Mary Baker graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2016 with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a concentration in Special Education. In May 2017, Mary will graduate with a Master’s degree in Special Education from TCU. She completed her student teaching in the spring of 2016 at M.L. Phillips Elementary, teaching in the TAP classroom. This year she will be teaching students at the Child Study Center in the Autism Services program, using specialized instruction and Applied Behavior Analysis techniques for students with Autism. Mary also helped analyze data for a mathematics intervention manuscript written by Dr. Lindy Crawford and Dr. Sarah Fuentes. The manuscript is currently going through the review process for possible publication. After graduation, Mary plans to begin teaching in a special education classroom either in Colorado or back home in the Chicago area.
Taylor Meneley graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University in 2015 with a B.S. in Education with a concentration in secondary education, social studies. In May 2017, Taylor will graduate with a Master’s degree in Special Education from TCU. She completed her student teaching in the fall of 2015 at R.L. Paschal High School, teaching AP and Honors U.S. History, and held a long-term substitute position there in the spring of 2016 teaching English. This year, she will be working with middle and high school students at the Hill School in Fort Worth, delivering specialized instruction to students with learning disabilities. Taylor was a recipient of the Lay-Williams Scholarship in Special Education. This scholarship led to conducting a narrative analysis to tell the Williams’ story as her Master’s project. Through document reviewing, interviews, and field visits, Taylor is telling the story of a mother and her daughter who has an intellectual disability. She is working with Dr. Lindy Crawford to tell this story, and plans to visit the Camphill School and Village in the Fall of 2016. After graduation, Taylor plans to begin teaching – most likely in Colorado.