Mary-Anne knew nothing of special education but fell into it by accident when she saw an advertisement that asked, “Would you like to be a special education teacher?” After meeting with a professor at the University of Oregon, she decided that she would indeed like to be a special education teacher. Since that time, Mary-Anne’s career has revolved around special education. She has been a special education teacher, administrator, professor, compliance investigator, mediator, writer, and attorney. She has taught special education law and methods courses for 25 years in Oregon and Washington. Mary-Anne and her friend and mentor, Barbara Bateman, are currently planning a 6th edition of their book, Better IEPs: How to Develop Legally Correct and Educationally Useful Programs.
Knowing the law is necessary but not sufficient in navigating the special education maze. Because of her broad experience in special education, Mary-Anne is knowledgeable about assessment, curriculum, instruction, and team collaboration, all of which play important roles in the development and implementation of special education plans designed to meet the unique educational needs of students who have disabilities. Mary-Anne is committed to helping parents secure the special education services their children need.
Mary-Anne has earned degrees in Russian (BA), Special Education (MS), Educational Leadership (PhD), and Law (JD). She enjoys running, hiking, quilting, knitting, reading, and word games. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, and large extended family.