Technical Assistance Providers
IRIS technical assistance providers and IRIS experts are critical to our mission of disseminating our resources to faculty and professional development providers. Many have contributed to our training materials, and all have shared how they infuse IRIS in schools and teacher education programs. Get to know them below.
Melina Alexander (Weber State University, Ogden, Utah) was introduced to the IRIS materials during her doctoral program at Utah State University and has used IRIS consistently throughout her teaching. A member of the IRIS team since 2009, Melina is excited to share her experiences using the IRIS resources with other faculty members.
Sally Barton-Arwood (Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee) has thirty years of experience in special education. Sally has used the IRIS resources in preservice and mentor teacher training for the past six years, has facilitated IRIS Faculty Seminars since 2009, and has contributed to our standardized 2014 faculty training materials.
Sara Bicard (Auburn University, Montgomery, Alabama) has used IRIS materials in her traditional, hybrid, and online courses since 2006. She became an IRIS technical assistance provider in 2009, was a co-creator of the IRIS Case Study on measuring behavior, and has contributed to our standardized 2014 faculty training materials.
Vivian Correa (University of North Carolina-Charlotte) uses IRIS resources in her courses about diverse learners and is providing leadership on IRIS materials related to early intervention services. An experienced technical assistance provider with almost ten years experience with the Alliance Project, Vivian is also a member of the IRIS Early Intervention/ Early Childhood Leadership Team and conducts IRIS Faculty Seminars.
Silvia DeRuvo (WestEd Center, Atlanta, Georgia) is a special education resource developer who has used IRIS since 2007 in PD and an online class utilizing the Behavior Management Modules. Since 2009 she has collaborated with the IRIS Center to develop and present Webinars about IRIS Modules related to RTI, classroom assessment, fidelity of implementation, and behavior.
Nancy Hunt (California State University, Los Angeles) has been involved with IRIS as a user, research collaborator, and technical assistance provider since the earliest days of the project. Years of enthusiastic responses from her students have made her a wholehearted IRIS advocate. She develops training resources for the IRIS Center, including resources related to aligning new IRIS early childhood materials to the DEC Recommended Practices.
Katherine Mitchem (California University of Pennsylvania) is the inaugural recipient of the Edith L. Trees Charitable Trust Endowed Chair in Education at Cal U. Her research interests include bridging the research-to-practice gap in special education through effective preservice and inservice education and multimedia case-based instruction. Having once led efforts to infuse IRIS resources at her own institution, she now assists other college and university programs in Intensive IRIS Work Sessions to do the same.
Darcie Peterson (Utah State University, Logan) has led IRIS Faculty Seminars since 2007. She has field-tested IRIS Modules, participated in research studies using IRIS Modules, participated in research studies using IRIS materials, and evaluated information briefs. She teaches traditional on-campus courses, hybrid delivery courses, and online course delivery options, in addition to contributing to our 2014 faculty training materials.
Michelle “Shelli” Frazier Trotman Scott (University of West Georgia, Carrollton) has facilitated IRIS training events. She has infused IRIS Modules in both her face-to-face and partially online and completely online special education and diversity courses. At the University of West Georgia, she teaches in the Department of Teaching and Learning.
Kimberly Snow (Utah State University, Logan) has led IRIS Faculty Seminars since 2007 and has used IRIS Modules and other resources in her classes since 2005. She has field-tested IRIS Modules, participated in research studies using IRIS materials, and evaluated information briefs. Kim teaches traditional on-campus courses, hybrid delivery courses, and online course delivery options, in addition to contributing to our standardized 2014 faculty training materials.
Kim Uebelhardt (Ventura County Office of Education, California) is the Director of Teacher Education Programs for the Ventura County Office of Education and is adjunct faculty for several local IHEs. She has aligned IRIS Modules and resources to support teacher induction requirements and has utilized IRIS in planning PD for beginning and veteran teachers. She has helped deliver PD Seminars since 2013.
Natalie Allen Williams (Weber State University, Ogden, Utah) has used IRIS materials in her special education university courses since 2005. An IRIS expert and team member since 2009, Natalie helps deliver IRIS Faculty Seminars.