Department of Special Education

Cavanaugh, Brian
Part-time Faculty
2005 MED Risk and Prevention, Harvard Graduate School of Education; 2004 BS Emotional Disturbances, University of Maine at Farmington; 2013 EDD Special Education and Educational Psychology, University of Maine
Areas of Expertise
Special Education: Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, Functional Behavioral Assessment, Implementation Science, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Prevention Science.

Brian's primary area of expertise is the education of students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities (EBD).He serves on the Leadership and Policy Council for PBIS Maine, providing professional development in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Brian has worked primarily as a teacher of students with EBD in public schools and residential treatment centers.He has also worked as a professional development provider and behavioral consultant in Massachusetts and Maine. Brian's scholarly work has appeared in publications such as Education and Treatment of Children and Remedial and Special Education as well as national conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, the conference of the Association for Positive Behavior Supports, and the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children.Brian enjoys spending time with his family and watching the Celtics and Patriots win.

Miles, Kathleen
Lecturer I Student Teaching Supervisor/Education
Phone: 207.778.7165
1981 MSED University of Southern Maine; 1973 BS University of Maine at Farmington
Areas of Expertise
Special Education: Evaluation and Supervision of K - 12 Educators

Kathy Miles has been an educator for forty years. She began her teaching career in elementary education. After teaching for eighteen years in Maine, she ventured to Europe to teach at a NATO base for the Department of Defense at The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium. As Kathy says, "This was a game changer for her professionally." She worked with children from many diverse cultures and after five amazing years in Europe, Kathy and her husband, Bruce, returned to Maine so she could begin her new teaching adventure working with student teachers at UMF. Her passion for teaching and working with preservice teachers has remained strong throughout her seventeen years at UMF, and she continues to marvel at the dedication and committment that her student teachers bring to their new professions. She is proud that UMF graduates are highly regarded and that children everywhere benefit from having a UMF-trained teacher.

Smith, Karen
Instructor of Special Education
Phone: 207.778.7178
2006 MED University of Maine; 1994 BSN University of Southern Maine
Areas of Expertise
Special Education: Paraeducators, Response to Intervention, Special Education Methods

Karen G. Smith is an Instuctor in the Special Education Department. She has many years of teaching experience as a Maine public school special educator at the elementary and middle levels. Her research and academic interests include special education methods, curriculum & instruction, response to intervention, and paraeducators. She is currently working toward her doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education at the University of Maine. Karen is proud to be a member of the UMF community because of its longstanding reputation for its quality special education teacher preparation program and because Farmington is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.