With backgrounds as educators and specialists, our team has extensive experience in UDL, AT, and AAC. Our aim is to effectively share our expertise with other educators so that we can
provide amazing learning experiences for ALL students
Meet Our Team
Jillian King, SLP
Improvement & Support
Jillian is the heart & soul of
the Assistive Technology Program
at PCOE. She has dedicated many years developing a program which provides much needed training
and resources to local and
regional educators. By doing
this, she is helping to ensure that
ALL students have access to the curriculum. Jillian and her
husband are enjoying
the start of the empty nest
years by squeezing in travel whenever they can,
Costa Rica, and Italy!
Jill McCann, M.S., SpEd.
An Assistive Technology Specialist
by day and an artist by night...
Jill has been a huge UDL fan
during her 18 years working in
the AT/EdTech field. She holds an Eduacation Specialist credential,
AT Certificate, and is our resident Google gal. She is also a
contributor and presenter at professional development
workshops, and works diligently researching strategies and digital resources which support students
and educators. She gets her
creativity fix at work by creating content and websites (like this one!)
Maureen Bern, OTR/L, ATP
Assistive Technology Specialist
When she's not hiking
the mountains of Northern California or tending to her grapes, Maureen brings a wealth of experience as an
Assistive Technology Specialist
with a background as an Occupational Therapist in
K-12 settings. She is a mentor and trainer to our ACA Coaches,
supports teams in the Assistive Technology consideration process, and also a contributor and presenter at professional development workshops.
SELPA Program Specialist
For the past 20 years, Jennifer has
worked in a variety of settings. She
holds both a Secondary Single Subject
and Education Specialist credential
and currently works as a Program Specialist supporting districts and
school sites in Special Education, UDL,
and UDL Implementation. She does
this through training, demo lessons and professional development. Jennifer has attended CAST trainer of trainers and
holds a Learning Designed UDL
Associate Credential. She believes
that ALL students deserve a
high-quality education. Her other
interests include reading, gardening,
and being a “fur”baby mom.
Curriculum & Instruction
Kathy is a former high school English teacher and professional learning specialist. She holds an advanced certification in transformational coaching through Elena Aguilar’s Bright Morning Consulting Group. She has coached new and veteran teachers, principals and teams in instructional design and creating more equitable schools. She now serves as a Coordinator of Curriculum and Instruction at Placer County Office of Education.
Teacher, Orthopedically Impaired
Cynthia joined the Assistive Technology team in 2014, after working for 24 years in the classroom as a special education teacher.
Her specialty is in supporting students with orthopedic impairments and includes any assistive technology or equipment they may need to access their curriculum. She also provides training to educators so they can
better support their students. In her
spare time, Cynthia enjoys home
projects, rafting and other
Jennifer Wright, M.A.,CCC-SLP
Jennifer has over 20 years of experience, with 15 of those as an
SLP focused on AAC. She is our "go to" for alternative access methods. She supports school districts by consulting, coaching, and providing AAC Needs Assessments and by ensuring that staff are supported with implementation strategy training. Jennifer develops and presents at a variety of AAC workshops including Building
Tiered Systems. Somehow Jennifer manages to find the time and energy to coach high school varsity volleyball and keep on top of her teenage
girls' very busy schedules!
Colleen Wilson, M.A.,CCC-SLP
With 30 years as an SLP and AAC being an integral part of those experiences, Colleen brings it all together as she supports districts
with AAC Needs Assessments, consultation, and coaching. Along with her colleagues, she helps develop and present AAC workshops and brings the fun-factor by designing "escape room" learning activities for the attendees. Being a a proud grandma, and Disneyland-enthusiast helps to keep her energy and creative levels high (and those mochas
help a bit too!)
Ginger Mitchell, M.A.,CCC-SLP
25 years as an SLP providing AAC
supports has made Ginger a valuable partner to our districts. She provides AAC Needs Assessments, consults and coaches teams. With her colleagues, she develops and presents at AAC workshops, with
a focus on Building Tiered Systems and implementation strategies to support educational teams.
Whenever the opportunity arises, you'll find Ginger in Maine
(or daydreaming that she is in Maine...knitting beautiful creations and "spinning a yarn"
(telling stories and talking a lot!)
Dana Albrecht, M.A.,CCC-SLP
Dana has over 15 years supporting those who use AAC in school, clinic, hospital, home, and community settings. Dana is passionate about expanding the skills sets of those
who support people with complex communication needs including SLPs, teachers, parents and others. This has lead her to university teaching, clinical education, and now to the Open Access AAC team. She thrives on opportunities to remove barriers to participation and find new ways of implementing intervention and to
help teams build capacity. When not
at work, you’ll likely find Dana
dashing between activities with her
kids or with her tap shoes on
Laura Smith, M.A., SpEd
Physical & Health Impairment Specialist
Laura has over 25 years of special education classroom teaching experience and joined our team a few years back as a Physical & Health Impairments Specialist. She supports students with orthopedic impairments and traumatic brain injury, and helps remove barriers to the curriculum by providing services, specialized equipment, and training students, staff, and parents.
When Laura isn’t in the classroom you can find her on the softball field, volleyball court, or operating room (due to the injuries incurred in the aforementioned activities!).
Bryan Givens, SLPA
Assistive Technology Provider
If you can drag him away from a baseball game (watching and playing!), you'll find Bryan working hard at being an Assistive Technology Provider. He supports our staff with special projects, works directly with students, and supporting professional development workshops. And with all of this going on, he is fitting in earning a Master's degree to become an
SLP and AAC specialist!
Assisitve Technology Secretary
Paula has been with our group for many years and supports all of us and our many varied requests from producing workshop materials to managing the equipment loan library. Her support and skills are a valuable asset to the group.
When she leaves the office, she spends her time being a very involved Grandma and taking care of her property and pet pig!