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Carolyn Teigland, Ed.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Carolyn joined MCIE in 2022 as Director of Professional Learning, enabling districts in several states to build inclusive school practices, and was appointed MCIE’s CEO in 2023. As an experienced educator and Associate Superintendent for Education Services in Cecil County Public Schools, she led her district's transformation from a highly segregated model for educating learners with disabilities to an inclusive model where children are educated in their neighborhood schools and general education settings. Carolyn has provided Congressional testimony on inclusive education and received several awards, including Principal of a Distinguished Title I School in 2000 by the MD Association of Elementary School Principals, the Breakthroughs in Inclusive Education Award for the Most Promising Inclusive School District in 2008 by TASH, the Breakthrough in Inclusive Education Award as Administrator of the Year in 2014 by TASH, and the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) Administrative Leadership award in 2016 by the University of Kansas. Carolyn is deeply committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Tim Villegas, B.A.
Director of Communications

Tim joined MCIE’s communications team in 2020, implementing MCIE’s communications and marketing plan, and leading MCIE communications through blogs, podcasts, social media, webinars, and product development. Throughout his prior sixteen-year career as a special education teacher, Tim advocated for the inclusion of learners with significant disabilities in general education classrooms and systems change in schools and districts; and spent three years as a district-level program specialist supporting learners with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), emotional and behavioral needs, and intellectual disabilities. He founded Think Inclusive, now MCIE’s official blog.

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Jeffrey Wyatt, M.Ed.
Secondary Transition Facilitator

Jeff joined MCIE to support the Maryland State Department of Education’s Secondary Transition priority, and through that work offers resources and technical assistance on secondary transition services to Maryland public schools. Prior to coming to MCIE, Jeff was an educational/transition specialist. Jeff is a strong advocate for individuals with disabilities achieving successful outcomes in areas of employment, education, training, and independent living.

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Elizabeth Bloom

Administrative Assistant

In 2021, Elizabeth joined MCIE as the Administrative Assistant. She provides administrative support to the CEO and MCIE staff. She also provides extensive bookkeeping support to the Director of Finance. For the last 6 years, Elizabeth worked for a nonprofit organization with duties for operations management, fundraising development, and strategic planning. It was her passion for the nonprofit sector and her desire to work part-time in an administrative support role that brought her to MCIE.

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Carol Quirk, Ed.D.

Director of Special Projects

Carol is one of the founders and former CEO of MCIE, having transitioned to Director of Special Projects in early 2023. As a national leader in inclusive education and systems change, she works with state education agencies, districts and schools to build the capacity of educators to authentically include all learners in their school communities.  Prior to MCIE, Carol was the Executive Director of an adult services agency in Baltimore City, consultant to Philadelphia Public Schools, Early Intervention Specialist for MSDE, Director of Technical Assistance to Early Intervention Programs in North Carolina, and special education teacher in Connecticut. Carol served on the Board of Directors for TASH, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, and was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. She also served on the Executive Team for the SWIFT Center. She is the recipient of the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumna Award, the Top 100 Mid-Atlantic MBE Entrepreneurs, and the Brava! Award for Baltimore area executives who give to their community. Carol has brought MCIE’s practices to promote inclusive education to Russia, Trinidad and Tobago, Kazakhstan, Australia, and Viet Nam.

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Kathi Foley, M.Ed.

Professional Learning Facilitator

Kathi first joined MCIE in its early years before leaving to work in Anne Arundel County Public Schools. She served on the MCIE Board of Directors from 2019-2020 and was glad to return to MCIE’s staff in 2020, where she has been leading professional learning workshops, consulting with school teams, and conducting an action research project related to provided specially designed instruction in virtual and hybrid classroom environments. Kathi taught at both the high school and elementary levels with a broad range of learners. She also served as a district resource teacher in two school districts with a focus on building the capacity of school staff to successfully plan for and include learners with significant disabilities.


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Nolan Taylor, M.Ed.

Project Coordinator

Nolan coordinates MCIE’s online teaching and learning coursework, conducts workshops on inclusive education, and works on projects with the Maryland State Department of Education to advance the capacity of educators in Maryland to include children with disabilities. Before joining MCIE, Nolan was an elementary teacher in rural Oregon where he included learners with disabilities and provided training and support to other teachers in his district. He prides himself on dynamic student-led environments, equity in all discussions, humor, and supporting educators to be their best.

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Mary Barnard

Director of Finance and Business

Mary joined MCIE in 2004. In conjunction with the CEO, she oversees and manages all aspects of MCIE’s financial functions, including the day-to-day accounting, budget development and management, and financial statement preparation. In addition, she helps manage and oversee daily operations and some aspects of human resources. Starting in public accounting at Ernst & Young, Mary has more than 36 years of accounting and financial management experience, with the last 22 years solely in the nonprofit sector.

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Barb Gruber, Ph.D.

Project Coordinator

Barb has worked at MCIE for over 25 years with a focus on systems change and building the capacity of school-based staff to include all learners. She also is currently a lecturer in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she teaches an inclusive practices course. Barb has brought several projects to MCIE, including training and technical assistance for schools and districts in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Virginia, and Arkansas, as well as a 5-year national technical assistance project for the Professional Development in Autism Center with the University of Washington.


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Brittni Sammons, M.Ed.

Professional Learning Coordinator

Brittni joined MCIE in 2023 as a Professional Learning Coordinator after over 20 years in education with Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS).  She has served as a Special Educator, Assistant Principal, Inclusive Education Facilitator, and Supervisor of Instructional Performance.  Throughout her career, Brittni has advocated for students with disabilities to learn in general education and has a passion for culturally responsive instruction.  She has developed and implemented professional learning specific to co-teaching, culturally responsive instruction, and inclusive practices.  Brittni has presented as well as designed and facilitated workshops at TASH based on scheduling with natural proportions, learner planning, flexible services, and culturally responsive instruction.  In addition, she has experience with instructional coaching.  One of the advantages of Brittni’s experiences is that it included over five years in a partnership MCIE with implementing inclusive practices and leading systems change in her previous school system. 

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