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BRITTANY PENNINGTON is pursuing her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Minnesota. She got her bachelor’s degree in human development/family sciences with an emphasis in early childhood education from Oklahoma State University and taught second and third grade in Arkansas for 6.5 years. She obtained a master’s degree in educational leadership and a graduate certificate in applied behavior analysis from the University of Arkansas. Brittany served on the district literacy leadership team and chaired a positive behavior support team. In this role, she conducted teacher trainings, consulted with teachers, and oversaw the implementation of a behavior response to intervention plan. Brittany also worked with children with Autism in both clinical and in-home settings. She is particularly interested in functional analysis and treatment of severe problem behaviors in the public school setting, and in finding resource efficient ways to deliver high quality services in public schools.

Brittany enjoys traveling, reading, and running, and as a new Minnesotan she is learning to cross-country ski. She coached Girls on the Run and volunteered with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.