Katrina Copeland My name is Katrina Copeland and I am an English 1 co-teacher and Academic Seminar (Resource) teacher, along with Special Education Department Head at Byrnes Freshman Academy in Duncan...
For as long as I can remember, I have always been inspired and drawn to children that arrived to school everyday despite challenges at home and various learning styles. My heart broke for these students who were repeatedly dismissed by educators that were not trained to meet their needs, were sent to the office or quite literally banished from the classroom. Students that were seen as “bad” were sent to other schools, and we never saw them again. When educators supported these children by simply listening, opening their hearts and showing compassion, I couldn’t help but notice the difference.
Stacie has been a special education teacher for nine years, the most recent eight at Glasgow High School, where she works with students with moderate to severe disabilities ranging in age from 14 to...
Sheila Vander Tuig is a special education vocational/transition coordinator with the East Central Kansas Cooperative in Education. In her role supporting students from three Kansas high schools, Ms. Vander Tuig continually demonstrates her passion to enhance postsecondary outcomes using a strengths-based approach, like CEC’s founder Elizabeth Farrell. Ms. Vander Tuig seeks out partnerships with community-based organizations and universities above and beyond her responsibilities in the classroom to bring innovative programs and projects that promote the success of all students she supports.
Tim McCammon is a teacher that champions all students and whose leadership is renowned throughout his school district. As well as being a Special Education Resource Teacher in an Autism Spectrum Disorder classroom, he is a leader and developer of an after-school skills development program.
The future Dr. Thornton is a mathematics endorsement carrier, a beacon of light facilitator, special education teacher, Speech & debate team coach in Bloomington, Illinois. He holds a bachelor of science in secondary education mathematics, a master’s in special education, and his Ed.D will be in Special Education from Illinois State University. In addition, Mr. Thornton was a teacher of the year finalist this past school year at Bloomington High School in the midst of the pandemic.
Nick D. Polcini has served as a special educator for about 21 years in the field. He has been a middle school teacher and a high school teacher working with kids with Learning Disabilities and Autism. Nick graduated from West Chester University of PA in 2000 in Special Education and earned his M. Ed. In Special Education with an area of concentration in Secondary Transition at WCU in 2005. Nick currently teaches as a special education teacher at B. Reed Henderson High School in the West Chester Area School District in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sasha Scott has an EDD in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Special Education from Grand Canyon University. Dr. Scott was in first grade when she was exposed to a peer who received special education services in the self-contained setting. Outside looking in people saw a helmet, drool, bib, and a nonverbal child. To Sasha, she saw a friend lit up the room with a smile. Sasha’s first-grade teacher always said she would become a special education teacher. And she was right. Dr. Scott continued working with students with disabilities in high school in the classroom.
I am new to the role of special education consulting teacher this school year. Prior to this position, I taught a high school Life Skills program for students with intellectual disabilities. I have a dual certification in elementary education and special education, K-21, and am currently working towards a M.S. in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. I have a passion for teaching and facilitating the development of independence.