Marsha Markle - Pacific Coast Advocates

Marsha Markle

Special Education Advocate – Consultant
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Marsha Markle (consultant for PCA) is dedicated to serving children with disabilities and their families. Her experiences include parenting a son who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum
at a time when the cause was considered to be “refrigerator mother”, moving to providing behavior therapy for children in a hospital pediatric clinic, to a career as a school psychologist and as a university professor instructing students in the master’s degree program for special education. Marsha has attended several hundred IEP meetings, some as a parent, many as a school psychologist, and several as the IEP team administrator. She knows how the system functions from multiple perspectives.

Experience/Education:

  • M.A. in Public Speaking, Florida State University
  • M.A. in School Psychology, Western Michigan University
  • Ed.S.( Educational Specialist), Western Michigan University
  • Certificate, Coach U
  • Certificate, Special Education Advocacy
  • Certificate, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Parent of an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • 22 + years, School Psychologist in a K-12 district with attendance in more than 2,000 IEPs
  • University Professor in special education and school psychology
  • Personal Coach for Parents of Children with Special Needs
  • Special Education Advocate Internship
  • Board Member of local Professional Organization (SANDCASP)

Volunteer work/Interests and Activities:

  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Assessment planning, interpretation and evidence-based recommendations
  • Goal Writing
  • Assistive Technology for Academics for mild/moderate student needs