Dr. Amanda Stefanski is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Columbia College. In addition to the courses she teaches within the special education course of study, Dr. Stefanski teaches the introductory course for the division of education, Introduction to the Profession of Teaching, along with its accompanying Praxis Core Reading Lab. She has also led workshops and taught courses designed for cohorts moving through the Alternative Pathways for Educator Certification (APEC) program as well as courses for the first-year experience at CC (LA 100). Dr. Stefanski's research interests are primarily grounded in work that has to do with general education teacher's preparation for and instruction of students with disabilities. Additionally, she has researched and published multiple manuscripts related to full service (and/or community) schools in regards to leadership, family involvement, and a number of other connected topics as part of her involvement with the program evaluation for a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant she has been working on since before she began teaching at Columbia College.