The T/TAC at VCU is excited to welcome five new Program Specialists. Here are brief biographies for each individual:
Erinn Green, M.S., joins the T/TAC at VCU as a Program Specialist in the area of curriculum and instruction for middle grades five through nine. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from The University of Michigan and her graduate degree in Special Education K-12 from Longwood University. Prior to joining T/TAC, she worked as a special education teacher in elementary and high school grades.
Returning for an encore, Dr. Phyllis Haynes will support schools with implementation Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) and effective instructional strategies. Dr. Haynes is a native New Yorker who earned degrees from Virginia State University, Old Dominion University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She brings to this new role a wealth of experience and expertise.
Jackie Neidle is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher with 30 years of experience in the classroom as a special needs educator. Jackie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master’s degree in Special Education from Adelphi University. She also completed an Autism Spectrum Disorders certificate program through Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2004, Jackie relocated with her family from New York to Virginia. For the last nine years she has worked with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities within Chesterfield County Public Schools. Her interest in promoting literacy for students with special needs has prompted her to develop and provide peer trainings including Chesterfield’s Informational Technology Expo (CITE), Insight Autism Conference,TechKnowledgy as well as VCU T/TAC’s Four Block Book Study. The focus of these trainings was to share ideas and strategies she has found to be most successful when working with her students with Autism and Intellectual Disabilities. Jackie is excited to join Virginia Department of Education Training and Technical Assistance Center at VCU as an Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Specialist.
Kelley Neubert joins VDOE’s T/TAC at VCU as a Program Specialist in the area of behavior. She received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications (Electronic Journalism) from James Madison University and her graduate degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Education. Prior to joining T/TAC, Kelley worked for almost 15 years as a special education teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Her experiences have been primarily with providing instruction to students with significant behavioral needs in both alternative and comprehensive school settings.
Kia Reed comes to T/TAC from Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) where she served as a general education secondary teacher for one year. She currently works at T/TAC as a Program Specialist in secondary curriculum and instruction. Prior to her experience with PGCPS, she worked as a special education teacher with Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) for eight years. She served as a Mentor Program coordinator with HCPS and assisted teachers with transitioning into new school settings as first year or experienced teachers. Her interests include research of overrepresentation and over identification of African American males with learning or emotional disabilities in the public school system and serving as an instructional support for teachers, students, and families of students with disabilities.