Dr. Carmen Constantinescu obtained a PhD in Special Education Policy from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Special Education from George Washington University. She has been a professional in special education in the Washington, D.C. area since 2004 and, to date, has held positions as early interventionist and special education teacher and administrator in preK-12 programs (public, private/non-public, and charter schools). Currently, she is active in the academia community as a faculty member in various teacher preparation programs at local universities (both formal training as well as field experience). Her research experience includes collaborations with the American Institute for Research, the J. F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and a first independent research study at a local non-public school. Her research interests include cognitive development, instructional accommodations and best teaching practices for students with disabilities as well as classroom applications of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and teacher dispositions.