Meet the Founders:
Haidee and Sarah

Haidee Copeland, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Haidee Copeland

With over twenty years of experience in the field of education, and a background in the field of technology, and the proud parent of an individual with a disability, Dr. Copeland brings a unique blend of experience to her role as co-founder and champion of AET’s mission is to improve educational outcomes for learners, one engaging, collaborative educational experience at a time. Her areas of specialization include:

  • Professional development for licensure and prelicensure educators:
    • Reading
    • Mathematics
    • Classroom Behavior Management
  • Collaboration/supervisor for licensure and prelicensure special educators
  • Districtwide consultation/support in prekindergarten to transition classroom:
    • Classroom Behavior Management
    • Autism
    • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
    • Inclusion
    • Functional Behavior Assessment / Behavior Support Plans
    • Understanding the Impact of Behavior & Disability in Promoting Equity for All

Sarah Blattler

Chief Operating Officer


Sarah Blattler

All children deserve the opportunity to live up to their potential. I am passionate about helping parents and educators create the right conditions to give kids that chance. Together we make a difference.”

Sarah is a solutions focused executive with over twenty years of experience within the field of organizational operations. She is highly versed in complex organizational management and project management. Sarah excels at getting things done!

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Outsourced Technology
  • Marketing
  • Advertising & Social Media
  • Risk Management

When not working to ensure all children have access to the best possible education, Sarah enjoys hiking with her family and their Newfoundland.


Candace Carver

Senior Education Specialist

Candace Carver

My name is Candace Carver and I get asked often about where I am from and that is usually received with a sigh because my father was in the military and for the first 10 years of my life we moved all over the country.  As an adult, I seemed to continue the tradition and moved many times within the state of Oregon.  I have enjoyed many of my adventures and found making friends.

My immediate family lives in western Washington and I visit them often.  I currently have 2 guinea pigs that are a part of my classroom, but they are just as much a part of my home.  Activities that I enjoy in my pastime are reading, playing board or card games, going to church, anything that has to do with arts and crafts and building, and road biking. Don’t be surprised if you drive by me on my bike somewhere in the region.

I have been a special education teacher for the past 10 years in Hood River County School District.  Nine of those years have been at Hood River Middle School. Prior to my teaching experience, I was an instructional assistant for 4 years for South Coast ESD in a variety of middle schools in the region.  To say that I have a passion for middle school students and their success could be seen as an understatement.  I believe in building relationships and inspiring them to become what they have dreamed of.  I am currently delighted to be a part of the Seaside team and Accessible Education Tools! I am looking forward to working together to make all of our schools and community great.  

Michelle “Mickey” Pardew, PhD

Education Advisor

Michelle Pardew, Ph.D.

Mickey Pardew has enjoyed over 45 years in the field of education including a particular focus on early childhood education, parent education, counseling, and special education. For the past 33 years, she has worked in higher education as a professor, coordinator, and advocate. The most significant inspiration to her career path remains, being the sister of two brothers with disabilities: an older brother with dyslexia and a younger brother with autism spectrum disorders. Both brothers were identified during an era of no legal rights for special education and were denied a public education. Mickey has made advocacy for family inclusion and progress in understanding neurological conditions particularly ASD.