When you are sitting in a meeting where complex terminology is being discussed and the future of your child’s education is at stake, you want someone sitting next to you who has chaired over 500 IEP meetings.
I have written IEPs and facilitated IEP meetings in DC, Maryland, and Virginia for 21 years as a Special Education team leader, teacher, and IEP Coordinator. I have supported students in grades pre-K through 12 in a wide variety of settings, from general education to an acute unit.
I will break down the entire IEP process for you from an insider’s point of view, so you can come to meetings with an arsenal of knowledge and confidence.


  • IEP review
  • Record review
  • Educational assessment review
  • IEP meeting preparation-
    • Eligibility,
    • Assessment recommendations,
    • Annual review,
    • Periodic review,
    • Re-evaluation,
    • Manifestation
  • IEP meeting participation
  • FBA review
  • BIP review
  • IEP goal writing
  • IEP interpretation-
    • Present levels of performance,
    • Annual goals and objectives,
    • Testing accommodations,
    • Supplementary aides and services
    • Hours of service
    • Least restrictive environment
    • Appropriate placement
    • Extended School Year
    • Transition plan
  • Parent conference preparation and participation
  • 504 plans
  • School accountability for bullying
  • School discipline issues
  • High school graduation tracking and planning
  • Home and hospital
  • Expert witness testimony

Call 240-350-8078 or email Lizcaponeadvocate@gmail.com to set up a free consultation

About Liz

I earned my master’s degree in Special Education from Johns Hopkins University, where I had Dr. Larry Larsen as a professor and later a mentor. As a foster care advocate in DC, I presented in DC Superior Court over 200 times and testified at over 60 due process hearings. After having a daughter, I returned to my first love, teaching. I am currently certified as a Special Education teacher in Maryland and Virginia. In my free time, I enjoy doing calligraphy and watching too much Investigation Discovery.


Baltimore County-Self Contained Pre-K, Grade 2 Resource and Inclusion
DC- Grades 1-6 Resource and Inclusion, 3-4 Self Contained, Grade 9 Self Contained, 9-10 Inclusion, Foster Care Advocate
Fairfax County- 8th Grade Virtual Self Contained and Inclusion
Howard County- Grades 4-5 Resource and Inclusion, 9-12 Self Contained and Inclusion
Montgomery County- Grades K-5 Resource, Inclusion, and ESY, 6-8 Inclusion, 6-12 Acute Unit, RTC 9-12
Prince George’s County- Grades 1-6 Resource and Inclusion,  9-12 ESY


NAMI Montgomery County Parent Basics Class- Be the Informed Parent: Navigating the IEP Process, 11/21

The ARC of Loudoun Parent Support Group- Strategies for Communication and Collaboration with IEP Teams, 12/21