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CHRISTERRALYN BROWN is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She attended St. Xavier University where she completed her Bachelor’s of Communication Disorder with a concentration in Spanish Studies. After earning her B.A. she attended Governors State University where she earned her M.A. in Multi-categorical Special Education. From 2011-2013, she worked as a Special Education Resource teacher for Posen-Robbins School District, a south suburb of Illinois. Looking for a more challenging work environment, she decided to accept employment with AUSL, a school management organization focused on transforming school outcomes for the lowest performing schools in the city of Chicago. Christerralyn began her career with AUSL as a special education teacher focusing on small group intense intervention. She then became the school’s case manager as well as the MTSS coordinator. In these roles she focused on developing a strong co-teaching inclusion model as well as establishing a multi-tiered system of supports focused on closing the school-wide achievement gap.