Brynn is a graduate of Texas A&M University and a former member of the Aggie Corps of Cadets and Fightn' Texas Aggie Band. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in Special Education and a Master's degree in Educational Psychology. After completing her master's degree she received her educational diagnostician certification from Stephen F. Austin University. Brynn has over ten years of Texas public school experience, which includes the roles of secondary special education teacher, transition specialist, and 18+ Programs Instructional Coach. During her time in Bryan ISD, she brought Project SEARCH to the district and oversaw its operations until her transition to the SCTN. Brynn also assists in leading district-level, state-level, and national-level professional development on various topics in the area of transition. Brynn is a wife and mother of 3 children and resides in Bryan/College Station with her family. She currently serves as project manager at The Garrett Center on Transition and Disability Services.
Kayla met her husband while attending Baylor University. She earned a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, specializing in English and Special Education. Using her study of English, her first career was in investment marketing. After ten years, she felt drawn to make a difference. She embraced a career in education and taught middle and high school for 12 years before earning her master's degree in Educational Leadership from Texas A & M University-Commerce. She then continued to serve as a district Transition and Employment Designee, Vocational Adjustment Coordinator, high school Assistant Principal, district Special Education Coordinator, and taught the special education content seminar for an alternative certification program. Most recently Kayla was an Education Specialist for the Region 12 Education Service Center in Waco, focusing on transition, accessibility, and inclusive practices for students with disabilities. She has been a guest lecturer in transition for several university teacher preparation programs and has trained many educators across the state through professional development and conference presentations. Kayla has a heart for homeless youth and young adults with disabilities and serves on multiple local, state, and national committees. She is part of Leadership Waco through the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Kayla and her husband, Joe, live in the Waco area near their two adult daughters. She currently serves as content specialist/project coordinator at The Garrett Center on Transition and Disability Services.
Sasha Long, BCBA, MA
Sasha Long, BCBA, M.A., is the founder and president of The Autism Helper, Inc. She is a board certified behavior analyst and former special education teacher. Sasha shares strategies and best practices through her blog, podcast, membership, and online courses. Sasha travels internationally as a speaker and consultant providing individualized training and feedback to parents, educators, therapists and administrators in the world of autism. She is a former adjunct professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Sasha received her undergraduate degree in Special Education from Miami University and has a Masters Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. Vickie Mitchell
Vickie Mitchell is the Eleanor and Charles Garrett Endowed Chair in Special Education for the College of Education at Sam Houston State University. She is also an associate professor and the Executive Director of the Garrett Center. In 2017, Dr. Mitchell was awarded the Donn Brolin Award for State/Province Leadership and Service at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Career Development and Transition in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has been a general and special education teacher; special education administrator; Transition Specialist for the Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas; and a private consultant working with school districts and regional education service centers. Her teaching and research interests include transition services, self-determination practices, work-based learning, and program evaluations of all areas of transition services. She currently serves as executive director at The Garrett Center on Transition and Disability Services.
Kelsey Ragan, PhD, LSSP, LP
Kelsey Ragan, Ph.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Educational Psychology Department. She is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP) and a Licensed Psychologist (LP). Her clinical background includes school psychology work in the public education system in Texas, Virginia, and Florida. She has also provided therapeutic and assessment services in clinical settings, including private practice and community-based clinics. Her primary research interests include behavioral consultations and interventions, with a focus on systematic reviews and meta-analytic methods.
Dr. Edward Schultz
Dr. Edward Schultz is a full professor at Midwestern State University. Since 2005, he has trained future special educators and educational diagnosticians. In addition to this, he provides professional development and consultations to numerous school districts across the state and consults with state departments. He is a co-architect of the Core-Selective Evaluation Process (CSEP) and interests include SLD/Dyslexia identification, multi-tiered systems of support, and school improvement.
The Region 12 Education Service Center
Arash Abnoussi - General Education
Kathryn Allen - General Education
Faith Foster - Federal Programs
Stephanie Londenberg - Special Education
Andi McNair - General Education
Ginger Rowe - General Education
Jennifer Serrato - Secondary Counseling