Shannon Bellezza, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Dr. Bellezza earned her master’s degree in special education and doctorate in curriculum & instruction from NC State University. She became interested in special education when her younger sister, who had been diagnosed with intellectual disability, was not having her needs met by her school. An undergraduate at the time, Dr. Bellezza took as many courses as possible in special education to learn how to advocate for her sister. She went on to be a special education teacher for several years in self-contained classes for students with autism and students with moderate intellectual disability, making it her mission to “do right by her sister.” Having sat on both sides of the table, Dr. Bellezza has aunique and deep understanding of the IEP and special-education service delivery processes.
As a doctoral student, Dr. Bellezza focused on the study of behavior management. She specializes in behavior management and behavior change at the classroom- and individual-level and has experience working with students with and without disabilities on both academic and non-academic behaviors.
Dr. Bellezza currently holds North Carolina teaching licensure for K-12 Cross Categorial.