History

T.E.A.M.S. was started in 2007 by two women, with special needs children, in Shreveport, Louisiana. Cassie Hubble and Jill Goldsberry discovered that many students in Caddo Parish had school related charges and no one to help them navigate both the school system and the court system. These two ladies are the first parents in the United States to become court appointed education advocates for the Juvenile Court system.

They have over 50 combined years of experience advocating for students that need additional supports in the school system. They are trained in special education law, positive behavior supports, non violent restraint methods for emergency situations and training from the Child Welfare Advanced Institute.

Since the conception of T.E.A.M.S. in 2007, T.E.A.M.S. has branched from serving just Caddo Parish, to Bossier Parish and then into “Rural Outreach” of five additional parishes: Webster, Claiborne, Red River, Bienville and DeSoto Parishes. The focus has shifted from working solely with students “at risk” of becoming involved in the court system to working with students with unique learning needs.

The focus changed to prevention when results proved that offering students the educational supports they needed before they meet the criteria of “at risk”, kept students out of the court system altogether.

 

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