This web site was developed to document my journey through a Ph.D. program in Education, with an emphasis on Special Education at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Specifically, it serves as a receptacle for information on my studies, interests, and experiences at UCR. On October 1, 2013, I successfully defended my dissertation!
When I first learned that I had been accepted into the Ph.D. program UCR, I was immediately speechless: I was not only greatly honored to have been considered in the first place, but also humbled and awestruck at the prospect of attending a 1st tier research institution. My next reaction was, "Oh my God, what have I done?!" Not to worry - it was just one of those fleeting moments of panic that occur when dreams are realized and you have to pinch yourself in order to ensure that you're really awake. Just the same, I was happier about this sudden turn of events than anything else that's happened to me in many, many years. Needless to say, it's been more than five years since I matriculated and the degree has now been earned. I have had a fabulous (albeit exhausting) experience at UCR and have studied with many extraordinary scholars. My professors have been highly respected and esteemed researchers in their respective specialty areas and my colleagues (fellow students) have be equally impressive. Without question, it has been an extraordinary honor to attend a top-tier research institution.