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Transition Specialists

Transition Specialists will provide training and technical assistance on issues related to transition planing and services.

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Professional Development Opportunities

Please reference our calendar below for upcoming trainings provided by our specialists. All event information, including how to register, is included in the event details. We look forward to working with you!

Click here! Please double check workshop location before registering, as we offer trainings at multiple sites.


Keara Battisi

Keara Battisi

Keara has been with the CRPC since the fall of 2015 through the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and in the field of Special Education for 19 years. Her background in education began with an undergraduate degree from Utica College of Syracuse University followed by Master’s degree in Special Education for SUNY New Paltz, Master’s degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University and lastly a Certificate of Advanced Study in Administration from SUNY Cortland.

Over the course of almost two decades, 16 years were in the classroom working with grades spanning first through twelfth grades. Some of those experiences included alternative education, co-teaching, self-contained classrooms, direct and indirect consultant teaching and resource room. Each experience added an additional layer of experience to her educational career. In addition to teaching, Keara was a K-12 Assistant Principal and Chairperson of Special Education for 2 years. This experience further broadened her scope and deepened her understanding of our educational system. Her belief has always been that all children can learn given the right key to unlock their success.


Sara Defazio

Sara DeFazio

Sara has been in the human services field with a focus on intellectual and developmental disabilities for the past 14 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Le Moyne College and her master’s in leadership and instruction for inclusive classrooms from Utica College. Sara brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with her to be able to provide supports and educational development opportunities to professionals, agencies, and families in the community.