Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed

Helping Special Needs Parents & Special Education Teams Get the Outcomes They Need for the Children They Love

For over 20 years, Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed has been sitting at IEP tables helping parents, teachers, and teams create IEPs that work! Inspired by her brother with Down syndrome, she became a special education teacher with Masters degree and five teaching certificates. She was determined to change the special needs community from the inside of her classroom. After just a few years of teaching, Catherine was in high demand for special education consulting and speaking. She left the classroom and dedicated herself to changing special education by helping hundreds of families every year. When districts experienced her collaborative, common sense approach to solving even the toughest problems, they soon started hiring Catherine to help their special education teams "from the inside".

As an International speaker and Founder of online training programs; The Master IEP Coach Mentorship + Network and The Special Education Inner Circle, Catherine serves thousands of parents & teams, from around the world. She's determined to change the special education experience for everyone who sits at an IEP table. She's always ready to jump into all the hot topics, sticky conversations and share the solutions that are needed for all children to be prepared for further education, employment and independent living.


Catherine both travels the country and works virtually. She LOVES to guide and empower every member of the IEP team to be a leader. She uses proven strategies and real world experiences to bring NEW special education solutions to the table.  

Below are just a few of her latest accomplishments:

Highlights About Catherine

  • Onsite in Paris, KY - 2 Day Onsite Problem Solving in the Trenches
  • Inclusion, Co-Teaching, Paraprofessional Training, Paris, KY
  • Inclusion, Co-Teaching, Paraprofessional Training, Poplar Grove, IL
  • Onsite in Poplar Grove, IL - 4 Day Onsite Problem Solving
  • Inclusion & Co-Teaching, Galena, IL 
  • Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network Conference Speaker
  • Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands Conference Speaker
  • TACA - Autism Conference Speaker
  • Founder of the Online IEP Help Center for Parents
  • Creator of National IEP Training program for collaborative approaches
  • Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Presenter
  • NATTAP Conference, Presenter
  • Reaching for the Stars, Washington Medical University, Presenter
  • AutismOne, Presenter
  • SPIN, IL Dist 203, Presenter
  • Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA, IL Dist 204, Presenter
  • SPARK, IL Dist 15, Presenter
  • Joliet Park District, Presenter
  • Autism Society of IL, Central IL Chapter, Presenter
  • Healing Thresholds, Contributor
  • Gerson Lehrman Group, Consultant
  • AlphaSights, Consultant
  • Mom’s Choice Awards, Distinguished Judge

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Contact Catherine for Special Education Help

Please email questions to [email protected] or call (815) 302-1273

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