BA, Exceptional Student Education, Southeastern University
MEd, Exceptional Student Education, Southeastern University
Katlyn Elliott graduated from Southeastern University in March of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education in Exceptional Student Education. At that time, Elliott went to work as a VE teacher at Knights Elementary and continued her passion of working with exceptional students. She received the 2016/2017 Teacher of the Year Nomination and was chosen as the winner for the Council of Exceptional Educators Inclusionary Team of the Year. In the midst of this exciting time, Mrs. Elliott married her husband, Dudley Elliott, in October of 2016. During her time away from Southeastern she set a goal to return to SEU within ten years. God knew the desires of her heart and made it evident that He wanted her to join Southeastern as they continued developing the young Pathways School of Excellence. Elliott became an ESE teacher at the Pathways School of Excellence in October of 2017.
She taught a brand-new classroom when she began working at Pathways to meet the needs of the growing school. Working with students who have various needs continually assists Elliott in understanding and implementing a whole-child teaching approach. She believes that students must have their needs met “as a whole” across all areas (social/emotional, spiritual, academic skills, and independent functioning skills) before they are able to adequately learn the life skills God has for them. She teaches with the knowledge that a student cannot learn if their fear is greater than their confidence. Students gain a greater respect for their teachers, their peers, the lessons presented, and ultimately themselves when they feel safe and sure of what is expected of them. Setting fair and achievable goals is an important aspect of education to her.
Elliott’s experiences inspired her to continue her education and she is on track to graduate with her doctorate in Educational Leadership in December of 2018. She continues to grow her knowledge of teaching and experiences daily. Elliott has been teaching and directing the Children’s Church Program at Lone Oak Baptist Church since 2013. Her experiences in various grade levels, populations, and environments have better equipped her to understand and embrace various circumstances that must be considered in order for all students to learn.