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Special Education Faculty


Dr.Paul CarlsonDr. Paul Carlson
Professor, SPED

Dr. Carlson is a Professor of Special Education with 35 years of experience teaching at UHV. Dr. Carlson has an Ed. D. with emphasis on education, linguistics and anthropology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He also holds a PhD in Special Education from Ohio State University. In 1997 Dr. Carlson founded and ran The PARTNER’S afterschool project and homework center for elementary age at-risk children in Victoria. This program has recently moved to Profit High School and is a tutorial program for at-risk high school and elementary students. Dr. Carlson’s research interests include studying the school culture at Profit and the culture of the young people outside the school. His goal is to develop an analytical approach to diversity so that schools can bridge gaps between the students' out-of-school and in-school environments.

Dr. Rachael MartinezDr. Rachel Martinez
Assistant Professor, SPED

Dr. Martinez is an Assistant Professor of Special Education with 12 years of direct experience working with adults and children with disabilities. She has taught in a Resource classroom and a Self-contained classroom. She has been a Teacher of the Visually Impaired, an Orientation and Mobility Specialist, and a Diagnostician. She has 5 years of teaching experience preparing students in the field of Special Education at the University of Houston-Victoria. Dr. Martinez has a Master's Degree and Doctorate in Special Education from Texas Tech University. Dr. Martinez is interested in conducting research in the area of Response to Intervention (RtI) and in evaluation/determination of disabilities.

Dr. Andria YoungDr. Andria Young
Associate Professor, SPED

Dr. Young is an Associate Professor of Special Education with 10 years of direct experience working with adults and children with disabilities as well as ten years of experience preparing undergraduate and graduate students to be Special Education Teachers and Diagnosticians. Dr. Young has a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Individual Differences from the University of Houston. Dr. Young's interests include applied behavior analysis, and transitions into the adult world for students with disabilities.



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