Donna McCarthy

Donna was a special education teacher and case manager on the secondary level for sixteen years. This gave her the opportunity to acquire experience as a member of  both the CSE and 504 Committees. She is very familiar with the administration, scoring and interpretation of academic testing. Donna was both a co-teacher and teacher of children in a self-contained setting and is well-versed with in the unique needs of special education students in both academic settings. She has strong empathy for families who may experience anxiety in attending CSE/504 meetings because she is also the parent of a son who had a 504 Plan. As a teacher and case manager, Donna has a great understanding of regulations  governing CSE/504 meetings as well as the roles of participating teachers, administrators, and chairpeople.

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Selena started her career in the field of special education in 1981. She has over 30 years’ experience and has worked as a special education teacher, academic evaluator, Assistant Director of Special Education and Director of Special Education. In 2013, she earned a Ph.D. in Special Education Leadership. She has a sound knowledge base in special education/504 regulations as she has participated in numerous CSE/504 meetings as a teacher, administrator and chairperson. Selena has worked collaboratively with parents to help navigate them through the special education/504 system. She is empathetic to the various needs of students and has worked diligently with parents and school staff to ensure appropriate supports are in place.    

Marjorie spent over 30 years as a special education teacher and reading specialist.  She has represented students in countless CSE meetings and is well-versed in academic strategies and classroom accommodations that benefit students.  She also has a great understanding of what services districts have available to assist students in need of special education support.  Marjorie is always professional and supportive, and has a great ability to "bridge the gap" between parents and district personnel.

Selena Fischer

Helping families navigate Special Education services

Open Doors Educational Advocates

Our philosophy
Each child is unique, and has their own strengths and challenges when it comes to learning.  Open Doors believes that each child deserves the appropriate support and assistance to reach his/her greatest potential.

Our commitment 
Open Doors Educational Advocates are committed to working with both families and school districts as a team, in an environment of cooperation, not animosity.  We work to ensure that teachers, administrators, service providers, and families have the same goal in mind--your child's educational success. 

Our experience
Our staff has over 30 years experience in the field of special education as teachers, counselors, and administrators.  We understand the system from the inside, so we know what students are entitled to and what school districts are able to provide.  We use this knowledge to create a positive relationship between families and the CSE.

Our Advocates

Patricia Eger
Patty began teaching special education in 1990. She has worked with all grade levels from preschool to high school, as well as with Early Intervention services for children age 2 and under.  Patty also has personal experience as the parent of a special needs child.  She brings her experience from both the school and parent perspectives to help you understand what services will benefit your child, and how to take some of the stress out of parenting a child with special needs.

Triesha Foglia-Edwards

Triesha started her educational career in 1992 as a school psychologist, evaluating students to determine special education eligibility as well as providing counseling for students' emotional needs.  She received her certification as a school district administrator in 2004, and is a chairperson for the Committees on Special Education and Preschool Special Education.  Triesha is well-versed in the laws and regulations that govern special education and the rights that special needs children and their families are entitled to.

Jeanne Daum
Jeanne has over 30 years experience in the classroom at the elementary and secondary levels. She worked as a reading specialist and offered writing/math support while overseeing special education services at the building level. Her experience in academic testing, heading building level Child Study Teams, Case Management of Section 504 Plans and presenting initial referrals/annual reviews to the CSE have given her a unique insight into the process. Jeanne works positively with parents, administrators, teachers, and students to ensure each student receives the most appropriate supports for academic success.

Marjorie Fox