State seeks special education volunteers for school districts


“I’m a parent, me and my wife have a son. That’s a junior in high school now, and he has autism,” stated Valentine Anaya, mother or father. 

For years, Anaya stated his household has labored with a number of special ed administrators and trainer aids.

“We’re restarting every year. And I think my issue has been, especially for kids with autism, they need some kind of consistency. So that we know what we’re going back to the next year. We know who all the players, the same team basically, to navigate him through his 12 years of school, and that has yet to happen for him,” she stated. 

The state’s new special education ombudswoman and her workplace that simply opened Dec. 1st and goals to assist with these considerations.

“To create opportunities for kids to take those barriers down within school systems within special education, and create opportunities for them to be their best selves and who they want to be in their lives,” stated Michelle Tregembo, special education ombudswoman. 

Right now, she’s working with nearly two dozen households. But the purpose is to verify each district has at the very least one ombud, which is why they’re trying for volunteers.

“We’re developing a very rigorous training certification program and on top of that, there’ll be regular support your ongoing support case management,” stated Alice Liu McCoy, New Mexico Development Disabilities Planning Council government director. 

“They need to come with a passion to helping children.  But other than that, we will train them,” stated Tregembo.

Because this system places the scholars first. 

“It prioritizes the student’s needs first and foremost and prioritizes the perspective of the family and the students. I think that is what’s really missing here,” stated Liu McCoy.