As The Spire School was preparing for its initial review by the CT State Department of Education to become an Approved Private Special Education Program, Donna Cambria provided essential guidance to ensure our success. Donna served as our interim education director and helped guide us through the important details of the State Approval process, the PPT process, IEP implementation, and collaboration with school districts. It was wonderful to work with an expert in the field who was consistently dependable, conscientious, detail-oriented, and all the while maintained a good sense of humor and collegial spirit! Donna provided much-needed professional development for our faculty and staff and recommended colleagues who could provide additional training in content areas of interest to our team. In short, Donna is an incredible resource with a strong sense of follow-through; her vast experience and results-driven style put us at ease as she helped us navigate the State Approval process. She was an amazing addition to our team and I look forward to our continued collaborations.

– Tammy Moscrip, Ph.D, LCSW, Executive Director/Chief Administrator, The Spire School

Our daughter wasn’t learning and our relationship with the school system was deteriorating.  We desperately needed help!  It was essential for us to have someone with extensive experience in special education so we hired Donna Cambria.

Donna’s previous work as a special education teacher enables her to understand what a child truly needs in order to be successful in school.  As a former superintendent of schools for a specialized school district she has the administrative background to understand the inner workings of a school system.  Her ability to comprehend the complexities of the special education process is unparalleled.  This combined with her expertise in interpreting evaluations enabled her to identify, and present to the PPT with unwavering confidence, our daughter’s academic and social needs. Donna’s devotion to our daughter along with her relentless determination ultimately helped us secure an appropriate educational placement for her.

You will find Donna’s passion for helping your child inspiring which will give you the much needed energy to continue in your quest for an appropriate education which your child so justly deserves.

A Grateful Parent

I can´t say enough great things about Donna. When our son was finally identified at age 9, Donna offered us a lot of support while we worked with the school to get him the best IEP possible.  She helped us understand our son´s needs and rights, process the complicated language of IEPs, and navigate the stressful world of PPT meetings.  Donna made it her priority to get to know our son very well in order to give us the best advice possible.  Even though Donna had a busy schedule, she made our son´s case her priority and made herself available to us even at short notice.  She is kind and respectful, but also a tough negotiator when sitting across the table from school officials.  She is extremely knowledgeable and keeps current with the latest developments in her field.  She has been our number 1 cheerleader and supporter, a life-saver for our son and our family, and we look forward to continuing working with her in the future.”

Mr. and Mrs. M, parents

I cannot say enough about the help that Donna has given our family in getting my son’s educational needs met. My son was on a 504 plan. Donna advocated for special education eligibility and was successful. Donna is a consummate professional. Her supreme knowledge, competence, integrity, and intense compassion to help kids and families get their needs met is admirable. I know that without Donna’s guidance and presence at the PPT, we would never have been able to obtain the eligibility my son needed. I am truly grateful and highly recommend Donna.

Mrs. M, Parent