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.