|Present||Associate Professor of Special Education and Assistant Director of the School of Education, University of Texas at Tyler|
|2007 - 2013||Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Texas at Tyler ‐ Education|
Honors and Awards
- Nasim Dil Service Award, Small Special Education Programs Caucus of the Teacher Education Division of CEC, 2017
- National Member of the Year Council for Educational Diagnostic Services, Council for Educational Diagnostic Services, 2017
- Recipient -UT Tyler Faculty Senate Distinguished Faculty Award, Faculty Senate -The University of Texas at Tyler, 2013
- Outstanding Faculty Award, Texas Alpha XI Chapter of Alpha Chi, 2010
- White Teaching Fellowship/Minnie Piper Stevens Award (nominee), 2011
- UT Tyler Faculty Senate Distinguished Faculty Award (nominee), 2012
- EDSP 5362: Adolescents and Adults with Disabilities
- EDSP 5370: Learning Theory as Applied to Individuals with Disabilities
- EDSP 3354: Instructional Programming for Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities
- EDSP 3351: Managing and Instructing Diverse Learners
- EDSP 4361: Learning and Neurological Disabilities
- EDSP 5360: Seminar-Learning Disabilities
- EDSP 4350: Survey of Human Exceptionality
|2005||Doctor of Education, Stephen F. Austin State University ‐ Educational Leadership|
|1996||Master of Education, University of Texas at Tyler ‐ Education|
|1988||Bachelor of Science in Education, University of Texas at Tyler ‐ Education|
Research Works (19)
Using a school-wide coaching framework to create safe and inclusive spaces for students who identify as LGBTQ Preventing School Failure (2021)
Students identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning/queer (LGBTQ) oftenface bullying and inequity in classrooms and schools across the United States. This article outlinesa school-wide coaching framework to create safe spaces at elementary and ...
Employing a Community of Inquiry Framework to Understand Graduate Students' Perceptions of Supports in Asynchronous Online Courses Focused on Assessment Education Faculty Publications and Presentations (2019)
As universities increase the number of online course offerings, the quality of programs is often called into question. In many instances, student input is not solicited when devising online course offerings and faculty often lack ...
Our voices count: the lived experiences of LGBTQ educators and its impact on teacher education preparation programs Teaching Education (2017)
LGBTQ issues are often marginalized in teacher preparation programs. This marginalization perpetuates heternormative practices in schools. Utilizing the lens of narrative inquiry, this study examined the lives of 10 LGBTQ teachers residing in various geographical ...
Looking Through the Webcam Lens: Reflections on Moving Assessment Courses from Face-to-Face to Online Education Faculty Publications and Presentations (2016)
This article presents one university’s transition from a traditional face-to-face graduate program of special education with certification as an educational diagnostician to an online format. More specifically, the authors describe the development of assessment courses ...
Updated perspectives on educational diagnosticians’ understanding of reading assessments Education Faculty Publications and Presentations (2015)
Chappell, Stephens, Kinnison, and Pettigrew (2009) conducted a study investigating educational diagnosticians knowledge of early reading development. Our study replicated the work of Chappell et al. through a mixed methods design that investigated educational diagnosticians’ ...
Meeting the needs of the hidden minority: Transition planning tips for LGBTQ youth Preventing School Failure (2015)
Effective transition planning requires school personnel to ascertain the preferences and interests of the student and to focus on services including instruction, related services, employment, and postschool living arrangements necessary to support postschool outcomes. While ...
The Impact of Field Experiences on Pre-service Teachers' Decisions Regarding Special Education Certification Journal of Education and Human Development (2015)
Across the United States, there is a continuing shortage of special education teachers. As a result, institutions of higher education must prepare a sufficient number of highly qualified special educators to meet the needs of ...
A theoretical model for measuring change: Reliable change index Research to Practice in the Schools (2013)
School psychologists often need to measure change in behavior or cognition across time and treatment conditions. This is typically done without consideration of issues such as reliability and statistical significance. This article presents a psychometrically ...
Families speak to early childhood teachers: Impressions and Expectations SRATE Journal (2013)
Investigators interviewed 54 families of children with disabilities ages seven through nine to examine the expectations that families of young children hold for their child’s teacher. Responses themes were examined to determine if a pattern ...
Family expectations: One dimension of effective family-teacher partnerships Research to Practice: K-12 Scholarship Journal (2013)
Development of family-school partnerships is no longer a mutually exclusive responsibility reserved solely for special educators. All teachers are called to assume a more active role in these partnerships, which have not only been shown ...
Peeking Inside Pandora’s Box: One University’s Journey into the Redesign of Teacher Educator Preparation Education Faculty Publications and Presentations (2012)
In the last two decades, there have been various calls for reform in teacher education programs to address the needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and students with disabilities. Consequently, many teacher ...
Promoting Successful Transitions: What Can We Learn From RTI to Enhance Outcomes for All Students? Preventing School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth (2010)
Achieving positive postschool outcomes continues to be a challenge for many students. These challenges are compounded for students with disabilities, even years after the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (1990; IDEA) required systematic transition planning. ...
Transcending Rainbow Flags and Pride Parades: Preparing Special Education Preservice Educators to Work with Gay and Lesbian Youth Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Education (SRATE) Journal (2010)
Educators are often at a loss in handling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in the classroom. tvOften this is attributable to a lack of training during the preservice program at the university level. ...
RTI implementation challenges for rural elementary principals Southeastern Teacher Education Journal (2009)
While many states have provided guidance in the implementation of RTI, the State of has provided little guidance to school districts. This study examines the challenges faced by rural elementary school principals in Texas in ...
National Implications: Overrepresentation of African Americans in Special Education Programs in East Texas Elementary Schools: A Multi-Case Qualitative Study National Forum of Special Education Journal (2008)
Despite a wealth of literature examining overrepresentation of African American students in special education programs, little research has focused on overrepresentation at the local and regional level. Using case study qualitative method, the experiences of ...