Helping parents find their way...

And becoming the advocate they want to be.

I am longtime advocate of the special education community and the author of The Journey of Special Education and How to Have a Great School Year, informational resources to help special needs parents with the special education process. I have my Masters of Arts in Special Education, a Masters of Arts in Counseling, an Educational Specialist degree in Teaching and Learning and over fifteen years of experience teaching and working with students who have a variety of disabilities. I believe that early intervention is the key to helping children succeed and am passionate about educating young children. I also provide additional resources for special needs parents on this website I currently reside in New Jersey with my husband and two children. 


Areas of Expertise

  • special needs
  • disabilities
  • counseling
  • advocacy
  • parental rights
  • educational planning
  • behavior modification
  • early intervention
  • curriculum planning

Degrees, Certification and Affiliations

  • Bachelor's degree in Psychology
  • Master's degree in Counseling
  • Master's degree in Special Education
  • Educational Specialist degree in Teaching and Learning
  • State certified Special Education Teacher
  • State certified Elementary Education Teacher
  • State certified in Behavior Disorders
  • Member of COPAA

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Why Beyond Special Education?

Beyond Special Education was started to help struggling parents understand the complexities of special education. Nicole brings her experience as a former special education teacher and counselor to help parents understand how to interact in IEP meetings, how to advocate for their child and what they should know about their parental rights.
If you are a special needs parents who is overwhelmed by the special education process, you need an advocate. Parents need to know what is within their rights and how to find research-based instructional strategies that work. It can be challenging for parents to maneuver the IEP process and all of the different responsibilities that come with being a parent of a special needs child. For this reason alone, you need a professional who is on your side.