Doctoral Student - Cohort 1
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Crystal is pursuing a doctorate in special education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a doctoral student, her research interests include supportive, family-centered teams in early intervention and empowering early childhood professionals to support children with disabilities in inclusive early childhood classrooms. Crystal previously earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and child and family services from Southern Illinois University, and her master’s degree in early childhood special education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as an infant and toddler specialist for Head Start.