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Bee N Bonnet, LLC

Special Education

Advocacy

Encourage & support your kids because children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.” ~ Lady Bird Johnson
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Services

Assistance with the Process:

How do I get my child tested?

How do I read an evaluation?

How do I read an IEP?

How should meaningful goals be written?

What are the expectations at ARD meetings?

What is my role as a parent?

How do I understand special Education Law and Rights—FERPA & PL-94-142

What are specific meanings of Accommodation and Modifications?

What happens next?


Document(s) Review:

I will review FIE, IEP, 504, and Progress Reports. This information should give me a clear understanding of your child’s current programming and its appropriateness.  After the initial document review, I will meet with you in person, or remotely, to discuss my findings and recommendations for how to proceed. 


When you or your child’s rights have been violated, filing in court or for due process may be necessary.  At that time, we can discuss if a referral to an attorney will be made. I do not practice law nor offer legal advice.


 Assistance with Meetings:

School meetings can be difficult and intimidating.  I can attend meetings with you and offer whatever level of support you desire.  For example, you may want to take the lead in the meeting and I will be there solely to alert you to specific questions you should ask. If, however, your desire is that I take a more active role until you are more comfortable, I can also do that. Our collaboration will be tailored to your specific needs.

People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
— Anne Sullivan
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About Me

My name is Jennifer Sims and I am the owner of Bee N Bonnet, LLC.  I received a BA from the University of Texas at Tyler with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies and minors in Special Education and History.  

My desire to become a Special Education teacher came about as a result of a presentation in one of my education classes by Wayne Boshears, who was the principal of St. Louis School, a school for children with severe and profound disabilities in Tyler ISD. His passion for students with special needs became my passion and I was fortunate enough to begin my career at St. Louis School.

My 19 years teaching experience was in self-contained classrooms, resource rooms, functional academic settings, and inclusion in general education classrooms.  The ability and independence levels of my students varied greatly, but early on, I knew my primary purpose was to advocate for my students every moment of the day. As a result, I quickly learned to enlist the help of parents as their voice was influential and powerful.  With parental advocacy came necessary changes in the classroom. Unfortunately, some parents did not know how to advocate for their child and true changes did not always occur and IEP meetings became cursory and without true parent understanding and input. 

 It was not until I met a non-attorney special education advocate that I realized there were specially trained people to advocate for parents of special needs children.  A spark was ignited and I began to research COPAA. Again, I found my calling.

My primary goals are to be alongside parents as they learn how to navigate the intricacies of special education, to provide tools for them to gain confidence and knowledge in the IEP process, and to fully prepare them to make the best decisions for their child. Ultimately, the goal is to provide children with meaningful educational opportunities.  


Experience

Special Education and General Education Teacher (PK-8th grade)

May 1998-May 2018

Substitute Teacher

Currently working part time for 2 local educational agencies

Education

Bachelors of Science

Interdisciplinary Studies, 1998, University of Texas at Tyler

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) 2018-2019

References

I will provide you with reference list after initial contact.


 

Contact Me

Email: jennifersims@beenbonnettexas.com or Call (903)520-7472

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Although Bee N Bonnet, LLC offers skilled non-attorney special education advocacy services, Jennifer Sims is not an expert in the fields of educational evaluation, psychology, law, or medicine. Bee N Bonnet, LLC cannot act as your attorney.

 Service Area

I serve families in a 150 mile radius from Willow Park, Texas or Palestine, Texas.

Code of Ethics

I adhere to the Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA) Voluntary Code of Ethics for Special Education Advocates. Click here for details.