COPAA SEAT II Graduate (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates-Special Education Advocate Training II) and COPAA Member
Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Practicum
William and Mary Law School Special Education Advocacy Certificate Program
SPAN (Special Needs Advocacy Network) Board Member, 20+ CEs
Boston Medical Center Ease Clinic Volunteer
Federation for Children with Special Needs Training and Internship
Lesley College, M.Ed
Boston College, B.A.
Margie is a professional advocate and educational consultant, helping families and their children with special needs to obtain the services and individualized instruction necessary to meet their unique needs and make effective progress in school.
“Each case I work on is a priority for me and I dedicate my time and attention to understanding the student’s disability and needs by analyzing school reports, IEPs, 504s, and evaluations, as well as understanding the concerns and goals of the parents. I support parents by being there for them and following through, participating in school and IEP meetings and acting as their second voice to speak up for them at school meetings and draft written correspondence with school districts. I work with school personnel in a collaborative way, treating all those involved with dignity and respect, while working towards the best possible outcome for the child.”
“I know how challenging it can be for a parent to advocate for a child with special needs, as I have been there myself. The journey through the special education world can be difficult, and I'm glad to share my knowledge and expertise with other parents to help them navigate the process. I often think back to my own advocate and mentor who turned around my daughter’s life, while empowering me to understand how to successfully advocate for my child. She suggested that I become an advocate, which prompted me to train as a professional advocate. I often think of her as I continue in her footsteps.”