Special Education Support

Melissa J

Special Education, Disability Empowerment, Tutoring

Melissa is a Texas native, originally from the Houston area. She moved to Austin to study at the University of Texas at Austin and to enjoy the eclectic urban culture. She completed her undergraduate degree at UT Austin and her Master’s degree in Special Education at Texas Tech University. Melissa also obtained an educational diagnostician certification at Texas Tech.

Originally on a path to law school, Melissa instead pursued her passion for educational equity through work in the public school system. She has since taught, coached educators, developed educational programming, overseen the foundation of a district life skills program, and worked for education reform at charter schools.

Melissa has a strong passion for special education, specifically working with families and schools to create inclusive, holistic, and rigorous experiences for all learners. Having navigated many school cultures and arrays of resources, Melissa feels strongly that the parent and school can share an empowered partnership that promotes student success. She also believes that children with learning differences should be knowledgeable about their needs and learning styles, so that they can be their own best advocates!

Melissa's Services

  • Service 1: “My child received a diagnosis… Now what?”
  • Service 2: “I suspect my child may have a developmental or learning difference. Where do I start?”
  • Service 3: Navigating the IEP Process
  • Service 4: Disability Awareness & Education
  • Service 5: Special Education Tutoring

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