Carrie Ganci-Clodi, M.Ed, JD, Educational Advocate/Attorney
Carrie brings 17 years’ experience as a Special Education Administrator and Director in multiple Chicagoland school districts to her position as Associate with the firm. Her work as a special education teacher and administrator gives her a window into all the educational resources available to best serve a student. As an Advocate and Attorney, she understands what families need, and knows how to get those resources for the children and families she represents.
Carrie’s approach is collaborative but firm, always encouraging “out of the box" ideas to parents and IEP teams to address a student’s needs individually – often with resources that already exist at the school. Carrie’s proposals resulted in the creation of sensory rooms, a schools’ very first Special Olympic Team (to assist with a student’s social / emotional health and gross motor needs) and countless other “firsts” that have changed the culture for both the student and the school. The changes Carrie makes go beyond just one student: she is working to change the system, case by case.
Carrie has presented at the Illinois Teachers of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ITDHH) and the Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special Education (IAASE). For years, she has met with state and federal legislators on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of students and adults with disabilities.
In addition to her advocacy and legal work, Carrie is also an adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University where, since 2005, she has taught Bachelor’s and Master’s level courses in special education methodologies and pedagogy, data analysis, educational leadership, curriculum and instruction, and English as a Second Language. Recently, Carrie wrote the curriculum for a class in Olivet’s newly founded special education department.
Carrie graduated from Valparaiso Law School in 2017. While there, she sat on the Honor Board, served as a Teaching Assistant, and participated in an externship with the Department of Children Services in Indiana. She also became certified in mediations and is currently on the approved mediation list in the 21st Circuit Court in Illinois. Carrie also holds a Masters in Educational Administration and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education.
You can find Carrie at the local hockey rink or softball field, (loudly) cheering on her children. Carrie enjoys exploring nature with her children and reading all genres of literature. As a recent purchase, Carrie hopes to read all of James Mustich’s 1,000 Books to Read: a Life-Changing List in her lifetime!