Special Needs Academic Advisor and SPED Parent Equipping – Membership Site
Cindy offers Special Education Academic Advising for True North Homeschool Academy parents as well as through the Membership site.
Life is ever-evolving, and so is Cindy! Her latest accomplishment is becoming a published author! Her book Blazing New Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with Educational Disabilities, is helping parents and establishing her reputation as an education authority.
Wife of 34 years, retiring homeschool mom of eleven years to her five young adults, perpetual night owl, lay minister, and Interfaith Seminary student who loves mosaic art, choir singing, and good conversation. Living in rural Western Colorado, Cindy has also been the project manager and job coach for Buckaroos Slices and Scoops, a business designed to employ her own children with learning challenges, as well as others with developmental or cognitive delay.
Prior to spending the past ten years as a home educator teaching her five kids, she was a restaurant owner, an insurance agent, and a customer service manager. She also facilitated the international adoptions of all her children from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. She has assisted behind the scenes with their other businesses which include a mobile auto detailing business, a café at a local airport, and currently House of Spirits Liquors.
Cindy is the founder and group moderator of Blue Collar Homeschool, an almost 8000 member Facebook group with a resourcing web site. There she offers encouragement and shares her hard-earned homeschooling wisdom with families whose kids are heading toward trades or technical careers.
Cindy’s family presented unique challenges due to her children’s backgrounds of institutionalization and educational neglect.
She has a wealth of experience in special needs homeschooling and has successfully remediated and accommodated multiple learning disabilities including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Integration Disorder, Auditory Processing Disorder, Cognitive and Developmental Delay, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Slow Processing Speed, Short, and Long Term Memory issues, Reactive Attachment Disorder, Unspecified Language Disorders, English as a Second Language, Giftedness, and Speech/Cleft Lip and Palate issues.
She has also taught entrepreneurship and business development, and four of her five children are self-employed in fledgling businesses. Her youngest is starting college as a junior in high school with the ultimate goal of becoming an educator himself.
Professional Degrees & Experience
Equipped with a sharp mind and a relentless desire to self-educate, Cindy has attained licensing in multiple career areas for her “prior life”. Additionally, she earned her certification as a job coach for those with special needs from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a graduate of the Theological Education Institute of the Rocky Mountains, United Church of Christ, and is currently a seminary student at One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.
Cindy LaJoy has been a fantastic addition to the team of teachers working with my son. As a child who is on the spectrum, he has executive function and language difficulties that are very specific to him. Cindy goes above and beyond to tailor her communication style and educational planning to meet him exactly where he is. Under her gentle guidance, he’s gone from being a child walking into school in tears, to one who is organized and more confident to complete his lessons. As a full-time working mom, our homeschool situation would never have been possible without Cindy. I highly recommend her as a teacher.