|Kate D. Simmons is a Professor of Special Education with an appointment in the Department of Counselor, Leadership, and Special Education in the School of Education at Auburn University at Montgomery. She was appointed to the faculty following five years of teaching in the public school system. Her interests are instructional features that improve the academic and behavioral performances of students with exceptionalities. She has attended a total of 68 professional developments since being hired in 2008. Scholarly endeavors include over 19 peer reviewed presentations at international, national and state conferences on topics such as collaboration, technology, online course design, instructional design, and cyberbullying. She has eight peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals. Dr. Simmons teaches a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and Ed.S. level courses. She is also an active member of the Council of Exceptional Children (CEC), chair of Small Special Education Programs Caucus (SSEPC) and board member of the Teacher Education Division (TED). In addition to her duties as associate professor, she has served on over 33 committees within and outside of the university. Under her leadership, the program area of special education has successfully redesigned an undergraduate practicum and Ed.S. programs of study. In May 2013, she received the Donna M. Wolfinger Distinguished Teaching Award and the Emerging Professor Award within the School of Education. She is currently serving as the Department Head for Counselor, Leadership, and Special Education.