Advocacy & Training Manager
I was born in Cuba and raised in Miami and the proud mother of two very special daughters, Katerina and Cristina. Katerina has high functioning autism and will be graduating from high school this year and attending college. It has not been an easy road, but Parent to Parent of Miami always supported and guided me through the special education process. Cristina is in the gifted program and is also a special education student in high school. My husband and I have been married for over twenty years and have experienced all the ups and downs of raising children with special needs. I have an Associate’s Degree in Elementary Education from Miami Dade College and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Florida International University. It is a privilege to be assisting families through their special education journey and empowering them with knowledge.
I initially joined Parent to Parent of Miami in 2007 until 2010 working as an Education & Support Specialist. I returned in 2016 to continue assisting families with special education school issues, accessing community resources, and motivating parents to attend trainings to learn about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to advocate effectively for their child.
Later in August 2019 promoted to Transition Manager as I was keenly aware of the challenges students with special needs face during high school and transitioning to college. With two daughters with special needs who were successfully accepted into Florida colleges with significant scholarship awards I am very passionate about helping young adults figure out what they would like to pursue after high school and helping provide the tools they need to reach their goals of post-secondary education, employment, and independent living. More recently in June 2022, I am happy to serve as the Advocacy and Training Manager for the organization. I hold an Associates in Arts degree in Elementary Education from Miami-Dade College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Florida International University.