Beth Pokorski- Vanderbilt University
Beth Pokorski is a former Early Childhood Special Education teacher who taught in a self-contained classroom consisting of toddlers and preschoolers with moderate to severe disabilities for six years. During this time she had the honor of working with many children with concomitant academic and behavioral challenges, particularly students with autism. Through attending a wide array of trainings and working closely with her school district’s BCBA, Beth became a leader in her community as a teaching model and resource. She was valued for coaching her colleagues in implementing both classroom-wide supports and modifications and data-based individualized behavioral interventions. She was a founding member of her school system’s Autism Team, through which she administered the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and the Verbal-Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP) to preschool and elementary students as required. Beth has a Master of Science in Special Education from Radford University in Radford, Virginia. Prior to her career as a teacher, Beth was a Botanist for four years.
Beth is excited to further her expertise and develop new skills in early childhood intervention through her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Special Education at Vanderbilt University. She looks forward to enjoying all that Nashville has to offer, and may be found hiking with her dog, practicing yoga, or cooking a vegetarian feast.