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Nikki Donnelly

Educator & PhD Student

Educator & PhD Student

Nikki is pursuing her doctorate in early childhood education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a doctoral student, Nikki’s research interests center around autism and inclusive practices in early childhood/elementary ages. Nikki previously earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and her master’s degree in special education, both from Fresno Pacific University.

She is a former special education teacher and school administrator, and is an adjunct faculty member at Fresno Pacific University. Nikki is a former district representative for the California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN) as well as on the district leadership team for the Teaching Pyramid Model training and implementation. She is also a Board Member with the California Chapter of the National Sibling Leadership Netowrk, and Board Chair of the National Sibling Leadership Network.

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