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Cindy Michaels


Cindy Michaels joined the firm in 2016 as a Special Education Consultant. She is the owner of SOS: Strategic Out-Source Services and has consulted with special education administrators and other professionals for almost 20 years in Texas, New Mexico, and states with Bureau of Indian Education schools. She specializes in support services to develop and maintain special education compliance at the individual student and program levels.

Cindy is a former public school administrator in Texas with more than40 years in education. She served as director of special education in both a thirteen-district shared service arrangement for 2,000+ students with disabilities and in a single-member district for 500+ students with disabilities. She was director of other district special service programs; an instructional services consultant in a Texas Regional Education Service Center; and an educational diagnostician, clinical trainer, and faculty associate at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. She was a teacher in special education, general education, and at the university level.


M.S., University of Texas at Dallas, 1976

B.S., West Texas State University, 1972


  • University of Texas at Dallas, Certification, 1992
  • ​East Texas State University, Certification, 1982


“Developing a Compliant Independent Evaluation Process,” Panel Presenter, Region 10 Education Service Center (ESC), March 2016

“The Rock, Paper, Scissors Guide to Managing Support and Related Service Staff,” Region 10 ESC, March 2015

“Know Your Job: Tried and (sometimes) True Treasure Tips for Special Education Directors,” Region 10 ESC, September 2014

“Legal & Practical: Using Professional Judgment in Response to Allegations of Disability-Based Harassment under Recent Case Law,” Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) state conference, co-presented with Laura O’Leary of Fanning Harper Martinson Brandt & Kutchin, July 2013

​“PBMAS 101: Practical Basic Management of the Analysis System,” TCASE state conference, July 2013

“1 Picture = 1000 Words, So 1 Graph = 1000 Numbers – Helping Staff Understand PBMAS,” TCASE state conference, January 2013