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From Annie B. Trent, the founder of Tackle Advocacy:

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I know parents simply cannot do it all. When you are meeting with school personnel to discuss your child’s unique educational needs as a parent you simply cannot be the parent, listener, questioner, active team member, advocate and creative thinker at the same time. That is where I come in.

I work with parents and school personnel in a collaborative manner to help ensure the individualized instruction a child is receiving meets the specific needs of that child.

I have attended school meetings and parent/teacher conferences as the parent of a child with ADHD and a chronic health condition that makes him medically fragile. I am also a former teacher, so I fully understand the challenges teachers face today educating children. In my opinion, teaching is one of the toughest but also one of the most noble professions.

As both a parent of a child with special needs and a teacher, I am able see both viewpoints. I realize my unique perspective can help parents traverse the often confusing world of special education. I know the laws and procedures that govern special education and I know how difficult it is to become an advocate for your own child so that they receive appropriate services in school.

Let me help you today.

Education Experience:

  • 25+ years of experience as a special education educator in North Carolina
  • Master IEP Coach®
  • Member of COPAA (Council of Parents, Attorneys and Advocates)
  • NC teacher licenses (Special Education K-12; Elementary Education K-6)
  • B.A. Elementary Education from Wake Forest University
  • M.A. Special Education (Middle School Special Education Fellowship) from North Carolina State University
  • “I was overwhelmed with all of the paperwork associated with my son’s IEP. I didn’t understand all of the acronyms and it seemed like a foreign language half the time when the Teachers were talking. Annie B came in and helped me understand the lingo, educated me on my son’s educational rights and has helped eliminate a lot of confusion and stress in my life. She will go with me to all of my son’s school meetings going forward.”

    – PARENT OF A 10 YEAR OLD

  • My son said ‘I wouldn’t have been able to do this without Annie B. She is the nicest person and she has made it so much easier for me. I want to keep going. I know I can do better next semester.’ I just about cried!!! We cannot thank you enough. He even went into our supply closest and got a folder to put his work in and was smiling showing us how he was organized with his note cards with his assignments to do – which was a COMPLETE first!

    – PARENT OF VIRTUAL LEARNING CENTER STUDENT

  • “Thank you so much for your help. It has taken so much of the back and forth and arguing about school out of the picture and made things less stressful at our house! I asked him yesterday when I picked him up if he thought it was helping and if wanted to keep going and he said he was getting a lot of work done while he was there and having you write out on the agenda what he has to do has been easier for him to know what he has to do and that he wants to keep coming. Thanks again!! this has been the best thing for him.”

    – PARENT OF VIRTUAL LEARNING CENTER STUDENT

Fee Structure:

The first consultation is free.
During this call or meeting we will discuss basic information about your child, learn about your child’s educational strengths and weaknesses and discuss how Tackle Advocacy can help support your child.

After that, I charge at an hourly rate for:

  • correspondence and communication
  • meeting preparations and attendance at
  • conferences and IEP, 504, FBA/BIP meetings
  • research
  • record reviews
  • action plan

Get a free consultation. We are ready to help!