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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

– Confucius
CAROLYN PARKINSON is an Education Consultant at ACCESS! Education Consulting.

CAROLYN is a specially trained, knowledgeable and skilled education professional with over 30 years experience as a special education teacher in the public schools. CAROLYN is a specially appointed Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) educational ‘Surrogate Parent’ by the Connecticut State Department of Education and as such is charged with the responsibility of ensuring that children who are wards of the state receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).
  • Bachelor of Arts (Drama), Albertus Magnus College
  • Master of Science (Special Education), Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU)
  • Sixth Year Master’s (Master Teacher), SCSU
  • Roger Sherman Follow through Program, New Haven, CT
  • Durham Hill School, Durham, CT
  • Bridgeport Public Schools, CT
  • Surrogate Parent Office, Dept. of Special Education, CT DOE

Learning never exhausts the mind.

– Leanardo da Vinci

CAROLYN still maintains her state Special Education Certification and is an active member of both the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

CAROLYN also personally understands the importance and outcome potentials of a FAPE. As a single parent, CAROLYN simultaneously attended college and raised three children, two of whom having special needs. One child was identified in Middle School as having a non-verbal learning disability, and with a FAPE championed by CAROLYN, she went on to attend and graduate from Emerson College. One child, when in High School was seeming to have some ‘behavioral problems’, was soon identified as being a visual learner and today, again the result of a FAPE championed by CAROLYN, she teaches art in a local community and is a recognized poet.