Jo Ann Marie Rae earned a BS in Special Education and Elementary Education from West Chester University, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and a supervisory certificate and a Doctorate in Special Education from Arcadia.
Dr. Rae’s experience in the field of special education spans 25 years. She worked as an early intervention preschool and itinerant teacher and taught preschoolers with autism, PDD, language delays and intellectual and behavioral disabilities, providing them with a program that included the use of assistive technology. She also provided in-home support for parents in the management of behaviors related to autism and emotional issues. During the last several years of her direct special education experience, she was an Early Intervention program supervisor, a supervisor of the Multiple Disabilities Support (MDS) and Physical Support programs and the Intermediate Unit’s nursing program supervisor. She was also the principal of a center-based program for students ranging from pre-school age to 21. As supervisor of these programs, she worked with staff and families to provide appropriate programs for children with severe disabilities.