Susan is the Director of Vermont Sensory Access Project and Statewide Consultant for the Vermont I-Team. Susan serves the Northeast region as an Educational Consultant (a shared position with Statewide Consultant Emma Nelson). She has a Master of Education in Special Education and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Susan has been a Research Associate Professor at the University of Vermont since 1997 and has published numerous articles for journals in the Special Education field. Susan has extensive experience in Collaborative Teamwork and working with students with Cortical Visual Impairment and Deafblindness. Susan has taught and mentored many people in the field of Intensive Special Education.
Cheryl M. Jorgensen, Ph.D., is a Statewide Educational Consultant for the Vermot I-Team, and was previously a project director with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire, and assistant research professor at UNH’s Education Department. She was a founder of the National Center for Inclusive Education and collaborates with the US Department of Education SWIFT project. Dr. Jorgensen has authored several books, including The Inclusion Facilitator’s Guide and The Beyond Access Model. She recently authored a manual for the National Education Association on teaching students with autism in general education classrooms.
Valerie Leclair is the I-Team Referral Specialist and Adobe Connect Coordinator for CDCI. She has a BA in Elementary education with a concentration in studio art. She currently holds a K-6 VT State Teaching License. For over ten years Valerie has worked in classrooms supporting children of all abilities.
Darren is the Director of the Vermont I-Team. He holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and is working on his dissertation to fulfill degree requirements for a Doctor of Education in Administrative Leadership of Teachers and Learners. Darren has previously worked as the Director of Student Support Services for the Rutland Southwest Supervisory Union, and has experience as a Special Education Teacher.
Barbara is a Deaf-Blindness Consultant for the Vermont I-Team. She holds both a Master of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master of Education in Deaf-Blind Education. Barbara has previously worked as a Sign Language Teacher and has extensive experience as a Communication Consultant.
Emma is a Statewide Educational Consultant and the Coordinator of the Vermont Sensory Access Project. In this role, she provides technical assistance, consultation, and training to educational teams serving students with significant disabilities and deafblindness. Emma serves the Northeast region as an Educational Consultant (a shared position with Statewide Consultant Susan Edelman). Emma holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Special Education from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College and a Masters in Special Education in Severe Disabilities and Deafblindness from The City University of New York Hunter College. Emma is certified as an early childhood special educator and has taught preschool students with disabilities in both self contained and inclusion settings. She also has served as an itinerant preschool and early intervention home-based service provider and evaluator. Emma recently moved from New York where she served as an Educational Consultant with the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative providing technical assistance to school teams and families for children with dual sensory loss. Emma has been trained in Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) and the CVI Range through an interstate partnership with state deafblind projects and Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy. Emma also has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Hunter College Graduate School of Education. .
Maureen is an Augmentative Communication Consultant for the Vermont I-Team. She holds a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and participated in the Augmentative and Alternative Communication Program through the U.S. Department of Education Training Grant. Maureen is a Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist and an experienced Augmentative Communication Specialist.
Susan Shapiro is a Statewide Educational Consultant with the Vermont I-Team. She has worked as an educational consultant at the Institute on Disability, and taught graduate courses on inclusive education, at the University of New Hampshire. Currently she is on the faculty at Plymouth State University where she coordinates a graduate level teacher education program in elementary education that prepares inclusive classroom teachers. She consults and presents nationally, and authors a blog for SWIFT Schools, a federally-funded national special education project working to create schools that give all children access to social and academic curriculum.
Deborah A Sharpe
Deb Sharpe is a Statewide Occupational Therapist for the Vermont I-Team. She holds a Master of Occupational Therapy degree and is certified RESNA as an Assistive Technology Practitioner. She was previously employed by the Chittenden East Supervisory Union and by Associates in Physical and Occupational Therapy, and has extensive experience in providing collaborative OT services in home, school, community, and clinical settings.
Amy is an Educational Speech Pathologist certified by the Vermont State Board of Education. Prior to joining the Vermont I-Team, Amy was the Augmentative Communication Consultant for the South Burlington School District. Concurrently, she served as an SLP and co-teacher in the Essential Early Education program in South Burlington. Amy completed her undergraduate degreee at the University of Vermont (UVM). She has a Masters of Science degree from UVM in Communication Sciences. Amy is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and has a certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech- Language Pathology.
Tamra Yandow: Tamra is a Statewide Physical Therapist for the Vermont I-Team. She has extensive experience working in a number of collaborative team settings, and has worked internationally in third world countries. She concurrently assists in teaching the pediatric lab course to the DPT students at UVM.
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