Consider our services an investment in your child's education and future!
To help parents as they navigate the special education system; to assist families in developing an IEP (or 504) for their child that includes a meaningful vision as it pertains to further education, employment, and independent living; and to advocate for and foster a culture of inclusion for all!
We are Lauren Ochalek and Beth Nolan, allies in education, dedicated to improving the special education system, more specifically the IEP (or 504) process, to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed! What sets us apart from other IEP coaches and education consultants is that we work together to bring you our services, meaning that your case gets the extra time and attention that it deserves. We are all better together!
Education Team Allies was founded in 2019 and was born from the realization that parents within our local community, and beyond, were seeking assistance in developing meaningful education plans for their children with special needs. We believe in a positive, collaborative working relationship with your child's education team; a professional relationship that is built upon trust, understanding, patience, kindness, and respect. We truly believe that a collaborative team-based approach is what is best to support a student along their educational journey.
"I am a newbie HS Mom with a struggling freshman daughter who has plummeting grades. I spoke to Beth Nolan who has years of experience as a SPED teacher and Admin, and support for students and families. After working with Beth I felt so much more confident and better prepared for the meeting! " -CF, 11/6/2019
"My daughter has received services since she was very young. I always just went with what the team said and trusted they would support her in the ways she needed. This year was a big review for her IEP. I knew I needed support and called Education Team Allies. Lauren made sure I had a great All About Me form ready for the conversation and Beth prepared with me and then attended all of the meetings with me. Beth's ability to work with the team and ask questions lead to the most supportive plan we have ever had for our daughter. We will now always use Education Team Allies as they are able to get amazing supports for children."
"I have always worked with an education consultant when attending IEP meetings. This year I worked with Beth. I am so appreciative of her consultation and advocacy. She caught a number of errors in my daughters plan and was able to work with the IEP team collaboratively to fix the errors and add an amazing number of supplemental supports that are essential to my daughter's success. Thank you"
- PM 1/14/2020
We understand that each student's situation and needs are unique to them and that no two students are alike! Tell us more about how we can help you create a meaningful educational plan for your child. We view our services as an investment in your child's education and future.
Severna Park, Maryland, United States
Neither Lauren Ochalek nor Beth Nolan are attorneys or legal experts. Education Team Allies does not, under any circumstances, offer legal advice. Furthermore, Education Team Allies does not educate on how to file state complaints or due process. A working relationship with Education Team Allies will focus solely on strategies to support families through the IEP (or 504) process who are NOT in critical situations. We serve families across the state of Maryland as well as other areas of the country where our services are needed.
Working with Education Team Allies is specifically designed to support families who need to learn how to become an equal member of their child's educational team through positive interactions, creating appropriate paper trails, and knowing what questions to ask to get the results their child needs. Our focus is on collaborative efforts to help students achieve.