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Born and raised in New England, CAITLYN MAJEIKA spent 3 years as a Special Education Resource Teacher in Rhode Island. During her time there, Caitlyn worked with students across a wide range of disabilities in grades two through six. In this role, she provided her students with direct behavior support and access to the Common Core curriculum in the general education classroom in addition to providing individualized academic interventions in a resource setting. In this role, Caitlyn also served as a Catalyst Teacher on her district’s Digital Literacy Committee. Through this opportunity, she worked with other teachers to plan curricula embedded with instruction in digital literacy skills. Caitlyn also coached her middle school’s Unified Basketball team, which provided students with disabilities the opportunity to play intermural sports alongside their typical peers.

Caitlyn holds both a Bachelor’s in Elementary/Special Education and a Master’s of Education in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Caitlyn is now following her passion of increasing research and teacher preparedness for supporting students with challenging behavior in the classroom as she pursues a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests center around increasing teacher use of data-based decision-making in the context of behavioral interventions. More specifically, she is interested in measuring student characteristics (e.g., function of behavior) to more efficiently and effectively inform the selection and/or adaptation of Tier 2 behavioral interventions. Beyond academics, Caitlyn enjoys running, cooking new recipes, and traveling back to Rhode Island to spend time with her family.