Steve is the director of CIEES and a professor of early childhood and special education at Old Dominion University. He earned
Steve is the director of CIEES and a professor of early childhood and special education at Old Dominion University. He earned his EdD from the University of Virginia and has served on the faculty at the University of Virginia in both the College of Education and the College of Medicine. He began his career in education as a third-grade teacher and has teaching experience in general education and in special education. Steve has published numerous articles, monographs, and book chapters addressing the education of children at risk and children with mild disabilities and their families. He has extensive experience in program evaluation, especially in the areas of substance abuse and individuals and families with special needs.
Bob is the co-director of CIEES and the Constance and Colgate Darden Professor of Special Education at Old Dominion University,
Bob is the co-director of CIEES and the Constance and Colgate Darden Professor of Special Education at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA. He earned his Ph.D. from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and has served on the faculty at Vanderbilt University and the University of Pittsburgh. He began his career as a special education classroom teacher and served as principal of several alternative education programs. Bob has published extensively on academic assessment and instruction, functional behavioral assessment and positive behavioral interventions and supports, collaboration and consultation in the schools, and practical ways to differentiate instruction for students with diverse learning and behavioral needs. He was president of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) and a Fulbright Senior Scholar.
Ann brings over 20 years of grant administration expertise to CIEES. She has also 17 years of experience as an adjunct
Ann brings over 20 years of grant administration expertise to CIEES. She has also 17 years of experience as an adjunct professor with a research focus on special education law and policy and marginalized populations. With the inception of the center, Steve, Bob, and Ann were able to give a unified voice and momentum to the desire to improve education for all students. Ann’s family believed that education was the answer to the complex and layered problems of bias and inequality. Her work with the center allows her to live this truth every day.
Susan BarrettCSBSsbarrett@odu.eduLearn MoreCSBSSusan Barrett is the director of the Center for Social Behavior Support (CSBS). Mrs. Barrett serves as an implementer partner with the United States Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)'s National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). In her role with the center, she assists with large-scale implementation of PBIS by providing training and technical assistance to states and districts across the country. She also works with Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia, and the University of New Hampshire to evaluate the impact of PBIS on students, school staff and school communities. She serves on the Association of Positive Behavior Supports Board of Directors. She co-leads the development of the Interconnected Systems Framework, a mental health and PBIS expansion effort, as well as serving on a national coaching workgroup to develop systems coaching materials, tools, and curriculum. Susan has been published in the areas of large-scale adoption of PBIS, mental health, cost-benefit analysis, advanced tier system development, and adoption of evidence-based practices in schools.
Nicholas Q. DiggsTTACndiggs@email@example.comLearn MoreTTAC, VTSS Systems Coach and Behavioral SpecialistNicholas is a VTSS systems coach and behavioral specialist at TTAC ODU. He primarily supports school districts in VDOE Superintendent’s Study Regions 2 and 3 by implementing multi-tiered systems of support to improve school culture and climate, promote mental wellness, and increase academic success. His previous professional experiences include teaching math and science and supporting PBIS implementation at the school and division level. His passions include coaching, increasing equity in practice, and promoting student achievement.
Ynez PetersonTTACypeterso@odu.eduLearn MoreTTACYnez is the assistive technology specialist for T-TAC ODU. Ynez has over 28 years’ experience being an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist in the Virginia Public School System supporting students, their teachers, and families to use assistive technology during learning activities. She shares her passion for working with students with disabilities by consulting with teachers, helping students achieve their highest potential, presenting at local and national occupational therapy and assistive technology conferences, instructing college students, developing online instructional training modules, and creating professional development opportunities for educators and community partners. Ynez has presented on occupational therapy and/or assistive technology solutions for students with disabilities at AOTA, Closing the Gap, ATIA, SHAV, the VOTA School System Symposium and several local Virginia conferences. Publications include The Gift of Reading for Closing the Gap Solutions Magazine, Feb/March 2010, You May Have a Wii, But Wii Use More in Closing the Gap Solutions Magazine, April/May 2010 edition, and Including Student Voice in IEP Meetings Through Use of Assistive Technology in TEACHING Exceptional Children. Always striving to find a low-tech solution to increase student independence, she placed third in the 32nd Annual Maddak Awards (Competition for Innovative Product Design) in 2006. She is the 2014 recipient of the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association (VOTA) Award of Merit for her contributions to occupational therapy scholarship and practice.
Kathy ThummTTACkthumm@odu.eduLearn MoreTTACKathy produces professional development materials for training workshops and inputs data for the VDOE database at TTAC ODU. In addition, she is a pottery instructor at the Hermitage Museum. Previous experience includes graphic design, public affairs, volunteerism, and non-profit management. Her passion is pottery and graphic design.
Laura BellerTTAClbeller@odu.eduLearn MoreTTAC, DirectorLaura serves as the director of the ODU Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC ODU), part of the statewide network of assistance centers serving across the Commonwealth where she facilitates the work of a team of education specialists. Laura earned B.A. degrees in teaching emotionally disturbed and teaching intellectually disabled and a master’s in learning disabilities. She has served as a teacher (ED, ID and SLD) in various positions (co-teacher, resource teacher, curriculum resource consultant), and started her career at TTAC ODU as a curriculum and instruction specialist. In her work, she strives to improve educational opportunities for Virginia children and youth with disabilities.
Patti Hershfeldt, EdDCSBSphershfe@odu.eduLearn MoreCSBSPatti is the co-director of CSBS. She is an implementer partner with the United States Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)'s National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). In her role with the center, she assists with implementation of PBIS by providing training and technical assistance to states and districts, specific to high school implementation, across the country. She co-leads the national high school workgroup and is the co-coordinator of the APBS High School Network. Both organizations address the need for high school implementers to form a community for engaging in shared problem solving and collaboration as well as a forum for researchers to make connections. Patti is a steering team member for the Family-School-Community Alliance. She is a faculty associate for the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, teaching coursework and supporting doctoral candidates in special education. Her research interests include implementation in high schools, equity, youth voice, and coaching and has published in these areas.
Corinne Wilson, Ph.D.CIEES firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn MoreCIEES Corinne Wilson is a research analyst for CIEES. She supports center activities including grant writing, development of research and evaluation designs, and data collection, management, and analysis. Additionally, Corinne serves as an evaluator for the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) initiative and is a member of the state leadership, evaluation, and implementation teams. She regularly contributes to VTSS's continuous improvement, data-based decision-making implementation framework. Through VTSS alignment goals, Corinne works with other VDOE departments including the Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) Improvement.
Daniel Biegun, EdDTTACdbiegun@odu.eduLearn MoreTTACDaniel served as a high school special education teacher for the early part of his career, then transitioned to T-TAC ODU where he has been supporting public school educators for the past 12 years. Working directly with educators as they design meaningful educational experiences for their diverse groups of students is his greatest professional joy. His areas of focus include academic instruction for students with intellectual disabilities, universal design for learning, and self-determination skills. He is also proud to serve students and educators across the state through his work with the I'm Determined Project and the Virginia Division on Career Development and Transition.
Kristen IngramTTACKingram@odu.eduLearn MoreTTAC, Education Specialist | Early ChildhoodKristen is an educational specialist with the TTAC ODU. In this role, she works with school divisions throughout the region to improve services and outcomes for young children with disabilities and their families. Her current work includes providing technical assistance to expand and improve inclusive opportunities in early childhood and supporting the expansion of the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) into early childhood settings. Prior to joining TTAC ODU in 2010, Kristen worked as an early childhood special education teacher in inclusive settings.
Jackie RoysterCIEESjroyster@odu.eduLearn MoreCIEES, Program DirectorJackie is a program director at CIEES. She has over 25 years of experience in sponsored program administration that supports strategic and tactical initiatives. Her responsibilities include maintaining contract and grant negotiations with sponsors while overseeing finances and developing budgets.
Jacob M. Wilson, III Ph.D.TTACjmwilson@email@example.comLearn MoreTTAC, VTSS Systems CoachJacob is a VTSS Systems Coach assigned to work with four Virginia school districts in Region 2. Most of his career in public education was completed in Newport News Public Schools, where he served as a biology teacher, principal, discipline officer, and program administrator. After retiring from Newport News Public Schools in 2015, he then went on to work as school turnaround specialist for the Community Training and Assistance Center in Boston, MA and opened a new elementary school in Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools. His interests include helping young people be the best that they can be and playing and watching tennis.
Erin SaxonTTACesaxon@odu.eduLearn MoreTTAC, Early Childhood/Literacy Educational Specialist Erin is an educational specialist at the TTAC ODU. The scope of Erin’s work includes providing training and technical assistance across VDOE Superintendent’s Study Regions 2 and 3 in the areas of early childhood special education and early literacy. She joined TTAC ODU with experience as an early childhood special education teacher and as a division wide ECSE teacher specialist. In addition to her role with TTAC, Erin is an adjunct instructor for the Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education at ODU. She is encouraged by collaborative efforts within the field that aim to improve outcomes for children and students with disabilities.
Amanda Working, Ph.D.CIEES firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn MoreCIEES Amanda is a research analyst for CIEES. She supports center activities including development of research and evaluation designs, data collection, data management, data analysis, report generation, and grant writing. As a program evaluator, she serves on the evaluation, leadership, and implementation teams for Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS). Additionally, she supports alignment efforts at the Virginia Department of Education through collaboration with Office of Special Education Program (OSEP) Improvement.
Patricia B. ClarkTTACpbclark@email@example.comLearn MoreTTAC, VTSS Systems CoachPatricia is a VTSS systems coach for TTAC ODU. In 33 years of serving as a special education teacher, general education teacher, and school administrator, Patricia has always worked to make her own dream, which is an outgrowth of Dr. Martin Luther King's dream, to become a reality. Her hope is that children of differing abilities will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by what others assume they cannot learn in a typical classroom, but rather by what they can learn there. She hopes that others will see that the learning these children bring to the classroom, simply by being included in it, results in kinder, gentler, more well-educated classmates.
Shannon SmithTTACsduncan@odu.eduLearn MoreTTAC, Office Services SpecialistShannon works as support staff for VTSS/PBIS. She began working for T-TAC in 2001. During those 20 years, she has learned so much about special education and the important role the TTAC ODU team plays in supporting special education in the public school system.
Kimberly Yanek, Ph.D.CSBSkyanek@odu.eduLearn MoreCSBSKimberly is the co-director of CSBS, an implementer partner with the United States Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)'s National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and the coordinator of the APBS MA PBIS Network. Through her work, she develops curriculum and instructional materials to provide a continuum of support around multi-tiered frameworks, systems change, capacity building and sustainability, coaching, and classroom behavior support systems to state departments, school divisions, and schools. Her research interests include positive behavioral interventions and supports, positive classroom behavioral supports, function-based thinking, and equity. Her teaching career currently focuses on adult learning and it began in the classroom as a special education teacher.
Teresa Crowson, OTR/L, MAEDTTACtcrowson@odu.eduLearn MoreTTAC, Education Specialist | Autism-BehaviorTeresa is an educational specialist at TTAC ODU and has worked in the field of public education for 25 years. In her role at TTAC ODU, she supports school divisions within the region to improve services and outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder and students with challenging behavior. Teresa has training in, and a passion for, the areas of evidence-based practices for autism, instructional coaching, behavioral supports, and structured literacy. She is completing coursework in applied behavior analysis. Having worked with students aged 2-22 in self-contained, inclusion, and regional program classrooms, Teresa is committed to helping educators support students in all areas of education and is motivated by the power of presuming competence.
Tracy MurrayCIEEStmurray@odu.eduLearn MoreCIEES, Program Support Technician Senior Tracy is a senior program support technician at CIEES. Tracy has worked for Commonwealth Special Education Endorsement Program (CSEEP) for 16 wonderful years, helping to run the day-to-day aspects of CSEEP. It gives her a great sense of pride helping those in the front lines of special education… our teachers!
Tamara Smith-Moyler, EdDTTACTsmithmo@odu.eduLearn MoreTTAC, Educational Specialist-MathematicsTamara has worked in the field of education for over two decades. As an educational specialist—mathematics at T-TAC ODU, she provides professional development, coaching, and resources for teachers and administrators in VDOE Superintendent’s Study Regions 2 and 3. Prior to T-TAC ODU, Tamara worked for 15 years in Norfolk Public Schools, first as a 5th-grade teacher, then as a Title I school-wide teacher, and finally as a mathematics specialist. Passionate about meeting the needs of students from every demographic, Tamara has presented at the local, state, and national levels on the impact of teachers and teacher collaboration on student success--emotionally, behaviorally, and academically.
Michelle Young, DPT, CPACCCIEESm3young@odu.eduLearn MoreCIEES, Center Technology SpecialistMichelle serves in the role of Center Technology Specialist for CIEES. She spent 18 years in the healthcare industry as a physical therapist and decided to make a change into the tech industry. She served as a technology apprentice for a year at MAXX Potential and was trained with web development, cyber security, and website ADA compliance and remediation. The combination of her work in physical therapy and tech has allowed her to fulfill her passion for being an advocate for people with disabilities in both the physical and digital world. She is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC).
Lisa M. Gehring, Ed.S.TTACLgehring@odu.eduLearn MoreTTAC, Education Specialist for Early ChildhoodLisa serves as an Early Childhood Specialist at TTAC ODU. In her previous life, she worked for Portsmouth Public Schools for 19 years, first as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and then as a Program Specialist in the Office of Special Education. Lisa has a passion for supporting sustainable growth in inclusive environments through systems change. It is her strong belief that a leader's impact is best determined by the ability to build capacity in the organization they serve. As a member of the first cohort of the VDOE's Aspiring Special Education Leaders Academy, she is committed to building systems that positively impact young children with disabilities across regions 2 and 3.
Keren PlowdenTTACkplowden@firstname.lastname@example.orgLearn MoreTTAC, Education Specialist - VTSS Systems CoachKeren is an educational specialist/VTSS systems coach at T-TAC ODU. She assists public school districts in Regions 2&3 to implement multi tiered systems of support and aims to promote positive outcomes for all learners. Keren has over 20 years of experience working in public and non-public school systems in both urban and rural settings along the east coast. As a former special education teacher, school administrator, and director of special programs, she believes that all children can learn and deserve equitable opportunities to receive a high quality education. Keren is passionate about systems change efforts that ensure access and inclusion for all children and their families.
Laura Beller serves as the Director of the ODU Training and Technical Assistance Center, part of the statewide network of assistance centers serving across the Commonwealth where she facilitates the work of a team of education specialists. Laura earned B.A. degrees in Teaching Emotionally Disturbed and Teaching Intellectually Disabled and a Master’s in Learning Disabilities. She has served as a teacher (ED, ID and SLD) in various positions (co-teacher, resource teacher, curriculum resource consultant), and started her career at T-TAC ODU as a curriculum and instruction specialist. In her work, she strives to improve educational opportunities for Virginia children and youth with disabilities.