“I see that my heart is really with children and families affected by disabilities. The best way to serve them is to train their teachers.”
This is Kelly Carrero’s view on teaching special education at Shippensburg University.
A new member of the SU family, having joined in 2012, she takes her job as a special education professor with a unique passion.
“I want my graduates to be well-equipped for working with children with exceptionalities,” she said.
Carrero began her educational journey in 2005 when she received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas.
She has since received a master’s degree in special education, as well as a doctorate in special education, at the University of North Texas.
Carrero also has experience that includes a graduate research assistant ship, consulting program coordinator, and a centralized structured classroom teacher.
In addition, she has been involved with numerous publications, such as Multicultural Learning and Teaching, Preventing School Failure, and Innovation in Higher Education.
Her research interests include issues for individuals and families affected by adverse behavioral issues; programming for individuals with behavioral disorders, including autism; and early intervention strategies for young children with disabilities.
She has been a guest lecturer at several college classes related to her research field, most notably “Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders.”
When it came to choosing schools at which to teach, SU seemed like the perfect place.
“The university has been rated as one of the best places to work. I can meet my academic goals and balance my academic life and family.” Carrero said.
She has enjoyed every minute of it, mainly because of the impact her students make.
“I am so impressed with the ability of my students. They read all the material, they care about what they’re doing and they are very enthusiastic about teaching,” she said.