Kaitlin Leonard- University of Connecticut
Kaitlin Leonard, M.Ed., is currently pursuing a Ph. D. in special education at the University of Connecticut. She received a BA in elementary education and special education from Providence College. She also received a Masters of Education from Fitchburg State University. For the past 5 years, Kaitlin has served as a HILL Facilitator. The HILL (Hanson Initiative for Language and Literacy) is a non-profit organization that specializes in school-wide literacy change. The HILL partners with the Center on Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon and Center for Behavioral Education and Research at UConn where Kaitlin has been extremely fortunate to be involved with research projects. For the past two years, Kaitlin served as an external literacy coach for Connecticut Kindergarten through grade 3 Literacy Initiative (CK3LI). The initiative is part of the CT Education Reform that supports schools in implementing research-grounded practices to improve the reading abilities of children in kindergarten through third grade. In addition, Kaitlin served as an expert literacy coach for an IES Grant, Enhancing Core Reading Instruction (ECRI), for the University of Oregon. Previously, Kaitlin worked as a special education teacher and classroom teacher in a school district that served as a model for RTI. Her research interests include aiding schools to implement effective core, tier 2 and tier 3 literacy programs.
Kaitlin enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, daughter, Maura (6), and son, Will (4).