MyKey Plans

Barb (Blakeslee) Beck, M.Ed has been teaching in secondary special education for over 27 years with an emphasis in adult transition services for students ages 18-21.  

Her degrees in Speech/Language Pathology and Special Education – Deaf/Hard of Hearing have enabled her to engage students and their families in providing positive post-school outcomes.

After graduating from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Barb had her start in Portland Public Schools and has spent most of her career in the Northshore School District working in Secondary Special Services.

Barb states that her greatest passion is supporting student in identifying their own personal strengths and seeing the unique gifts that they bring to their communities and chosen career pathways.  

She is committed to supporting all students but particularly those with accommodations and their families in developing their self-determination leading toward positive post-school outcomes.

Her work to author My Transition Portfolio (and related ancillary materials) is designed to provide parents a comprehensive portfolio development system which designed to address the person-centered planning needs of students who are 14-21 years of age within special education homeschool settings. Students are able to develop and update their portfolio through the transition years to adulthood.

Using intuitive prompts that have been proven to break down even the most difficult of communication barriers, My Transition Portfolio is a comprehensive companion guide specifically developed to unlock self-determination in young adults. Its fourteen keys, including “My Strengths and Weaknesses,” “Find Careers That Match You,” and ”Manage Your Own Money,” are each developed to draw out individual preferences and in turn create opportunities rooted in systematic goal-setting.