Jeanne worked for 32 years in the New York City public schools and 3 other years in private schools. During that time she worked as a special education teacher, program coordinator, teacher trainer, mentor and finally as an assistant principal. Although retired from the New York City Schools she was not ready to retire from helping children and their families.

During her tenure in the New York City schools she also worked for an agency that provided parent training as well as providing direct service through early intervention with developmentally disabled children aged 14 months to 4.9 years old. She found this work especially rewarding as it helped to bring continuity of services between school and home.

Jeanne joined the Law Office of Saundra M. Gumerove, Esq. PC in July 2013 part-time. In her new position as Parent Advocate she uses her knowledge and skills from her prior jobs to help parents navigate the educational systems their children are part of. She has a BS and MS in Special Education, a Professional Diploma in Administration, and formal training in the TEACCH methodology and Positive Behavior Supports for students with autism.

She is a member of the Counsel of Parent and Attorney Advocates, (COPAA), the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) and the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, Retiree Chapter.

As parents and siblings of individuals with special needs, no matter what their age, we advocate and care for our loved one’s needs for their lifetime. We know, however, that there will come a time that we will no longer be able to continue to do so. Special needs planning can help insure their future.