Dr. Sandra T. Elliott, Ph.D. is a career educator who has spent over 4 decades working to enhance education for all students and improve schools and their systems around the globe. She has served as a Special Education teacher, and five-time principal in Florida and Colorado, and district-level administrator. She has held senior level positions at public/private education providers and foundations and was part of the EngageNY–Eureka Math team. Sandra is also a member of the UNESCO — sponsored international EDUsummIT that meets biennially. She is thrilled to be able to combine her focus on Special Education and Math at TouchMath.
Randy LaRusso has been a leader in the field of special education for 42 years. Her experience includes special education teacher, district level leadership and adjunct professor at the University of Central Florida. Randy was the founding director of the Florida ACCESS Project for the Florida Department of Education and in that capacity was responsible for the development of curriculum for students with significant cognitive disabilities (SwSCD) as well as professional development for teachers, administrators and parents across the state. As Florida’s liaison to the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Randy worked closely with other states and national organizations on the development of alternate achievement standards aligned to Common Core State Standards. She continues to serve as an expert panel member for the national technical assistance project on the inclusion of SwSCD, the TIES Center. As a national presenter, she is considered an expert in the field of curriculum and instruction and professional development.
Dr. Theresa Shattuck became an educator in 1975. She has taught in both general education and special education settings. Her areas of expertise are Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavior, classroom management, and standards-based instruction. She recently retired from a large urban school district where she was the supervisor for Specialized Programs that served over 3000 students.
Dr. Shattuck has been a speaker at state and national conferences on the topics of autism and behavior, and was a guest speaker for the Chat-back during the run of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at the Winspear Opera House in January 2017. As a recent retiree, Theresa wants to help teachers using her years of experiences, successes, and mistakes.
Driven by a passion to advocate for the needs of all learners — particularly those who historically have not been empowered to do for so themselves — Aleasha is uniquely poised to draw from 20+ years of experience in increasingly responsible roles in the field of education including teaching, training and executive leadership. A resourceful and accomplished sponsor-for-change, Aleasha is well-regarded for building trusting partnerships to create organizational advantage as well as breakthrough results for individuals. A passionate educator at her core, Aleasha prides herself on caring deeply for students, understanding the educator’s perspective, and bringing the voice of the classroom to the boardroom.
Now an empty-nester and full time independent education consultant, Aleasha maintains her love for teaching and traveling as a seasonal ESL teacher in France while helping other educators do the same.