Colleen Meszler joined Oakland Schools in 1994 after earning her special education teaching degree from Eastern Michigan University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education with endorsements in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Emotional Impairment and is approved as an ASD Teacher Consultant. Her passion is supporting the unique learning needs of students with Autism. Her work has changed over the years as Oakland Schools has responded to the changing needs of the districts in the county. She began as a teacher in the Oakland Schools Autism Program educating middle school and post-high students. She then provided ASD Teacher Consultant services to the districts of Oakland County, again focusing on the needs of students with ASD.
In her current role as a Special Education Consultant in the Professional Learning Unit of the Department of Special Education, Colleen supports public school special educators as they close the achievement gap between students with and without IEPs. Specifically, she facilitates the professional learning of special educators in the provision of emergent and conventional literacy instruction to students with moderate to significant cognitive disabilities. The emphasis is on instructional practices for pre-K through post-high students who are educated to alternate achievement standards and assessed through the alternate state assessment.
Colleen stays busy on the home front as well, attending soccer and volleyball games, boating and snowmobiling with her husband and two daughters.