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I was born and raised in a small rural town in northeast Florida. I received my PhD in special education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. I have worked as a special education teacher, general education teacher, English-language teacher in Asia, and literary specialist. Most recently I worked at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute as the Intervention Director for the Targeted Reading Intervention.
Early Literacy Intervention Implementation
Coaching and Collaboration
Literacy Instruction Development of Special Education Preservice Teachers
My research and teaching interests focus on literacy intervention. I am particularly interested in literacy coaching/mentoring models that support teachers when navigating through initial resistance to implementation. As such, I am particularly interested in coach/teacher relationships. This includes research focusing on mentor teacher (cooperating teacher)/preservice teacher relationships. In addition, I am interested in preservice special education teacher efficacy in teaching reading. Finally, I do research that focuses on early literacy intervention for learners who struggle in reading and writing.