almost 20 years in various settings including private schools, hospitals, and public schools, and I am a National Board Certified Exceptional Needs Specialist. My first love is teaching in the special education classroom, and I have high progress literacy and math success with the students I teach. In addition, I am a fierce advocate for children's rights, am a court-certified expert witness in the areas of special education, child abuse, and public schools, and I serve tirelessly in the nexus of these topics. I collaborate with parents, private attorneys, and civil rights groups to ensure that children receive the services and justice to which they are entitled. I serve on several state-level committees related to children, adolescents, and families. I am a sought after speaker and trainer on these topics, having spoken at Law Enforcement / Safe Schools trainings, on the steps of the State House with the Governor, and on Capital Hill. I am the mother of six children adopted from foster care, all of whom have special needs. My most important and humbling job is being the mother to six children adopted from foster care, all with special needs.
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