VICTORIA WHALEY is pursuing her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Connecticut. A New England native, she received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of New Hampshire and obtained her initial teaching certification Houston Independent School District’s alternative certification program, in partnership with the University of St. Thomas, Houston. As a Teach for America corps member, she was a bilingual elementary resource teacher in Houston ISD for five years and partnered with Teach For America in training and supporting other special education teachers. She then completed a Master’s in special education, with an emphasis in learning disabilities at Vanderbilt University. Following graduation, she directed the charter institute for the Nashville Teaching Fellows, overseeing the pre-service training new teachers for Metro Nashville Public Schools, before relocating to Connecticut, where she taught public school and worked in community organization around literacy. For the past 3 years, she has worked for an online start up, developing and implementing online intervention for students with reading disabilities.
Outside of work, Tori enjoys reading, hiking with her dog, and attending theater and other arts events.