Janet L. Bavonese, Ed.D. is Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction at Jacksonville State University School of Education. Her background includes twenty years of experience in classroom teaching, literacy coaching, and curriculum coordination in P-12 public education. Janet holds a BA in Human Resources, an MS in English Language Learners, an MS in Reading Specialist, and an Ed.D. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading. Her current work includes departmental and program administration for early childhood, elementary, and special education programs at JSU. Janet’s research agenda includes innovation in teacher education, collaboration among general and special education candidates, autism, dyslexia, and technology integration. She regularly presents at local, state, and national conferences, serves on the Alabama Reading Association Board, is the On to JSU Grant Project Manager, Director of the Center for Autism Studies, and serves on JSU CORE.