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RACHEL DONEGAN is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education from Vanderbilt University. Originally from the Midwest, Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She went on to earn her Master of Education in Special Education at Vanderbilt University specializing in high incidence disabilities.

After graduating, Rachel worked as an elementary special education teacher in inclusion and resource settings. During her time as a teacher, Rachel collaborated with other special education teachers in her district to support their implementation of various academic interventions. She also worked at the district level as an instructional coach for special education teachers at the elementary and middle school level. In this role, she designed and provided teacher trainings and in classroom support focused on reading intervention. Most recently, Rachel served at Vanderbilt University as a project coordinator for a reading intervention research project under Dr. Jeanne Wanzek.

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys running, trying new recipes, and teaching her dog, Gus, new tricks.