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Meg Lea, MAT


& Individualized

Support Planner 

With over 20 years passionately serving and advocating for persons with intellectual, emotional, physical, and developmental differences, I support these exceptional beings and their families in gaining the skills they need to thrive in the world with the utmost autonomy and independence. 

I believe that all people, regardless of individual challenges, deserve to be seen and heard for their unique gifts and strengths.

My professional experience as a direct care provider in the mental health field began in high school. During my senior year, I volunteered at a day school for students who were diagnosed with 'moderate' and 'severe' disabilities.


At an early age, I was introduced to the nuances of communication, and discovered how to support each individual with the tools that would help them meet their specific needs. I carried those skills into my next role at the Asheville Open Hearts Art Center (OHAC), where I had the privilege of learning how to offer art therapy for adults with disabilities. 


These experiences refined my own core values, solidifying my commitment to the life-long vocation of working alongside these exceptional people. 

I began working in mental healthcare, primarily with “at risk” adolescents experiencing a variety of behaviors. I learned that, underneath many of these behaviors, there lived deep emotions around untreated developmental and learning disabilities.

Behaviors emerge from deep emotions, like flares signaling the need for creative solutions. 
I tap into the natural world and its systems to help my students become more self-regulated and available to learning. 

While teaching horticulture and outdoor education at a therapeutic boarding school, I supported students by providing a space to learn self-regulation, how to grow their own food, and how to connect and nurture their relationship with themselves and their environment. 


As I transitioned from working in the crisis and behavioral assessment environment, I saw an opportunity to transfer what worked for those teens into improving the elementary and middle school classroom setting as well. 

Throughout my professional journey,

I have come to understand that learning how to self-regulate, self-advocate, and connect with oneself are essential life skills for people of all abilities.

Master’s in Teaching: Special Education, from North Carolina State University
Science of Reading Certification with the NC State Improvement Program; Trained in 95 RAP
Well-versed in the North Carolina Public Education System
Informed in the latest policy changes affecting students with disabilities

Academic Support

Cultivating abilities applicable to the school environment; offering personalized one-on-one and small group tutoring.

Evaluating an individual's requirements for self-sufficient living, educational direction, and job attainment.

Functional Living Assessment
& Skill Building



Family Support

Creating successful academic and personal life strategies while working as a liaison with schools to advocate for families navigating the IEP/504 process.

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