My granddaughter, Emma, struggled from the very beginning of elementary school. Pullout services for reading and math were set up and were minimally effective, so I started asking about transferring Emma to a different program. Finally an IEP meeting was arranged for her 5 th grade year, it was there I met Ms. Gastaldi. We worked out a detailed plan that included both social skills as well as academics; Emma joined in the meeting. Bre paid careful attention to Emma and showed her around the classroom. One of Emma’s main diagnoses is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). I gave Bre a book detailing FASD, it’s characteristics and helpful tips for the classroom. Bre read the book and implemented some of the ideas. With Bre’s teaching skills, Emma blossomed both academically and socially. Bre was patient with both Emma and I as we learned our way around special education. Emma made amazing progress with Bre’s direction and went on to 6th grade well prepared. I am forever grateful to Bre for the support she offered to me and the chance she provided for Emma to succeed. Today Emma is a junior in High School. She’s happy, working hard, and has a 3.7 gpa!