Wednesday, April 9, 2014

National Volunteer Week 2014, Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Sue!

  "Sue is an invaluable resource for our office and for all our advocates.  Her knowledge of the way the school system works and especially how special education works has helped many advocates get the best results for their assigned children when working through the IEP process.  Sue shows the same level of care and commitment to her role as Education Specialist in our office as she did when she was working her first case."
~Pete Skarda, Advocate Supervisor

Sue is a retired Special Education teacher and first learned about CASA when a child Advocate attended her parent-teacher meeting. She has been a CASA volunteer for 6 years, first as an Advocate and now as an Education Specialist in the office. Her favorite part about volunteering is working with other volunteers and staff.

What do you do during a typical shift?  How does this fit into CASA as a whole? I support CASAs and staff by supporting them with help regarding educational issues. I create court documents regarding educational rights, advise CASAs on the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process, attend school meetings with CASAs, present training on educational issues, conduct interviews for the Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) grant, and prepare court documents for Advocate Supervisors.

Why do you volunteer for CASA? I wanted to make a difference by helping children in a different way than I had as a teacher.

What have you learned during your time at CASA? What a positive impact CASA has on children in the foster care system.

To anyone interested in volunteering for CASA, Sue says simply: “You can positively change a child’s life”.

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