Team Member Spotlight of the Month

We love to feature our team members for their quality of work and assets they bring to the Partnership. Check back each month for a new team member spotlight.

Adrienne Quarles-Smith
Program Specialist, Early Childhood Special Education


Adrienne Quarles-Smith

What is your role at the Partnership?

Program Specialist, Early Childhood Special Education

How long have you been at the Partnership?

Since August 2018

What does your job entail?

I provide training and technical assistance for school divisions within superintendent’s regions 1 & 8 to support infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities across all educational settings.

What do you like best about your job?

The best part of my job is having the opportunity to work with and promote the amazing work that Early Childhood Special Educators (ECSE) do everyday to support our youngest citizens with disabilities and their families. 

What is one thing you would like for everyone to know about the Partnership?

As an adult with a disability it's important to be a part of an organization that centers and celebrates differing abilities through a commitment to education, advocacy, and community engagement.

How do you define success?

I define success by the meaningful connections and relationships I am privileged to have with my family, friends, colleagues, and the communities I have served as an educator.  

What inspires you?

I am deeply inspired by individuals with disabilities who serve as mirrors for students, families, and communities by openly sharing their lived experiences and celebrating their differing abilities.

What is one new thing you learned in the last month?

Last month, I learned the value of reflection and making peace with change by beginning a meditation practice.

What are three things that are important to you?

  • Elevating the voices of families of students with disabilities.
  • Creating spaces for courageous conversations about the impact of equitable practices.
  • Maintaining my community connections.