Mary Jo Barnett, M.Ed | 919-270-3739 | Email Me

Mary Jo Barnett


I’m Mary Jo Barnett and I founded Pathways Education Planning in 2011 because I enjoy helping families solve complicated education planning and therapeutic care questions. My mission as an Independent Education Consultant is helping students of all ages find the road to a bright future.

Are you looking for an understanding Education Consultant with professional knowledge and personal experience who understands what you are going through with your child? Do you need a guide to help your son or daughter toward a better future? It would be my pleasure to work with you.

As an active associate member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) I tour many high-quality schools and therapeutic treatment programs locally and nationally each year. I bring my client families the most up-to-date information about the best available options and education practices for their student. I  also serve as a Special Needs Advocate to assist my clients in getting the best possible services in their home schools.

I hold a BA Degree in Child Development/Special Education and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology. My professional experience includes more than 20 years as a special needs teacher, counselor, and education specialist. I also worked as  a family therapist in an alternative-education high school and served families in my private counseling practice where I specialized in helping adoptive families.

Some of the most helpful preparation I had to be an Education Consultant, however, came through parenting our own three children. My husband and I  formed our family through both birth and adoption. All three of our now young adult children have had learning and health challenges. I feel very blessed to have the professional knowledge I needed to help my own children over some big hurdles in their growing up. I am hopeful that I will have an opportunity to help your son or daughter too.

There is a spark in each young person just waiting to be lit! When young people are emotionally healthy and educated in an inspiring school they have a chance to achieve their true potential. When you help your daughter or son find the care and education she/he needs you will help light that fire of hope for the future. Success leads to success!

I hope you will allow me to serve your family as your Education Consultant.Together we will help guide your student on the road to their best possible future.

With warm best wishes,
Mary Jo Barnett Educational Consultant


Mary Jo Barnett Educational Consultant

Mary Jo Barnett, M.Ed