Jenny Mathews, contributing writer

Joel Allred is the director of special education for Cache County School District. A father, grandfather, and educator for going on 37 years, Joel has seen children with all abilities navigate the school system. He loves children and even chose a career path focused on helping them succeed. We discuss how the special education system functions from the home to the classroom to each individual Instructional Educational Plan and some of the challenges parents encounter in the process. I particularly love the compassionate way he addresses advice for parents dealing with difficult emotions through the IEP process, and the importance of reading to and with our children as early as in the womb.

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Breakfast Epiphanies is a podcast hosted by Jenny Mathews and Emily Buckley that follows up on families featured in the print issue of Cache Valley Family Magazine and features local guests who are experts in their fields, who will share epiphanies on family life and raising kids, education, health, culture, business, philanthropy, and more. Do you know someone with an interesting story or perspective? Email us at