What is your current job title and responsibilities?
Professor of Exceptional Education, Child Family and Community Sciences, College of Education and Human Performance;
Director of the National Urban Special Education Leadership Initiative (NUSELI), a federally funded program that prepares school leaders in urban, special education and is from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.
What is your history at UCF and before UCF?
Assistant Dean/Professor, College of Education, University of Central Florida. As Assistant Dean, I was responsible for accreditation and administration for the college; as a professor, I teach courses in the master’s level program and the doctoral program.
Professor and Department Chairperson, Special Education and Communication Sciences & Disorders, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana.
Associate Professor, Educational Theory and Practice Department, West Virginia University (WVU), Morgantown, West Virginia.
Acting Branch Chief, Leadership Personnel Branch (LPB), Division of Personnel Preparation (DPP), Office of Special Education Programs(OSEP), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education (ED), Washington, D.C.
Educational Program Specialist, Division of Personnel Preparation (DPP), Office of Special Education Programs(OSEP), Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, (OSERS), U.S. Department of Education (ED), Washington, D.C.
Associate Professor, Tenured. Department of Special Education, University of South Alabama (USA), Mobile, Alabama.
What is your academic background?
I have B.S. degree in Nursery School through Sixth grade, Elementary Education; a Master’s of Education in Special Education with concentrations in learning disabilities and emotional disturbances; a Ph.D. in Exceptional Education with concentrations in curriculum and teaching, leadership and administration, and research
What is your favorite UCF memory?
First time I saw all the students in the fountain for homecoming weekend.
If you could change one thing at UCF, what would it be? ($ and time no object)
More time to spend with students and be in the schools.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share with your colleagues?
Be positive and encouraging to students and colleagues.
If UCF was going to name something in your honor, what would you like it to be and why?
The William and Mary Martin Foundation in order to have student scholarships named in honor of my parents.
If you could have lunch with anyone at UCF (who you do not normally eat lunch with), who would you choose and why?
Barbara Thompson, Office of Diversity and Inclusion – We would have a lot in common and much to discuss about social justice issues.
Who at UCF would you like to thank for your success?
I could not thank just one person as too many people have been part of my success to name just one. The atmosphere of faculty support found at UCF has allowed me to grow as a person and a professional. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my journey to be a successful faculty member.
Name and describe a teacher or researcher from your past who truly inspired you and why.
Dr. Tom Hehir, Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was the Director of the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, when I worked at the department. I admired his intelligence, his leadership, his listening and his generosity of spirit. He supported me in remaining true to my values and belief that inclusion is a social justice construct that we must support.
What undergraduate or graduate class/program/experience inspired you the most and why?
I am inspired by my graduate students who work hard all day and come to class at night and on the weekends. I am in awe of my doctoral students who accomplish so much in one day – they are changing the world and I am glad to be a part of their work.
What is your favorite restaurant or food?
La Bergerie in Alexandria, Virginia
What is your favorite movie, book or music?
Amazing Grace by Jonathan Kozol
What is your favorite vacation destination?
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico