Beatrice Adera received her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Before coming to WCU, Dr. Adera was on faculty at Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg - where in addition to teaching and research, she supervised pre-service teachers in sub-urban and urban field placements. Dr. Adera holds a teaching certificate in special education with an ESL endorsement from the state of Texas where she taught for 5 years for Denton Independent School District. In addition, she also taught graduate and undergraduate special education courses as an adjunct at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Her research interests include social skills development for CLD learners; preparation of pre-service teachers for inclusive classrooms and inclusion of individuals with disabilities in mainstream educational establishments in Africa.