Amy Szymanski, M.Ed. has over 25 years of experience in the field of education, primarily in the area of special education. Ms. Szymanski holds a level of expertise in the areas of secondary transition for students with disabilities and dropout prevention and has presented on this topic at the local, state and national levels. Ms. Szymanski currently works as the statewide Secondary Transition and Workforce Development consultant at the State Support Team Region 1. Here, she serves as the lead in multiple projects for the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children. Prior to her current position, Ms. Szymanski developed a diverse skill set working as a Technical Assistance Consultant in the Education Program at American Institutes for Research (AIR) and serving in Ohio as an elementary special education teacher, a school district special education coordinator, and a special education and school improvement consultant for the State Support Team Region1.