Welcome to Exceptional Teaching Solutions

Training teachers of exceptional students for success!

About Us

Goal Oriented Outcomes

  •   Increasing academic achievement, increasing student engagement and decreasing challenging behaviors all begin with teacher training. Exceptional Teaching Solutions has over 45 years combined experience developing strategies and solutions for diverse learning styles. Review our list of workshop topics that we can tailor to meet your goals.   

Assistive Technology Solutions

  • With over thirty years of evaluating students for assistive technology tools to improve challenges in the classroom, Exceptional Teaching Solutions can help you create a plan for evaluating you students'  needs.

Trainings Within Your Timeline

  •   Exceptional Teaching Solutions creates customized trainings focused on your school’s needs. We design workshops and trainings for your teachers in a variety of specific topics. On-site or remote in-service workshops can be delivered in several formats allowing Exceptional Teaching Solutions to assist schools all over the world. Call or email to discuss your exceptional teachers’ solutions today.  

Meet Our Educators!

Jeanmarie Reel Jacoby M.Ed.


  • Jeanmarie Jacoby has over 32 years experience in the field of special education. She earned her master's degree in special education and holds a graduate certificate in Assistive Technology Applications. Originally from the Boston area, Jeanmarie worked first a teacher, then as an AT consultant and Special Education Supervisor for 15 years. Warmer climates beckoned and after a brief experience teaching resource for the American International Schools in Venezuela, Jeanmarie settled in Phoenix, Arizona. Her many roles in special education include program specialist, AT Trainer and Adjunct Instructor at Grand Canyon University and Northern Arizona University.  Jeanmarie has received several awards for her teaching and advocacy roles for students with disabilities including, “Outstanding Educator” from the Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues. Through her role as Director or Exceptional Teaching Solutions, Jeanmarie has provided trainings and workshops for parents and teachers nationally and internationally. She is passionate about advocating for students with disabilities, sharing her experiences, mentoring new teachers and providing training for parents and educators in an effort to make the world a more inclusive environment for everyone. 

Candice Steel SLP-L, ATP

  • Candice has worked with individuals with disabilities for nearly 20 years in many different roles including habilitation therapist, one-on-one assistant, substitute teacher and speech-language pathology assistant.  A majority of the time was as a speech-language therapist with a focus in augmentative alternative communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT). Candice has received training in various aspects of AT, speech/language techniques, behavior analysis/management and leadership.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science from Arizona State University.  She is a licensed SLP-L  in the state of Arizona and is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) through The Rehabilitation, Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).     She has presented at local and national conferences on topics involving: AAC implementation, programs and supports for adult AAC users, and employment. Candice is a strong advocate for giving individuals with disabilities a voice and a path toward an inclusive life. 

Ricki Light M.Ed.

  • Over the past thirty seven years, Rick Light has enjoyed a varied and rewarding career in the field of special education.  For the past seventeen years she has been an Educational Advocate and Strategist in Arizona. The twenty years  prior to that, Ricki was a special educator in public school systems Canada and the US.  In addition to working with educational teams as an advocate, her experiences in the field of education have included facilitating social skills groups for children and teens on the Autism Spectrum, being a classroom teacher for children and teens with moderate to severe academic, social and behavioral needs, being a district Least Restrictive Environment Facilitator, Special Education Program Specialist, Behavior Specialist, Department Chairperson and Career and Transition Teacher.  
    Ricki holds master’s degrees  in counseling and school administration as well as bachelor of science degrees in education and psychology.  She has been certified in k-12 general and special education as well as in  school administration. Ricki has also completed various local and national legal advocacy trainings related to the field of special education.
    She has presented at conferences held locally, nationally and internationally on topics that include; positive behavior supports, classroom management and inclusive techniques to use when working with children and young adults with unique learning, attention, social, behavioral, emotional and communication differences.   Ricki is focused on designing classroom strategies that meet the unique learning, academic, social, emotional and/or behavioral needs of her clients, while working in collaboration with all members of the medical, therapeutic and educational teams.

Elizabeth Burbridge Gingerich M.Ed.

  • Elizabeth has worked in the field of special education for almost a decade. She earned her Bachelor's of Special Education from Arizona State University where she was recognized with the Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Special Education.Elizabeth went onto teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder for six years. Her love for teaching children on the Autism Spectrum prompted her to further her education in Applied Behavior Analysis by obtaining her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction Teaching and Learning. Elizabeth has been trained in many therapies and interventions for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which include TEACCH, Structured Teaching, Discrete Trial Training and Pivotal Response Training.  In the last year, she worked as a Special Services Specialist where she is coaches teachers in classroom management, collecting data, and implementing academic and behavior strategies as well as  monitoring  compliance. Elizabeth believes in educating professionals to best meet the needs of all students. When students are given the tools they need to succeed, progress is made in academics, socialization, communication and functional skills.

Trainings and Workshops

Resources for Teachers

Visual Aids for Learning

On Line Classroom Resources from Set-BC 

Student Resources Library

Visual Supports and Tools

Strategies and tools to support students with autism. Free visual supports for behavior, socialization, communication, self management and schedules.

Victories in Autism

Exceptional Teaching Solutions Pinterest Boards

Pinterest boards on a variety of topics such as Classroom Management, Executive Function, UDL and Visual Supports.

ETSolutions Pinterest Boards


PBIS World offers resources and sttategies for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports categorized by challenging behaviors.

PBIS World

AT Tip Jar

Assistive Technology Tips and Tricks

Click Here for the latest tip!

Resources for Reading


Bookshare is a digital library that is free to students that qualify, Books are available in audio, braille or large print. Truly one of my favorite resources!


Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg has over 56,000 free ebooks available. Books are available in several formats such as epub books, kindle or you can download them.  



Storyline contains videos of actors reading children books. The books are organized in alphabetical order. The website was designed for parent and teachers to have as a resource.


Unite for Literacy

Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to picture books, narrated in many languages.



FREE audio stories for kids, including fairytales, original stories, myths, poems, music, history and audiobooks all read beautifully by professional actors. Storynory has published an audio story every week since November 2005. http://www.storynory.com 

Tarheel Reader

A collection of free, easy to read, books for  for emerging readers. Children can read or write their own books.


Math Resources

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

A collection of online, interactive activities that are organized by strand and grade levels.


Mr. Nussbaum

A collection of online games and interactive activities in all subjects.

Mr. Nussbaum's Website



Math apps for 2D and 3D graphing, geometry, algebra, calculus and statistics.


Free Graph Paper

Create your own graph paper.


Create a Graph

Doorway Online: Time

Activities to introduce students to the concept of time. (There are activities for money as well but they are not in US coins)


Exceptional Teaching Solutions

Trainings and Workshops

Exceptional Teaching Solutions has a program to fit your needs.  We have a list of most popular trainings listed on our website.  We also provide customized trainings in a variety of formats to fit your school's specific needs.  

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops for Educators

  • ATIA- Orlando, FL January 30-February 2, 2019. "The ATIA conference is the world's most extensive assistive technology conference showcasing international excellence in the field." For more information visit: http://www.atia.org/conference/

  • #UDLchat- #UDLchat is a bi-monthly Twitter chat focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This is a virtual community of practitioners, enthusiasts, and evangelists eager to discuss resources, successes, and challenges in implementing UDL in a wide variety of environments and contexts.
    They meet every 1st & 3rd Wednesday from 6-6:30pm PT / 9-9:30pm ET for a rapid-fire learning-focused chat, and build your PLN! To join check out: https://www.smore.com/4y00x-udlchat-udlconfessions

  • ISTE 2019- Philadelphia, PA June 23-26. The ISTE Conference & Expo is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world. For more than three decades, educators and education leaders have gathered at the ISTE conference to engage in hands-on learning, exchange ideas and network with like-minded thinkers seeking to transform learning and teaching. For more information visit: https://conference.iste.org/2019/

  • AzTAP-Scottsdale, AZ July 14-16, 2019.  AzTAP 2019 will integrate three  of Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Human Development (IHD) project areas into one mega educational event.  For more information visit: http://aztap.org/conference/

  • Closing the Gap- Prior Lake, MN October 2-4, 2019. "Practical, sound assistive technology (AT) resources, strategies and training. Annual, international AT conference, online magazine and webinars!"  For more information visit: https://www.closingthegap.com/conference/

  • ISAAC 2020 Conference- Riviera Maya, Mexico -More information soon. The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) works to improve the lives of children and adults who use AAC. For more conference information contact: https://www.isaac-online.org/english/


  • "I am very impressed with this program and commend you on the progress you have made with changing the culture around inclusion."    
  • "I have witnessed countless benefits from the implementation of this program in all our students." 
  • "Jeanmarie is a true champion for education." 

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do you work with Charter Schools?

Yes, we work with public, private, charter and home school educators.

2.  Do you work with general education teachers?

Yes, though our focus  is on training teachers of special education students, we provide training and strategies to the entire team working with exceptional learners.

3.  Can you provide trainings on site?

We are based in Arizona. We do provide on-site trainings and customized webinars to fit your teacher training needs.

4. Do you offer teacher training on autism? 

Yes, we offer a wide variety of teacher training in all areas of special education including autism, executive function, assistive technology and challenging behavior strategies.

Contact Us

Exceptional Teaching Solutions

Phoenix, Arizona



Phoenix, Arizona 85083, United States


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