The IEP Process with Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, & Donna McNair – 267

By Steven Miletto

Teaching Learning Leading K12 provides resources for classroom teachers and school-based administrators.


Dr. Terrie Young, Amanda Amerson, and Donna McNair talk with me about the IEP process. This is episode 267 of Teaching Learning Leading K12, an audio podcast. We started this conversation in episode 246.  Please take the time to listen to that episode, as well.
Dr. Terrie Young is the Director of East Central Georgia Learning Resources System where she provides technical assistance and training on special education-related topics to administrators, teachers, and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region.  Through Dr. Young’s leadership, the East Central Georgia Learning Resources System won the ASPIRE Leadership Award in 2015 for piloting and leading the region in the statewide student-led IEP initiative. Terrie holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s and a specialist degree in special education with an emphasis in behavior disorders.  Terrie’s doctorate degree is in elementary and secondary administration. Terrie believes that all students can learn and that it is through effective leadership, and teachers building positive relationships with students that true teaching and learning occur.  
Amanda Amerson is a Program Specialist with East Central GLRS, where she provides professional learning on special education-related topics to administrators, teachers and support staff for the ten school districts in the Heart of Georgia RESA Region. Amanda has presented at many state-level conferences and collaborates with multiple state and local agencies to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.  She has a master’s degree in special education and has been a special educator for 23 years. Amanda is passionate about education and believes that through collaboration and excellent teaching all students can reach their highest potential.  
Donna McNair retired from Washington County Schools in 2010 after 34 years of service as a teacher, school psychologist, and special education director. She has the following degrees: BS in Elementary Education, MEd in Special Education / Learning Disabilities, both from Georgia College; EdS in School Psychology, with additional coursework for certification in Administration from Georgia Southern University. After retirement, Donna provided contracted services with East Central GLRS, and several school systems. She also taught part-time at Georgia College in the Special Education program of the Teacher Education department as well as from 2015-2019 taught full time at Georgia College. Donna is now enjoying lots of “salt air therapy” and more time with grandchildren and her bridge club friends.
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Find more information:
The following are great links from our state in helping parents and teachers understand IEP development – 
Georgia Individualized Education Program Implementation Manual –
Georgia’s Special Education Parent Rights Resource Page – 
Georgia Special Education Glossary of Terms – 
Georgia Parent Mentor Partnership –
IDEA – Guide to the IEP – 
Length – 40:12