Professional Profile

Professor and Coordinator of Special Education (2015 – Present ) 

Brigham Young University–Hawaii [Awarded Early Tenure and Rank Advancement]

  • Training upper-class elementary and secondary teacher-candidates
  • Board of Directors, Council for Exceptional Children
  • Founder and Director, PACE—Parents as Advocates for Change in Education
  • ESSA State Program Reviewer, US Department of Education
  • Principle Investigator, Harold K. L. Castle Foundation Grant, Hawaii
  • Associate Collaborator, LDAH—Leadership in Disabilities & Achievement of Hawaii—Office of Special Education (OSEP), US Department of Education
  • Advisory Council, Oxford Education Research Symposium
  • Professional-Chair, Community Children’s Council, Windward District, Hawaii DOE
  • University Competency Accreditation Committee, WASC
  • Speaker Bureau, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Association
  • Advisor, University Accessibility Advisory Council
  • Past-President, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Recipient of University Exemplary Faculty Award
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Education Specialist in Professional Development (2014 – 2015)
Fairfax County Government, Virginia
Department of Family Services, Office for Children & Institute for Early Learning

  • County Consultant, Curriculum Evaluation and Learning Outcomes
  • Provided training for county on research-based practices
  • Parent consultant and disability specialist
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Associate Professor of Special Education (2008 – 2014 )
The Pennsylvania State University [Awarded Early Tenure]
Division of Education, Human Development & Social Sciences

  • Trained undergraduate elementary and secondary teacher candidates
  • Advised graduate candidates from Department of Vocational Rehabilitation 
  • Appointed Speaker Specialist & Expert, US Department of State, Bureau of International Programs
  • Awarded Senior Fulbright Specialist—Turkey
  • Awarded Senior Fulbright Scholar—Qatar
  • Awarded Fulbright Hays Fellow—Qatar
  • Appointed as First Honorable Visiting Scholar—Taiwan
  • Chair, Faculty Senate Research
  • Doctoral Candidate Faculty Advisor
  • Chair, International Committee, Kappa Delta Pi Headquarters, International Education Honor Society
  • Chapter President, International Education Honor Society

    * Nominee for Excellence in Student Advising

    ** Recipient of Teacher-of-Honor Award, International Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi

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Senior Fulbright Scholar—Qatar

Senior Fulbright Specialist—Turkey

Fulbright Hays Fellow—Qatar

2014—Appointed U.S. Speaker Specialist on Disability by the Department of State Bureau of International and Information Programs

Associate Professor of Education Administration & Special Education (2005 – 2008) 
Texas A&M International University
Department of Professional Programs — Full Doctoral Rank

  • Taught graduate principal candidates and teacher candidates
  • Chair, First-Year Success Initiatives
  • Chair, University Technology Committee
  • Chair, University Code of Honor
  • Principle Author, Graduate Handbook, College of Education
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Assistant Professor of Special Education (2003 – 2005)
Dowling College, New York

  • Taught graduate teacher candidates
  • Coordinator of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)