Meghan Fitzgerald is a Special Education Consultant and serves as a Board Trustee for New Roots Charter School. She was the founding Brooklyn Regional Director of Special Education at Uncommon Schools, a non-profit charter school management organization that provides college preparatory education for students in the lowest performing districts in New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts. During her tenure from 2006-2021, the number of schools opened and managed by Uncommon grew from 5 to 55. She directly oversaw special education and English language learner leadership development, teaching and operations at 24 schools in Brooklyn. Under her guidance, Uncommon opened inclusive co-teaching classes, a specialized high school program providing alternative pathways for college and career readiness, and robust English language learner services. Under her leadership, Uncommon secured a multi-million-dollar grant to advance outcomes for Black and Latinx students with disabilities who face economic and socio-political disadvantages.
Prior to joining Uncommon she was the founding Special Education Program Coordinator at InterActive Therapy Group in New York City. She has worked with districts, graduate programs, non-profits, and charter schools across the country to create equity and accountability for students with disabilities and English language learners. Meghan holds an M.A. in Learning Disabilities from Hunter College and a B.S. in General and Special Education from SUNY Geneseo. In 2021 she, her husband and two sons relocated to Ithaca to support the growth of their family with a focus on disability justice, eco-sustainability, and community building.