Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor
History of Special Education, Inclusion, Museum Access for People with Developmental Variations, Special Education Law, Transition Services
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
Education is a promise. Each day, we make a promise to children, parents, and society that we will honor the potential that is in each student, without exception. We cannot keep this promise while working in isolation. Education is truly an effort that requires collaboration on the part of all stakeholders: student, parent, teacher, administration, and community. The failure to collaborate results in a broken promise with lifelong consequences for the student.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
I have had the good fortune to work with children and their families in communities throughout New York City, and have collaborated with parent agencies on a number of initiatives. I have spent much of my administrative career in support of schools and their efforts to provide educational benefit for all of their students. I have had the opportunity to write a professional development manual and provide training for first year school psychologists and social workers. In addition, I have collaborated on a manual for transition services for secondary students. I have had the opportunity to train administrators, teachers, and parents throughout the city on issues related to the quality delivery of special education support services.
Recent Professional Contributions
Since coming to Bank Street, I have enjoyed having the opportunity to work with students on making their coursework applicable to their work in schools, as well as in cultural institutions such as museums.
- Ed.D., Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University
- M.Ed., Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University
- M.A., Special Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
- B.A., Liberal Arts, College of the Holy Cross
Selected Publications and Presentations
O’Shea, S. (1996). Does special education experience make a difference in inclusion? Impact on Instructional Improvement/New York State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 25(2), 48-53.