Shannon is a graduate student in Special Education at the University of Connecticut. Previously, she obtained her B.S. in Exercise Science with a Psychology minor from Sacred Heart University and her M.Ed. in Counseling with a focus in rehabilitation counseling from Springfield College. She is also a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). Shannon has worked in the past to help individuals with disabilities obtain individualized employment, as well as served as a transition specialist helping individuals transition from school to work. She is interested in researching postsecondary transition for individuals with disabilities as well as the development of effective IEP and 504 plans. Upon completion of her degree, Shannon plans to work as a professor researching and conducting policy advocacy in the area of IEPs, 504 plans, and transition planning.