Meet The Presenters

Estee Aiken
Estee Aiken
Dr. Estee Aiken served as an elementary classroom teacher and differentiation coach for more than a decade before transitioning completely to higher education. She has spent the last eight years educating pre-service teachers and consulting about gifted education and differentiation. Her areas of research and writing focus on gifted education, early childhood, and very young children with special needs. She currently teaches at the University of Montana Western.
Morgen Alwell
Morgen Alwell
Morgen Alwell, PhD is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Montana. Her background includes two decades of K-12 teaching experience, and as many years in higher education as a teacher-trainer and scholar. She is expert in instructional innovations to facilitate inclusive classrooms and schools.
Patrick Audet
Patrick Audet
Patrick Audet is the Associate Director of School Administrators of Montana representing school and district leaders in the 6 affiliates of SAM. He has served Montana Schools as educator his entire career and now supports the advocacy, professional learning and professionalism/leadership goals of SAM.
Susan Bailey-Anderson
Susan Bailey-Anderson
Susan has worked in the Special Education Division at the OPI for more than 20 years. She is also the statewide MBI coordinator and the Director of the State Personnel Development Grant which is focused on MTSS. She has also taught in Montana public schools.
George Bartshe
George Bartshe
Dr. George M. Batsche is Professor and Co-Director of the Institute for School Reform at the University of South Florida. He is Co-Director of the Florida Statewide Problem-Solving/Response to Intervention Project for the Florida Department of Education. In addition, Dr. Batsche co-directs the Student Support Services, Shared Services Network and Coordinated Student Health Projects for the Florida Department of Education. .
Michelle Betcher
Michelle Betcher
Michelle is an Outreach Consultant for MSDB, based out of Billings. She serves families and schools in the Southeastern part of Montana. Michelle has 3 great kids and is became a newlywed in October.
Melanie Bush
Melanie Bush
I am a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist and I teach people who are blind or have low (reduced) vision how to travel safely and efficiently in familiar and unfamiliar settings with a long cane. During my career I have taught people of all ages, with the youngest student being two years old and the oldest ninety-two years old. Employment experiences include working for an area education agency, residential school for the deaf & the blind, a state agency that serves adults, and private contracting. Currently I provide Orientation and Mobility instruction to children age birth to twenty-one and veterans through Montana Independent Living Project.
Sandy Cade
Sandy Cade
Sandy Cade moved to Montana in 1995 from Lubbock, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a BA in Human Development-Family Studies and a minor in Early Childhood. She lives in Belgrade, Montana with her husband Brian and their 3 kids and 2 dogs! After teaching private preschool for nine years, she began working for Head Start as a teacher, Disabilities Coordinator, Family Support Coordinator, and finally a Site Director. Currently Sandy works as an Regional Specialist for the Montana Preschool Development Grant on behalf of DPHHS.
Jill Christensen
Jill Christensen
Jill Christensen is a Preschool Specialist at the Montana Office of Public Instruction. She is currently working as a member of the Montana Preschool Development Grant leadership team. Jill’s experiences in Early Childhood have been primarily in Head Start and Early Head programs. She has most recently worked as an instructional coach, curriculum manager, trainer, and consultant for early childhood programs throughout Oklahoma. Jill was born in Montana and is pleased to be back in big sky country.
Mickey Corso
Mickey Corso
Dr. Corso has a doctorate in Education from Boston College. He has been an educator for over thirty years and has taught at every grade level kindergarten through graduate school. He is deeply committed to the belief that students are the agents of their own learning. This passion makes him a natural fit for work in the area of student aspirations. Dr. Corso has worked throughout his career to improve teaching and learning through teacher training and education. His doctoral work grounds his work as a researcher field specialist in a contemporary philosophy of education and human knowing. In his role at QISA, Dr. Corso combines research on student perceptions of their schools with educational theory and the living, breathing practice of students, teachers and administrators.
Jeff Crews
Jeff CrewsCo-Owner Beyond the Chalk
Jeff Crews, co-founder of Beyond the Chalk, provides transformational learning experiences to teachers and students. He feels technology, when used effectively as a tool by teachers and students, can facilitate the change from the traditional form of education to a 21st century model. Jeff is a Google Certified Teacher and a member of the Google Geo in Education Advisory Team. His past experiences as a classroom teacher, technology coordinator, NASA Earth Observing System assistant director,accompanied by his doctoral research, have afforded him a unique opportunity to work with teachers and students around the world.
Julia Cruse
Julia Cruse
Julia is a learning specialist at the OPI working with gifted education, the Regional Education Service Areas, and professional development for educators. She has recently completed a major revision of the OPI’s resource guide for education high ability/high potential learners with a strong focus on the use of MTSS strategies in this context. She has taught middle school art and worked as a community art museum educator.
Jennifer Darlington
Jennifer Darlington
Jennifer, Sara and Nicole are currently working with the Montana Preschool Development Grant through for the MT Office of Public Instruction and Dept. of Public Health and Human Services. They bring a variety of experiences; from teaching in grades K-6, coaching and data analysis to administration. They are looking forward to presenting ideas, information and strategies that they have used and observed in practice in various early childhood settings across the state.
Kathleen Dent
Kathleen Dent
Kathleen Dent is a dedicated K-12 educator and change agent with 31 years of experience in classroom teaching, gifted education program planning, administration, curriculum planning, facilitating differentiated instruction and implementing standards-based curriculum. She is an educational consultant working with the Office of Public Instruction on the Montana Educator Performance Appraisal System (MT-EPAS). She is also an owner of Inspired Classroom, an educational company that delivers training and content virtually to K-12 students, teachers, and businesses. Kathleen enjoys world travel, especially visiting her two grown children and their families. She also immerses herself in many of the outdoor recreational opportunities that the Montana lifestyle offers such as kayaking, hiking, skiing, sailing, and biathlon.
Marla Dewhirst
Marla Dewhirst
Ms. Dewhirst served as a Director with the Illinois PBIS Network for 14 years. Illinois had over 2500 buildings implementing PBIS across multiple tiers of support. Ms. Dewhirst’s work at the district level to establish Leadership Teams, provide data review and strategic planning for implementation, train and provide on-going technical support for the teams and coaches, plan and evaluate for sustainability resulted in her being recruited for like work in several states. Ms. Dewhirst has worked extensively and collaboratively with state and district leaders to implement MTSS. The experiences are diverse in size and demographics, ranging from large districts such as New York City, NY, and Milwaukee, WI to statewide initiatives in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Montana, and Arkansas, and smaller venues such as Worcester, MA, Hot Springs, AR, and multiple other districts. She serves on the national board for The Association of Positive Behavior Support (APBS) and is a frequent presenter at national PBIS conferences. Ms. Dewhirst is a nationally certified trainer for School Wide Information Systems (SWIS), and Team Initiated Problem Solving (TIPS).
Dick Trerise
Dick Trerise
The staff of the Special Education Division at the Office of Public Instruction is a group of extremely talented and dedicated professionals. We have backgrounds in early childhood education, classroom teaching, low incidence disabilities, school administration, professional development, school psychology, data collection and reporting, and many other areas. Our goal is to provide Montana’s families and education professionals the support they need to meet the needs of every child.
LeAnn Dolly-Powell
LeAnn Dolly-Powell
LeAnn is the Vice President of Unified Strategy for Special Olympics Montana. LeAnn has been with SOMT since 2010. She brings over 10 years of recreational management, fund development, and recruiting background. While completing her degree in Management and Organizational Leadership at George Fox University, she was an active volunteer at the 2009 Special Olympics Winter World Games, in Idaho, and was honored to participate as a Unified Partner in soccer with Team Idaho unified partner in Shanghai, China in 2009. LeAnn has also worked with the University of Montana and the Department of State SportsUnited Program in Laos and China supporting diplomacy through sports.
Doug Doty
Doug Doty
Doug Doty is the Statewide Coordinator for the Montana Autism Education Project (MAEP) of the Montana Office of Public Instruction. The MAEP has autism specialists and trainers across Montana who provide training and consultation to public schools. Doug has also served as a special education compliance monitor for the Montana Office of Public Instruction, providing technical assistance and training in compliance with state and federal regulations. Previously he was an okapi at Zoo Montana and has also worked for the Montana Developmental Disabilities Program as a trainer, advocate and compliance officer. He began his career as a behavior specialist and staff trainer at a sheltered workshop for adults with cognitive disabilities and behavioral difficulties
Rosemarie Dugi
Rosemarie Dugi
Dr. Rosemarie Dugi is from the Water Flows Together People born for the Big Water Clan. Maternal grandparents are the Salt Clan and paternal grandparents are the Red Running into the Water Clan. She is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Montana State University Billings. She teaches graduate and undergrad special education curriculum courses on the MSUB campus and via distance education. She received her Ph.D in Special Education from The Pennsylvania State University with her research focus on American Indians and Rural Special Education with an emphasis on Distance Education. Dr. Dugi began her career as a related service Physical Therapy Assistant but soon found her way into the classroom. Dr. Dugi was a special education classroom teacher for 12 years. Her experience includes a resource teacher on the Navajo reservation and an ELL/Resource teacher in Flagstaff, Arizona. A proud mother of a 17-year old son and wife of 19 years, the family enjoys traveling, camping, and baseball!
Ann Ellsworth
Ann Ellsworth
Ann Ellsworth is a Reading and English Language Arts professor in the Department of Education. Before working in higher education, she was a public school teacher, principal of a K-6 school, and reading specialist. Besides teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level courses that concern language and literacy, she has taught in the Honors College and worked with various first-year seminars across campus, which included the design and delivery of a dual-enrollment class, Introduction to Teaching and Learning. With two current teaching licenses–Montana and Wisconsin–she maintains her close connections with classroom practitioners.
Sarah Eyer
Sarah Eyer
Sarah Eyer has been an Outreach Consultant for the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind for over 20 years. She is certified by the State of Montana in Elementary Education, Special Education, and School Administration. She earned her Masters Degree in Deaf Education from Western Oregon State University. Her “real” education came from raising three very diverse sons, one of whom is Deaf. Her Deaf son is now her favorite since he (finally) made her Gramma Montana. Sarah resides on the side of a mountain near Boulder, MT with her husband T.J., son Rahkei, Australian Shepherd Larry and two fat cats.
Alison Feddes
Alison Feddes
I am a K-5 Resource Teacher at Hawthorne School for 15 years. As a As a Resource Teacher for the last 15 year at Hawthorne in Bozeman, I have had many opportunities to fill the role as “resource” for teachers whether it has been classroom teachers in my building or the array of special education teachers in our district. I have taken opportunities to participate on many district PLCs and in several grants over the years. Hawthorne was the first school to begin in the Office of Public Instruction Response to Intervention Project. I was one of the first teachers at Hawthorne to begin to integrate technology to increase student engagement in learning by being awarded a Bozeman Schools Foundation Sparks Grant for iPod Touches. I was part of an Assistive Technology grant last year that used various low and high tech strategies to engage all learners in a variety of literature and rich content nonfiction text. I am part of MSU’s Math Immersion Project and am involved in the Teacher Leadership Initiative. I have sat on both our Professional Development Committee and Comprehensive System of Personnel Development Region 4 for many years now. I am passionate about igniting the spark in students and teachers alike to make the biggest impact possible.
Yvonne Field
Yvonne Field
Yvonne Field, is the assessment specialist at the Office of Public Instruction, she has a background in music and post secondary and elementary special education. Currently she manages the ELP assessments and the NCSC Alternate Assessment for the OPI.
Dana Fitz Gale
Dana Fitz Gale
Dana Fitz Gale, MS, CCC-SLP is a professor and clinical supervisor in the department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana. She has more than twenty years of experience serving students with autism and their families in the public schools, as well as in early childhood and clinical settings. Currently, she is the assistant director of Mentoring and Social Support for Autism Inclusion on Campus (MOSSAIC). She provides additional support for students with autism through MOSSAIC’s social skills group: Fostering a Climate of Encouragement and Support (FACES).
Ann Garfinkle
Ann Garfinkle
Ann Garfinkle received her PhD from the University of Washington in 1999 in Special Education. She has been on faculty at the University of Montana-Missoula since 2003. Since coming to Montana, she has focused on working with professionals who work with people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. These efforts have been acknowledged by both Governor’s Schweitzer and Bullock. Dr, Garfinkle frequently publishes and presents on topics related to Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Tim Garrett
Tim Garrett
Tim Garrett has been a teacher in SPED for 31 years the last 24 at the Project for Alternative Learning (PAL). It is a program for both High Schools in Helena and serves students in grades 10-12. He is also in charge of the SPED services for eNET, a disciplinary program as well as Access to Success for SPED students that drop out of age out of regular school. He has been working with Marla Swanby on a state wide transition project to help teachers identify appropriate transitional assessments.
Brett Gilleo
Brett Gilleo
Brett Gilleo is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Board Certified Behavior Analyst working in private practice (Big Sky Therapy) in the Great Falls area. His practice interests are: functional behavior assessment of severe behaviors, family therapy/parent training, and adolescents with autism.
Taylor Hassler
Taylor Hassler
I am currently in my fifth year as a 9-12 Functional Life Skills Teacher. I teach my students those skills deemed appropriate for a successful life after high school, such as daily living skills, interpersonal skills, and employment skills. In addition to my day job, I also serve as a board member for Family Outreach, and I am working closely with OPI to develop a transition binder to distribute statewide.
Libby Johnson
Libby Johnson
Libby Johnson is currently a high school special education teacher in Red Lodge, and a Behavior Consultant for the Office of Public Instruction. She holds a master’s degree in Special Education with an emphasis on Applied Behavior Analysis, and her primary focus is teaching students the self-management skills necessary to support a successful post-secondary transition.
Maureen Kampfe
Maureen Kampfe
Maureen is a passionate educator of 25 years currently supporting the work of the Montana Preschool Development Grant to build, develop, and expand high-quality preschool programs so that more children from low-and moderate-income families enter ready to succeed in kindergarten and in life.
Sara Loewen
Sara Loewen
Jennifer, Sara and Nicole are currently working with the Montana Preschool Development Grant through for the MT Office of Public Instruction and Dept. of Public Health and Human Services. They bring a variety of experiences; from teaching in grades K-6, coaching and data analysis to administration. They are looking forward to presenting ideas, information and strategies that they have used and observed in practice in various early childhood settings across the state.
Mark Mahnke
Mark Mahnke
Mark is the Training and Transitions Program Specialist for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services Program. In this capacity he coordinates the VRBS transition activities to include assisting staff with Pre-Employment Transition Services contract with schools, training VRBS staff, developing training for transition partners and planning for conferences.
Brenda Mast
Brenda Mast
Special education teacher for 32 years…..currently at WMS – Glendive, MT.
Co-Chair Region 1 CSPD
Para Consortium member.
Paraprofessional Academy Presenter
Luci McCausland
Luci McCausland
Luci McCausland has been teaching at Hawthorne for 10 years. Wearing many hats at Hawthorne, she began as a student teacher in the 4th grade, served as a Special Education Paraprofessional, transitioned to a Reading Interventionist, and now has taught 3rd and 4th grade for many years. Luci has participated in many district initiatives, committees, and grants of the years. She is currently a participant in the Teacher Leadership Initiative. She is our building representative for BEA and is an active participant on our ELA and PLC district committees.
Doneta McDowell
Doneta McDowell
Donetta McDowell MCIS Program Specialist, I have worked with the Department of Labor and Industry for the past 10 years. 8 of those being with the Montana Career Information System (MCIS). I love working with teachers and counselors to prepare students for their future in the workforce.
Kelly McNurlin
Kelly McNurlin
Kelly McNurlin has worked for the Montana Developmental Disabilities Program (DDP) for over 10 years. Among her many different projects, one of her favorites has been lead facilitator of the Montana State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) project team, which was started in 2011. The SELN consists of stakeholders including but not limited to DDP, Case Management, Department of Labor (Job Service), OPI, Voc Rehab, advocacy groups, community service providers, and parents. The SELN established an Employment First Initiative, which advocates that all working-age individuals in services should have the opportunity to participate in meaningful work in integrated community employment, earn at least minimum or competitive wages, and enjoy the benefits of community employment.
Dr. Tracy Missett
Dr. Tracy Missett
Dr. Missett is the Suzanne and Dave Peterson Endowed Professor of Gifted Education at the University of Montana. She received her doctorate in Educational Psychology, Emphasis in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia. She has multiple publications in textbooks and peer-reviewed journals in the the area of gifted education. Her research interests include curriculum for gifted learners and gifted students with disabilities.
Neil Murray
Neil Murray
Neil Murray, MEd is currently a special education teacher at an elementary school in Missoula. Neil’s expert knowledge of applying UDL in general education common core lesson design and curricular access has made inclusive education possible for learners with challenging behaviors and extensive support needs.
Keri Norick
Keri Norick
Kerri has been an outreach vision consultant for the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind since 2005. She completed her certification in orientation and mobility and her teacher of the visually impaired masters in education in 2006. Kerri lives in Bozeman, MT, with her husband and two sons.
Marci Parks
Marci Parks
Marci Parks has been working as a preschool education consultant for the past seven years. She is currently a Montana Striving Readers Project and Montana Preschool Development Grant instructional consultant with Side-By-Side Consulting. Prior to that she worked for MT OPI with the Early Reading First Grant.
Marci graduated from the University of Montana-Western with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She taught preschool while attending college and mentored other degree seeking early childhood students. She then taught 6th grade in a small MT school district and joined the MT Air National Guard before moving to teach in a two room, K-8, schoolhouse. She then returned to the traditional classroom in a large school district, teaching 3rd grade until motherhood beckoned.
Marci has received higher education from the University of Montana-Western, University of Wyoming, University of Montana, College of the Air Force, University of Great Falls and Augustana College. She has sought both undergraduate and graduate education with an emphasis on speech therapy and early literacy. She currently lives in Clancy, MT with her husband and four beautiful young children.
Nicole Peterson
Nicole Peterson
Jennifer, Sara and Nicole are currently working with the Montana Preschool Development Grant through for the MT Office of Public Instruction and Dept. of Public Health and Human Services. They bring a variety of experiences; from teaching in grades K-6, coaching and data analysis to administration. They are looking forward to presenting ideas, information and strategies that they have used and observed in practice in various early childhood settings across the state.
Dean Phillips
Dean PhillipsCo-Owner Beyond the Chalk
Dean Phillips is a Montana educator with 15 years of experience in middle school classrooms. He is a Google Certified Innovator and a member of the Google Geo in Education Advisory Board. Dean currently works as an Innovation Specialist for Beyond The Chalk, LLC, a company he co-founded, and is an Adjunct Professor for Montana State University. His teaching background includes experiences in the Elementary, High School, and Higher Ed environments. Dean shares ideas with a variety of audiences guiding educators and others along the path of effective technology integration.
Frank Podobnik
Frank Podobnik
The staff of the Special Education Division at the Office of Public Instruction is a group of extremely talented and dedicated professionals. We have backgrounds in early childhood education, classroom teaching, low incidence disabilities, school administration, professional development, school psychology, data collection and reporting, and many other areas. Our goal is to provide Montana’s families and education professionals the support they need to meet the needs of every child.
Terri Porisch
Terri Porisch
Terri Porisch taught 33 years in the Billings Public School system. Thirteen of those years were in regular education classrooms (grades 5-8); fifteen years were spent in a pullout gifted program (K-6); the last 3 years were in a self-contained gifted classroom of 4-6th graders. Her masters is in Curriculum and Instruction. Terri currently lives in Billings, is married, and has 2 grown gifted children. She is the current president of Montana AGATE
Deb Richert
Deb Richert
Debbie Richert has been actively involved for over 20 years with early childhood, preschool and K-12 educational programs, organizations and agencies. She has held various positions with Head Start and Early Head Start, including Classroom Aide, Parent Involvement Coordinator, Program Liaison to the Parent Policy Council, Social Services Coordinator, and Head Start Partnership Site Social Services Coordinator. During Debbie’s tenure at Executive Director of the Young Families Early Head Start, the program became the first center-based early childcare program in Montana to earn the highest quality rating in the Best Beginnings Stars to Quality program – a STAR 5. While at Young Families Debbie was an active member of the MT Head Start Association and was liaison from the organization to the State of Montana’s Best Beginnings Advisory Council.Debbie is currently working as a MT DPHHS Regional Specialist on the Montana Preschool Development Grant.
Cass Rocco
Cass Rocco
An experienced and qualified instructor, Cass has taught children and adults for more than 35 years. After successfully teaching and administrating special education programs (grades K-12) for 25 years she began providing professional development in many areas for general / special education teachers and administrators for the OPI, WMCSPD and many school districts. Training as a trainer with Dr Jim Knight ( http://www.instructionalcoaching.com/ ) since 2008, Cass teaches instructional coaching and serves as an instructional coach for school districts. Her goal with the districts she serves is to introduce a process for peer or instructional coaching that will perpetuate site driven high quality professional learning that supports staff and improves instructional practice.
Paula Schultz
Paula Schultz
Paula is an MTSS Consultant for the Montana Office of Public Instruction working with the Project REAL grant. She is an adjunct instructor at Montana State University teaching reading courses. Paula is currently in her thirtieth year as an elementary and special education teacher.
Barbara Stimson
Barbara Stimson
– Retired Special Education Teacher – Denver Colorado
– OPI MT Consortium Member
– Part of the development team creating Paraprofessional Training Academies from Colorado
Allie Stockburger
Allie Stockburger
Allie has been with Special Olympics Montana since December 2013. Allie has joined us from the hospitality industry working in sales and marketing. She attended the University of Montana, where she studied marketing in the School of Business Administration.
Marla Swanby
Marla Swanby
Marla Swanby is the Secondary Transition Specialist and an Instructional Coordinator for the Office of Public Instruction (OPI). She is also taking the lead with Standards Based IEPs for the Special Education Division at OPI. She provides technical assistance and training in compliance for Individual Education Plans (IEP) to school districts across Montana. Marla has also worked for the Montana Developmental Disabilities Program as the Person Center Planning Specialist and was an Adult Targeted Case Manager for adults with developmental and behavioral disabilities. Marla has a variety of teaching experiences with youth and adults.
Amy Tangen
Amy Tangen
Amy has 25 years experience as an educator in Montana. She spent nine years teaching technology and life skills to children with blindness and visual impairment at MSDB. Amy is currently an outreach consultant for MSDB. She holds a Masters of education in educational and assistive technology. Amy resides in Great Falls, MT.
Kristin Thompson
Kristin Thompson
Kristin Thompson is the Community Education Coordinator for Youth Dynamics. Kristin has been with Youth Dynamics since 2001 when she began working as a Family Support Assistant (FSA) as an internship opportunity going on to supervise the FSA program for many years and has spent the last two years in the Development Department of Youth Dynamics working on Public Relations and Community Education Initiatives. Kristin was certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Instructor in May 2014 and has traveled across the state of Montana co-facilitating several YMHFA trainings in local communities. Kristin is also the Statewide YMHFA Coordinator for the Montana SOARS project.
Danielle Thompson
Danielle Thompson
Danielle Thompson obtained her doctorate in Literacy Studies with an emphasis in Reading Difficulties / Disabilities and a master’s degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences. She has worked with various populations from birth through high school as a Speech Language Pathologist, reading instructor, co-teacher, researcher, professional development provider, and consultant in schools across the country with several years in rural Alaska. Dr. Thompson’s greatest desire is that she can inspire teachers with the knowledge and passion needed to provide children with the most effective language and early literacy instruction they can offer.
Desiree Valentino
Desiree Valentino
Desiree Valentino was originally trained as an art teacher, and recently received her M.Ed. in working with children and youth with low incidence disabilities. Dersiree also has expert knowledge of UDL application to create thoughtful and effective lessons that engage all learners, even those traditionally kept out of general education classrooms.
Jen Wasson
Jen Wasson
Jen has been a teacher at MSDB for over 10 years. She is also a Co-Director of MSDB’s performing theatre group, Expressions of Silence. Jen lives in Great Falls with her handsome husband Bud and incredibly darling son and daughter.
Jake West
Jake West
Jake West is a fourth year special education teacher in Helena and is currently working as a Functional Life Skills Teacher at the middle school level. He has Early Childhood Education background, having worked at the district Special Education Preschool for three years. Jake is an active union member and serves as the district’s union secretary.
Sharon Woods
Sharon Woods
Sharon has taught in elementary school classrooms and served as a resource room teacher after obtaining certification in special education in addition to a bachelor’s of science in elementary education. She obtained her master’s degree in special education from Stephen F. Austin State University in the area of teaching students with visual impairments as well as becoming nationally certified in orientation and mobility. Most recently, Sharon obtained certification in deaf-blindness and autism spectrum disorders and visual impairments from Texas Tech University. Sharon is an outreach consultant for Montana School for Deaf and Blind.
Dr. Sharon Young-Pelton
Dr. Sharon Young-Pelton
Dr. Young-Pelton is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst – Doctoral and Associate Professor of Special Education at Montana State University Billings. Cheryl is also a technical assistance provider for the Montana Autism Education Project. Her research interests include Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism, Emotional Disturbance, and Rural/Remote Supervision.