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Excited to be back home in Texas, JENNIFER STEWART is currently pursuing her PhD in Education at Southern Methodist University. She is a former special educator who has taught in a self-contained classroom unit embracing students in grades K- 5 with moderate to severe disabilities before moving abroad to teach middle school as a learning support specialist in London, England. Over the course of her career, she has had the great privilege of developing and maintaining a model classroom unit with the support of her school district’s instructional support team. Her classroom served as a training ground for other teachers in her district in the use of evidence-based teaching strategies for students with autism, intellectual disability, and other behavioral challenges. She helped to coach her colleagues in implementing positive behavior supports, instructional modifications, and using classroom data to drive day-to-day classroom instruction. In England, she worked alongside middle school students with dyslexia and ADD/ADHD to develop independent strategies and supports for the mainstream classroom.

Jennifer holds a Bachelors of Arts in Education and Theatre from Saint Louis University and a Masters of Education in Special Education from Southern Methodist University. Prior to teaching in the school setting, she worked as an educational intern with the Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis and Nashville Children’s Theatre. Out of the classroom, Jennifer can be found singing, seeing live theatre, training for her next race, and volunteering as a member of the family selection committee for Habitat for Humanity- South Collin County.