Special Education Advocacy and Consultation

The special education system can be difficult to navigate.

Do you need: Help to determine what services and placements to ask for? Support at IEP meetings? Securing services through a 504 or an IEP? Help with questions as they arise? Navigating every step of the special education journey?

About Me

I have 30 years experience in special education as a teacher and program specialist working with professionals, parents, and students with IEPs and 504 plans. My educational background includes a Bachelors in Music Therapy, Masters of Science in Special Education, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Curricuum and Instruction. My passion lies with building the best supportive teams for our students to attain the best outcomes. I have worked with families, administrators, support providers, and advocates to build teams and effect individual solutions for students' unique needs. 
Team-Building. Collaboration. Compassion

I’m always happy to talk about how I can best serve your child.

Consultation: Online or telephone support to answer your specific questions, get clarification, strategize for meetings, review IEPs and make recommendations.

Direct Support: Comprehensive support inclusive of an intake meeting, observation, strategic planning and support to attain appropriate services, attendance at IEP or 504 meetings.

Our communication starts with your child: understanding what your child needs so we can discuss options that make sense.

“Mary demonstrates an extensive knowledge of special education laws and procedures. She is also exceptionally nurturing to the students. She creates a thriving learning environment; she collaborates with colleagues and makes strong, trusting relationships with the parents.”

Karen Russell, Director of Special Education, TriValley SELPA, Fremont Unified School District

Dr. De Leon consistently offeres academic, social, behavioral, and emotional support to her students and their families. I regularly appreciate her keen discernment for providing accurate insight in challenging situations and working toward an amicable resolution for all parties involved.”

Raymond Santos, Program Specialist, Fremont Unified School District

I have supervised and worked with Mary directly in my role as Special Education Director and have found her to be a caring professional with extensive experience who is a strong student advocate, knowledgeable about the entire continuum of special education supports and services.”

Ilja Van Laar, Executive Director Special Education Services, Sequoia Union High School District

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