Gavin W. Watts is a doctoral student in Early Childhood Special Education, with research interests in the areas of no-cost, behavioral interventions for students with emotional-behavioral disorders, cross-age tutoring paradigms for social skills instruction, and teacher preparation.
Gavin started his career in education as a middle school teacher for students with emotional and behavioral disorders in the Forest Park Public School District, on the western edge of Chicago. Over his six years in this district, he also served as the early childhood special education teacher, as well as the behavioral consultant.
He has served as a member of the Practice Strand Proposal Review Board for the Council for Exceptional Children’s National Conference (2015), and a representative for the Illinois Education Association at the annual conference (2013).
Gavin holds a M.Ed. in Special Education (2012) with a specialization in Behavior Interventions and Curriculum Adaptations from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a B.A. in Special Education (2008) from Illinois State University.