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Welcome to my electronic portfolio. I recently completed a doctorate from the early childhood intervention specialist program at the Kent State University (KSU) Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Research and Teaching (CEECRT).  In addition, my educational background includes a master’s degree in special education from KSU and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. I have more than five years experience working with young children with and without disabilities and have taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level at KSU and currently, at the University of West Georgia.

I now work for the University of West Georgia (UWG) in Carrollton, GA as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood and Special Education. I teach mostly undergraduate level courses related to special education theory, law, and practices. I also supervise practicum students in special education settings. Before UWG, I worked at the State Support Team as an early literacy consultant. My major responsibilities included organizing and facilitating regional professional development around early literacy and serving as a lead mentor for an early childhood coaching and mentoring program.  I also worked closely with area school districts to support their development and implementation of all aspects of a quality preschool system. Furthermore, I provided training and in-service education to teachers on a variety of topics related to high-quality early childhood education (e.g. positive behavior supports; response to intervention; communication; inclusion; representing diversity in the classroom).

My research interests include tiered instruction, early communication and oral language skills, universal design for learning, differentiated instruction for inclusive programming, defining evidence-based practice, and social and behavioral interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders.