“Several years ago, my son with special needs, was attending an approved private school for children with autism. I do not want to rehash the events that occurred, but I do want to express my gratitude to Kristin Meyer.
In all of my experiences with my son, I have never met someone from a school who was such a fierce advocate for my child. I am a special education teacher, and have my doctorate in education, so I am well prepared and knowledgeable when it comes to IEP meetings. I generally go in with notes and changes that I would like made to the IEP.
Usually, this is met with great resistance even though I am an equal player on the IEP team. Ms. Meyer impressed me. She spoke to the team and advocated on my behalf. She rewrote the IEP many times and worked with her staff to ensure that the goals, SDIs, and outcomes were understood by the team. She was instrumental in creating appropriate data sheets, training the team on data collection, and ensuring the progress was reported properly and appropriately. One would think that when your child attends an APS, they would be at the top of their knowledge on topics such as special education, IEPs, interventions, etc. However, this was not my experience until Ms. Meyer came in our second year and saved our child from being sidelined.
She valued and respected our thoughts, ideas, and input. This is sadly an anomaly in special education. I do not think we would have remained at the school had it not been for Ms. Meyer. She gave us the confidence and security of knowing there was someone who cared and someone who understood our goals for our child. Ms. Meyers’ depth of knowledge concerning IEPs was impressive. If I was in need of an advocate for my child, Ms. Meyer would without a doubt be my go-to. She is knowledgeable, passionate, and not afraid to have tough conversations.”