Cici Migay, Co-Founder/Vice President
CiCi Migay was raised in Fresno, California. Her passion has always been working with kids, and her first work experience involved teaching dance, tumbling, creative movement, and social dance to children between the ages of 2 and 17. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Diversified Liberal Studies at Saint Mary’s College of California in 1993, enrolled in the College’s School of Education, and subsequently received a Multiple Subject Professional Clear Teaching Credential from Saint Mary’s in 1994. CiCi’s first teaching job began in 1995 at John Baldwin Elementary in San Ramon Valley Unified School District. She moved to Brentwood in 1997 after securing a teaching job with Brentwood Union School District and has been employed teaching second, third, and fourth grades ever since. CiCi married her husband, Sash, in 1995 and they now live in Brentwood with their three children; daughter Malia, born in 1999, son Braeden, born in 2005, and daughter Leighton, born in 2008.
After failing to achieve many of her developmental milestones, CiCi’s daughter was diagnosed with Hypomelanosis of Ito in 2001. Malia is treated by doctors primarily for epilepsy and endocrine issues, and receives therapy services for cerebral palsy, speech, and hearing loss. CiCi has researched her daughter’s disabilities and made connections with other families across the country and around the world that are affected by Hypomelanosis of Ito. She continues to become increasingly involved with children with a range of disabilities, and their families, in her community and has helped her husband found, organize, and run a nationally-recognized TOPSoccer program in Brentwood. Brentwood’s TOPSoccer league serves more than 50 children with special needs, drawing from all parts of East Contra Costa County and beyond, and includes typically able-bodied children and teens in a Buddy role for each of the amazingly special players on the roster.
When CiCi can spare a minute or two, you’ll find her at a local nursery surrounded by fresh blooms, tending to her garden, or snuggled under a blanket for a little cat nap. She is also an active supporter of and current participant in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
As the mother of both a special needs and two typical children, a teacher of regular education students, and a person involved in community outreach, CiCi’s desire is to bring the needs of children with disabilities, as well as their families, to the forefront. She wants to see that the care they require and the opportunities for growth and socialization they deserve are as accessible in her region as they are to the mainstream. The Special Kids Foundation, Inc. is the means by which she will be able to make these things happen.