My journey into the world of special education began on July 29, 2008, when my son, Nate was born. We found out that Nate was born with Down syndrome, but we didn't really know what that meant. We had a lot of professionals tell us about Down syndrome and all the things our son would never do. 

Later that day, we found out that Nate would prove the doctors wrong. You see, we were told that children with Down syndrome would never nurse. Yet, here was our son nursing like a champ! That day, he showed us and the world that he would do things differently. He still does today!

This was the beginning of my journey to understand the world of special education and to ensure that children like Nate would be given every opportunity to show what they can do and to be included in society to the maximum degree possible. With the right supplementary aids and services, Nate has been very successful!

My wife, Jenny, and I have been married for 15 years. We are the proud parents of 4 amazing children.



University of Kansas

Leadership in Special & Inclusive Education certificate

School Principal

6 years (4 elementary; 2 early childhood special education preschool)

Dr. Brian Herndon, special education, inclusion, inclusive education, advocate, advocacy

University of Missouri

Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

University of Missouri

Ed.S. Educational Administration

University of Colorado

M.A. Elementary Education

Elementary Teacher

12 years (Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade)

Graduate Research Assistant

2 years (University of Missouri)

Teaching & Training others about best practices in inclusive education

I've served as LEA for 100's of IEP meetings. I've been the classroom teacher representative in dozens more. I'm a parent of a child with a disability. Let me help you navigate this complicated world of special education. Don't go it alone!!