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CARLIN CONNER is currently pursuing her PhD in Education at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Carlin has been living in Dallas for the past 4 years, originally placed there as a member of Teach for America to teach special education. Before coming to Dallas, Carlin completed her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development at the University of Georgia (UGA). While at UGA, Carlin also received a certificate in Disability Studies, which ultimately inspired her to get involved in the field of special education. During her 4 years in Dallas, Carlin worked as a 3rd-5th grade special education teacher at Uplift Williams Preparatory, a Charter School with a majority ESL population. She worked with students of all abilities: learning disability, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, Autism, behavior disorders, and more, in both inclusive and self-contained settings. She was named District Special Education Staff Member of the year for the 2015-2016 school year, during which time she also worked as a resident coordinator for special education at her entire K-12 campus. In May 2016, Carlin received her Master’s degree in Special Education at SMU before heading to New Orleans to enjoy the summer with her family and dog, Titus. Growing up in New Orleans gave Carlin a love of good food and music, which she tries to make time to enjoy in Dallas. She also enjoys running, swimming, and biking, and has completed several half marathons and sprint-triathlons.