Chief Consultant for Special Education – Emergency Response
Brad Paddock is a veteran teacher, special educator, and administrator working in both private and public residential and educational institutions over the past 34 years. He has many years’ experience as a first responder with numerous qualifications and certifications including New York State Fire Instructor for the Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Paddock is in his 42nd year as a First Responder including current service as an Interior Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician and Fire District Commissioner. In addition to volunteer and elected activities he is an appointed member of the staff of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Office of Fire Prevention and Control, (OFPC) working as a New York State Fire Instructor. He holds numerous certifications and qualifications, teaching recruits and veteran firefighters in a variety of emergency response classes and subjects including NIMS.
During the past ten years he has been an active member of his local school district Safety Committee and Building Emergency Response Team. He is a member of the county wide Critical Incident Stress Management Team under the direction and training by staff of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, responding to districts in crisis both locally and regionally.
- Permanent New York State Certification K-12 Special Education
- Permanent New York State Certification School District Administrator
- Certified Level Two New York State Fire Instructor
- Developed and implemented a Junior High School Department program for emotionally challenged special education students in a center based education center.
- Developed and implemented a pilot Intensive Day Treatment (IDT) program in cooperation with local school districts and the regional New York State Office of Mental Health Children’s Psychiatric Center, providing short term educational and intensive psychiatric services for students in acute mental health crisis. This program became a model for replication in New York State and nationally.
- Coordinator of Special Education Training & Resource Center (SETRC) for the New York State Department of Education Vocational Educational Services to Individuals with Disabilities (VESID) which included review of district compliance with state and federal IDEA regulation, facilitation of strategic planning, development of Comprehensive System of Professional Development (CSPD) plans, development and delivery of staff development programs in classroom management, special education instruction and child abuse reporting requirements.
- Co-Authored state wide training manual on Instructional Support Team strategies for state-wide implementation.
- Committee on Special Education Chairperson and Director of Pupil Personnel Services.
- Developed and implemented Project Based Learning program for at-risk middle school students.