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CHRISTY AUSTIN is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Texas at Austin. Before starting the program, Christy worked for 2 years as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher at Rawson Saunders, a private school for students with dyslexia. Prior to teaching at Rawson Saunders, Christy worked as a special education coordinator and assistant principal at KIPP:Camino Academy in San Antonio, Texas. She was responsible for developing and monitoring the implementation of IEPs for students receiving special education services, developing and monitoring the services provided to students under 504, managing student discipline, coaching and supervising teachers, and presenting professional development to staff related to special education training, school culture, and discipline. Christy also spent 2 years as a life-skills teacher at Chase’s Place, a school for students with moderate to severe developmental disabilities.

Christy received a B.A. in humanities from Trinity University, where she played college tennis and was a two-time All-American doubles player. She received a M.Ed. in special education at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. She is particularly interested in research in the area of reading interventions.