Meet the Master’s Students
Lili began the master’s program in Early Childhood Special Education with the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) track at Vanderbilt University in August of 2019. Lili is a Susan Gray School fellow. Prior to returning to Vanderbilt to pursue her master’s degree, Lili was a resident doctor in China. At the Susan Gray School, Lili taught in toddler, preschool, and prekindergarten classrooms serving young children with and without disabilities. Lili is interested in introducing the Pyramid Model to Chinese early childhood practitioners, adapting the Pyramid Model to be more culturally-responsive in the socio-cultural context in China, integrating ABA principles and practices into early childhood curriculum teaching, and effective ways to create a wholly inclusive environment for all learners.
- B.S.+ MD in Clinical Medicine from Nanjing Medical University
Anna is a first year Master’s student in the Early Childhood Special Education program with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis at Vanderbilt University. In Dr. Hemmeter’s lab, Anna assists with coding projects. Anna is a fellow at The Susan Gray School, where she teaches preschool-age children pre-academic and life skills, such as social-emotional development and friendship skills. Prior to Vanderbilt, Anna received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education (K-6) from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. As a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT), Anna has worked with a wide age range of children in different settings using behavioral principals and ABA. Her experience working with people with disabilities has sparked her interest further in communication, social-emotional learning, and developing healthy relationships in young children.
- B.S. in Elementary and Special Education (K-6 Mild) from Ball State University
Felicia Soemarjono began her master’s program in Early Childhood Special Education at Vanderbilt University in August 2020. Felicia supports projects such as The Education Innovation and Research, Group Coaching Approach, and Instructionally Enhanced Pyramid model at Hemmeter Lab. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Felicia taught and lead an inclusive preschool and kindergarten serving lower-middle income communities in Jakarta, Indonesia for five years, as well as taught first grade for two years in Papua, Indonesia. It was there that Felicia became a passionate supporter of inclusive education and started efforts to bring awareness of the issue nationally through seminars and teacher coaching. Felicia is interested in sustainable inclusive classroom practices, teacher coaching, and research methods that include single case, statistics, and psychometry, relevant to lower-middle-income countries context.
- B.A. in Architecture with Structural Engineering Minor from The University of California, Berkeley
- Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University
- Teacher certification from the Association of Christian Schools International
Josephine is a first year Master’s student in the Early Childhood Special Education program at Vanderbilt University. She is a Susan Gray School fellow and codes fidelity for the EIR project in Dr. Hemmeter’s lab. Josephine received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Child Studies from Vanderbilt University. She has taught in inclusive early childhood classrooms for toddlers and preschoolers over the last 5 years and is interested in supporting positive teacher-student relationships, inclusive education, social emotional learning, challenging behavior, and teaching social problem solving.
- B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Child Studies from Vanderbilt University
- Early Childhood Education PreK-3rd Practitioner Teaching License