Department of Special Education
Kevin Good's focus in special education has resulted in various experiences including teaching, research, advocacy, and consulting. Kevin’s primary teaching and research is on assistive technology (AT), inclusive education, teacher education, academic and behavioral instructional interventions, and best practices in instruction and technology use. His goal is to develop and mentor future teachers as they prepare to meet the needs of all learners. He is also excited to work with community members with their AT needs be it related to pk-12 education, higher education or life. As the Maine CITE Coordinator at UMF, Kevin seeks to help all individuals learn more about the roles of AT in the classroom and life. Currently, Kevin is finalizing his dissertation, which focuses on technology use for improving the writing skills of students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Kate's teaching, research, and consulting are guided by a passion for inclusive education and social justice. Her research is focused on best practices for the inclusion of secondary students with complex support needs, understanding the culture of inclusive schools, and inclusive teacher education, and has been published in journals such as Educational Leadership, Disability & Society, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, International Journal of Whole Schooling, and Rethinking Schools. Kate is a founding member of the Maine Coalition for Inclusive Education, and as a consultant and advocate, she works with administrators, teachers, and families to create inclusive schools that value diverse students. She is completing her PhD in Special Education at Syracuse University and when she isn't working, she loves to play music and spend time outdoors with her family.
Kathy Miles 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 me 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.
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.
Dominique has been in the field of education for almost ten years. She started her career as a special education teacher in a middle school serving at-risk students in a high poverty community. She recently completed her doctorate in special education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and she specializes in high incidence disabilities, using technology for students with disabilities, and methods for teaching English Language Learners. Her dissertation study Using Mobile Technology to Increase the Math Achievement and Engagement of Students with Disabilities focused on the critical design features and implemention of mobile devices to support teacher-directed instruction. She hopes to further expand this research line to develop guidelines for using digital lessons in the core content areas for students with disabilities. Dominique is excited to be part of the UMF faculty and looks forward to enjoying the community with her family.