Transition Specialists

Transition Specialists provide training on effective transition planning, practices and services and work with school districts to improve the school to post school transition and career development process students with disabilities. Transition Specialists will help districts prepare for the SPP Indicator 13 Self-Review as they move through a focused monitoring protocol of IEP’s regarding transition planning and services. In addition, they work closely with the Employment and Disability Institute of Cornell University and benefit from their internationally recognized expertise related to the many aspects of disability in the workplace.

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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!

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Keara Battisi

Keara Battisi

Transition Specialist

Keara Battisti has been a SESIS with the Central Region RSE-TASC 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.

Stephanie Widrick

Transition Specialist

Stephanie Widrick attended SUNY Oswego where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an extension in English (grades 7-12) as well as her Master’s degree in Reading. She comes to BOCES with over two decades of experience in the field of education serving in a variety of instructional roles including elementary classroom teacher, high school English teacher and literacy consultant. These experiences have allowed her to provide differentiated instruction to accommodate a broad range of student needs and learning styles. Stephanie’s teaching practices are always student centered, encouraging higher order thinking skills and problem solving strategies to promote lifelong learning. Stephanie is a lifelong learner herself and is excited to received her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership and certification as a School Building and School District Leader in May 2019. She looks forward to her new position as Transition Specialist and hopes to effect positive change for students with disabilities.