Message from the Director
My name is Dr. Tristan Glenn, and I am an Associate Professor of Special Education here in the Bagwell College of Education. I also have the pleasure of serving as the inaugural director of our Call Me MISTER program.
I have over eight years of experience as an educator in several high-needs public schools in Florida. My journey in the field of education began as a teacher of students with disabilities in a first grade self-contained classroom. After teaching for a year in this setting, I took a similar position as a special education teacher in a Kindergarten to 2nd grade self-contained class. I worked in this setting for a year until I was persuaded by a principal of a nearby middle school to join his faculty as special education teacher and coordinator of an intensive reading program. Once transitioned into these new roles, I remained at the middle school for a year until that same principal got transferred to an elementary school and once again convinced me to come along. Only this time I would be transitioning into a Behavior Specialist position. My time as a Behavior Specialist was critical to my development as a teacher educator because in addition to supporting teachers and students, I became a trainer of several district professional development initiatives. In this capacity I provided professional development in the areas of positive behavior supports systems, nonviolent crisis intervention strategies, and cultural competency. Working with teachers across the district deepened my understanding of the importance of teachers being provided with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to effectively meet the needs of diverse students. As a result of this experience, my passion as an educator shifted to an intentional focus on educator preparation.
I earned my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Special Education Policy (2013), a M.A. in Special Education (2007), and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership (2007) from the University of South Florida. My B.S. in Special Education is from Bethune-Cookman College (2002). My primary scholarly interests are situated within the context of culturally responsive educator preparation. My research interest and passion for my work with Call Me MISTER® emerge from a deep desire to improve the social and educational outcomes of students from historically marginalized backgrounds. I look forward to partnering with others who similarly share a passion for achieving equity, inclusion, and social justice for all students.
Tristan L. Glenn, Ph.D.
Director of Call Me MISTER at KSU
Associate Professor of Special Education
Kennesaw State University
Bagwell College of Education, Department of Inclusive Education
Education Building, Room 440
580 Parliament Garden Way (MD 0124)
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591