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communication leadership Apr 17, 2022

#LeadandLift | Episode 31 | Teresa Cherry-Cruz

Did you know that Special Education is a doorway for opportunity?

Special education should focus on improving the quality of life of the child and not compliance.

Teresa Cherry-Cruz and I met in an Accountability Group in the John Maxwell community.  We supported each other through that program and then Teresa became my coaching client to extract her corporate knowledge and create a program that can make a difference in the school system and in each child’s life.

Teresa is a licensed certified speech Language Pathologist and for more than 30 years she has served in the educational arena as the Director of Speech Language and hearing Services.

  Here’s what you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Special Education to meet the unique needs of children
  • How special education programs are developed
  • The compliance laws and federal mandates surrounding special education
  • The benefits, features and promise of special education

I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did and the next time you hear about Special Education you remember to place the focus and attention on the child. 

Here’s a glance at this episode:

  • The mission of special education is to provide those students who have special needs with development opportunities and a learning process to improve their quality of life
  • The T.E.A.M.S process is about shifting our mindset from compliance to commitment
  • Special education service is a doorway for opportunity
  • Look to see if the team in intentional and the child is the center of design


 "Whatever steps we take, we're always connected to somebody else's first steps and children grow into the conversations we have with them, about them and around them." —  Teresa Cherry-Cruz 

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