Hi, I'm Catherine Whitcher, M.Ed

and I'm completely obsessed with digging into special education solutions with parents, teachers and IEP teams everyday.

I grew up as a special needs sibling, my brother has Down syndrome. I see the IEP table from the perspective of the family.

I became a special education teacher, determined to change the world from the inside of my classroom. I see the IEP table from the perspective of the school team.

For 20+ years I've been working for both parents and teachers, helping EVERYONE work together to create IEPs with less stress and more results.

I've consulted with parents + IEP teams through hundreds (probably thousands, I stopped counting after the first decade) of IEP meetings since 1996. I've seen what is possible for a child's future when we design a child's IEP for the real world and I can teach you how to make it happen!

The Struggle is Real 

Special Education teams and special needs parents have historically had a disconnect in communication and collaboration when working together on IEPs. In the past, teachers and parents only had options for traditional teacher training programs, adversarial advocacy programs for parents, and a consistent focus on legal issues for providing appropriate educational services. Teachers and parents have not been encouraged to work together proactively to avoid crisis and prepare a child for long term success based on the child's unique needs.

IEP Solutions that Work

  • EXCLUSIVE online trainings and leadership experiences for parents, teachers and IEP teams to learn together.
  • An in-depth, hands-on Master IEP Coach ® mentorship, PLUS an active online + offline community network of special needs parents, special education teachers, and IEP teams.
  • All original Special Education tools for your toolbox that I created just for you with my 20+ years experience in developing collaborative special education solutions.

Results are Happening

  • Special Education outcomes for students are improving in areas such as academic achievement, increased inclusion, and job preparedness.
  • Less Conflict + More Results = better student experiences and results without unnecessary delays.
  • Master IEP Coaches (You can be one!) have created stable additional streams of income providing a much needed service in our special needs community using the trademarked curriculum inside of the Master IEP Coach® Mentorship.

Together We Can Change Special Education

I can't wait to help you on your Special Education journey!

Special Education Inner Circle

Parents + Teachers + IEP Teams 

Tired of waiting for an IEP crisis to finally get moving in the right direction? This is why I built the Special Education Inner Circle for you! 100% Online help for you to navigate the IEP system with more confidence and less worry as a parent, teacher, or IEP team member. Find out how I can help you in the Inner Circle here.

Master IEP Coach® Mentorship + Network

Learn to Help Others 

Master IEP Coaches are special needs parents, special education teachers and IEP team members, such as speech therapists and behavior experts who have a driving passion to change special education outcomes through collaborative efforts. They are seeking to build additional personal income streams while building their independent practice serving the special needs community. Learn More about the Master IEP Coach Mentorship.

Onsite IEP Workshops for Parents + Teachers + IEP Teams

Now Scheduling Virtual Fall 2020 IEP Workshops

Recent Impact:

  • Inclusion, Co-Teaching, Paraprofessional Training, KY & IL
  • Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network Conference, IL
  • Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte, NC
  • Down Syndrome Association of Indiana
  • Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, NE
  • Down Syndrome Association of Arizona, AZ
  • TACA - Autism Conference, IL
  • DUP15q International Conference, IL, TX, CA
  • Reaching for the Stars, Washington Medical University, MO
  • AutismOne, IL
  • SPIN, IL Dist 203
  • Indian Prairie Special Needs PTA, IL Dist 204
  • Autism Society of IL
  • Inclusion Training for University - Ghana

Contact Catherine

Need to schedule a workshop in your area? Have an IEP question?


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