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Rebecca joined the Co-op in August of 2015. In her work, she actively supports DC charter schools in developing and delivering high quality secondary transition services to students with disabilities in grades 8-12. Rebecca founded "DC3C Exploring Career, College and Community", the Co-op's first Secondary Transition Program. She has worked to develop innovative student programming such as the Spring Break Program which addresses job-readiness skills, and Next Steps, an event where teachers and students explore post-secondary vocational education programs in DC. In addition to designing and managing student programming, Rebecca also supports schools in increasing Transition compliance and linkages with outside agencies for student success post high school (e.g. RSA or DDA).
Before joining the Co-op, Rebecca taught for 8 years in DC Public and DC Public Charter schools where she served in many capacities: a lead English teacher in co-taught classes, a special education teacher in English and World History classes, a special education case manager, and a remedial class teacher. A highlight of her teaching time was spent developing a "certificate" course of study for high school students with disabilities that were not able to earn a diploma. It was then that Rebecca found her love of transition!
Originally from Ohio, Rebecca holds a BA from University of North Carolina in English Language and Sociology, Social and Economic Justice, an MAT in Secondary English from American University, and an Ed.D in Special Education with research on culturally linguistically diverse families and students from the George Washington University.