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BRITTANYLEE MARTIN is pursuing her Ph.D. in special education with a concentration in high incidence disabilities at Vanderbilt University. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Florida Gulf Coast University and a Master of Science degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Florida State University. She was recognized as a Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction in 2013. Brittany was selected to work in collaboration with the Florida Center for Research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (FCR-STEM) at Florida State University and Florida’s Curriculum Planning and Learning Management System (CPALMS) to develop curricular units that emphasize conceptual thinking in the primary grades in the summer of 2013.

Prior to beginning the doctoral program, Brittany began her teaching career as an Intensive Academics teacher and Inclusion Specialist at a Title 1 school in Southwest Florida. During this time, she worked with children with severe academic and behavioral challenges in self-contained and inclusive settings. After relocating to middle Tennessee, Brittany worked as a Resource Teacher and Response to Intervention (RtI) Coordinator at the school-wide level at a rural school outside of Nashville. In this role, she was responsible for providing individualized interventions in reading and math in the general education setting. Her time spent working in the RtI field prompted her to pursue her Ph.D. to study the Response to Intervention process and research more intensive interventions for students with math disabilities.

In her free time, Brittany enjoys traveling, reading, crafting, and spending time with her husband, Tom, and daughter, Sadie!