Kara joins VCU from Radford University where she served as a T/TAC Project Coordinator specializing in positive behavior supports and transition services. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Child and Family Studies and her graduate degree in Special Education. Prior to coming to T/TAC, Kara worked as a special education teacher in an elementary school setting. She has also worked in supported employment as well as Director of Outreach for a non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual disabilities in North Carolina. Kara’s interests include positive behavior supports, collaborative practices, autism, instructional strategies and self-determination.
MS Special Education (2006)
BS Psychology; Greensboro College (1999)
Certification - K-12 Specific Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities
Program Specialist, VCU Training and Technical Assistance Center (2011 - present)
Project Coordinator, Radford University Training and Technical Assistance Center (2010-2011)
Special Education Teacher, Pulaski County Schools (2003-2010)
Director of Outreach, The Arc of High Point, NC (2001-2002)
Supported Employment Specialist, The Arc of High Point, NC (1999-2001)
Developmental Specialist, LifeSpan Ventures (1999)
Presented at local and regional conferences and workshops on topics including: positive behavior supports, inclusive practices, collaborative teaming, instructional strategies and systems change.