I didn’t find Mrs. Pierce, she found me...when I was twelve. I was using drugs and on probation. She helped me get the attention I needed. My grades went up, and I scored higher in
Math than any other student at my school. I’m twenty-seven now, and have my own daughter. The
best way I can thank Mrs. Pierce is to let people know that she notices things; and when
she notices a student their life gets better. In my opinion, she saved my life. And I’ve never met
anyone one like that.
J.N. / Madera, California
I have known Kara Pierce for thirty years during which time I established a private
practice in Fresno as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Specializing in troubled and
special needs youth and their families, I have enjoyed both a personal and professional perspective
of the exemplary legacy of Kara’s work, inspiring and motivating students to extraordinary
successes. Her knowledge and fluency of the education system is peerless, and her ability to clarify
and bring consensus has earned her a reputation as a compassionate, yet tough educational
Richard Reither M.A., L.M.F.T. / Fresno, California
My son had been in the Special Education ‘system’ for years. At times I doubted he would
make it to high school. During my son’s 8th grade year I asked Mrs. Pierce to review his
I.E.P. She was stunned to find that, with unmeasurable objectives, my son had seemingly not
advanced for years. After using Mrs. Pierce as an advocate, she not only had his I.E.P.
rewritten, but had him re-tested, and given a career assessment. My son has now graduated from
C.A.R.T. and attends Fresno City College.
S.R. / Fresno, California
I have had the privilege to know Kara Pierce for the last fourteen years and during that
time Kara has shown herself to be a leader amongst her peers as many seek her advice and
counsel. The expertise and knowledge base that Kara has developed allows her to engage in the
development and implementation of educational plans that addresses the academic and the
affective child. Kara's fervor for the welfare of students has placed her in the highest realm of
respect by their parents. Kara has made connections with children where others had given up hope.
Kara will not only make the connection, but because of her love of the child, will take it to a level of
a lifetime relationship.
Robert Chavez M.A. Ed. Admin. (Former Chief Academic Officer), Madera Unified School District / Madera, California
I have known Mrs. Pierce as both a professional colleague and personal friend for over
sixteen years. In my positions as a school nurse and mental health counselor I have worked closely
with Mrs. Pierce. She looks behind student difficulties so that she can mitigate the
source...whether it be in-classroom, at home, or within the student’s other associations/affiliations. I
have found Mrs. Pierce to, not only be a fearless student advocate within the educational
system, but a dynamic community educator as well.
Ruth K. Tyler M.S., M.A., RN , L.M.F.T. (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner-Credentialed School Nurse) / Portland, Oregon
My son had behavior problems that got him expelled from private school. Mrs. Pierce
helped me transition my son to public school, and receive Speech Services.
K.K. M.S. Accounting / Clovis, California
My daughter was denied special education for over eight years. Mrs. Pierce got
her tested and made the school district give her the education she needed. My daughter works at
a pre-school now and wants to start other children out right loving education.
M.R. / Madera, California
My grandson lives with me and had a lot of anger over his mom abandoning him. It seemed
like he was in trouble everyday at school. Mrs. Pierce convinced the school to work with
him, not against him. My grandson still struggles, but now he gets B’s and C’s instead of all F’s and
doesn’t hate school.
S.P. / Visalia, California
...a few examples of R.E.A.C.H. success stories.
Kara Pierce, M.A.
Phone: (559) 321-7530
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