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Nery Birdsell

Program Development and Strategic Support Manager

birdselln@vcu.edu

Nerissa Birdsell has been an educator for 19 years in rural public school in Arizona holding multiple roles; special education teacher, transition specialist, coach, mentor, and Instructional Leadership Team ESS lead. As a Special Education teacher, she designed special instructions and skill-targeted activities for her students who have varying disabilities recognizing their strengths, talents, and interests. She taught and supported students who were in resource and inclusion classes. As a Transition Specialist, Nerissa developed the school district's transition program, designed the program's framework, and created opportunities for students to participate in activities centered on education, exploration, and experiences in preparation for their post-school life. She engaged families and collaborated with service professionals in creating career opportunities for students. Nerissa has presented locally and nationally, sharing her work in transition and her experiences working in Native American community and disability field. She values relationships with families and respects their community, culture, practices, and traditions.