Add*Ed Advisory Board
Dr. Karen Shannon,
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Coordinator
General Education Teacher
Jordan Shurr, Director
Jordan Shurr, PhD, is an associate professor of special education at Queen's University. In addition to his roles as a teacher educator and research, Jordan has served as a teacher, assistive technology consultant and inclusion coordinator. His current university teaching focuses on inclusive education and his research centres on curricular supports for students with autism and intellectual disability in addition to teacher identity and professional development.
Alexandra Minuk, Projects Manager
Allie Minuk is a doctoral student at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education. Allie has worked as a teacher for students with autism spectrum disorder and as an educational consultant for special education teacher recruitment, retention, and training. At present, Allie is an instructor in the Bachelor of Education program and is focused on research that investigates the variables associated with inclusive classroom placement decisions for students with ASD.
Haley Clark, Research Coordinator
Haley is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. She holds an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph and a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on students with learning disabilities (elementary school age) and their internalization of ablest tendencies in the classroom. Haley also examines forms of accommodations in the classroom that promote accessibility and universal design approaches. She adopts the critical disability studies perspective to understand systemic ablism and barriers for students with disabilities. She has also held multiple Teaching Assistant positions in sociology and education.
Akomaye Undie, Leadership Team
Akomaye Undie is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. He holds an undergraduate degree, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D. all in Guidance and Counselling from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. His research focuses on the availability and utilization of assistive technologies in the educational programme of learners with special needs at the lower basic schools in the south-south, region of Nigeria.
Holly Crump, Leadership Team
Holly is a Master of Education candidate at the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Windsor. She currently works as a Teaching Assistant in the Bachelor of Education Program and is researching the impacts of exclusionary discipline on middle school students with exceptionalities.
Adrianna Arsenault, Leadership Team
Adrianna is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University. She completed an Honours Bachelor of Social Science (major: Criminology, Minor: Women’s Studies) at the University of Ottawa in 2020, a Bachelor of Education at Queen’s University in 2021 and a Master of Arts in Education at the University of Ottawa in 2023. Her research interests focus on examining the experiences of disabled students and their families through a critical disability studies lens. Her broad research interests include parent involvement, advocacy, narrative methodologies and systemic ableism. Currently, Adrianna is working as a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University.
Research Group Members
I am in my fourth year at Queen’s University and am working towards getting my BScH majoring in Psychology! I am currently a special directed lab student in the Social Cognition Lab, PSYC100 TA, a research group member of Add*Ed, and an honours thesis student in the Autism Spectrum Disorders lab. I am researching general psychopathology’s relationship with comorbidities in ASD for my thesis and aiding in canine comparative cognition research. With my involvement in Add*Ed, I hope to improve learning and equity in pedagogy. When I have spare time I love to play music, hang out with my dogs, get outdoors and see my friends.
I am a 5th year Concurrent Education student at Queen's University, with teachables in History and English. I am also in my first year of the M.Ed program at Nipissing University, where I hope to focus my research on creating a more inclusive environment for students with exceptionalities, especially on the Autism spectrum. Through working with Add*Ed I look forward to creating real change in classrooms.
Hi there! My name is Teresa and I am in my fourth year at Queen’s University in the Concurrent Education and Science program working towards teachable subjects in Biology and Drama. I am passionate about inclusive education, health and wellness, and all things science. Through working with Add*Ed, I look forward to learning more about integrating inclusivity in the classroom and in student learning.
My name is Sydney and I am a fourth-year Concurrent Education student with a major in psychology. After completing a teaching placement at Holland-Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Centre, I knew special education was a field I was interested in. Working with Add*Ed is an exciting opportunity which will allow me to further explore my passion for inclusivity.
My name is Nathaniel, and I am in my fourth year at Queens University in Concurrent Education with a major in Biology. As a future teacher candidate, I am passionate about inclusive education, health and wellness. Through working with Add*Ed, I look forward to learning more about possible ways to integrate inclusivity in the classroom and student learning.
My name is Chelsea, and I am a third-year Concurrent Education student majoring in English and History. As a future educator, I hope to create a classroom that welcomes students of different intersectionalities and promotes inclusive and accessible learning. I look forward to contributing to a significant and evolving field of special education research with Add-Ed and applying my newfound knowledge to my future work with children.
My name is Tina and I am a fourth-year Concurrent Education student with a major in Psychology and teachables in Geography and History. As a teacher candidate, I am passionate about special education as I want to promote a positive, inclusive learning experience for all students. Through working with Add*Ed, I look forward to creating more awareness among educators and contributing to such vital research that can make a real difference in the lives of students with developmental disabilities!
My name is Julia and I use she/her pronouns. I am a third year Concurrent Education student in the P/J stream and am majoring in English Literature and minoring in Gender Studies. My participation in Best Buddies, and my work as an emergency Educational Assistant has nurtured a special interest and passion towards facilitating the social and academic inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in mainstream education. I am excited to join the Add*Ed team, where I hope to expand my knowledge of inclusive education so that I can work to bridge the gap between research and practice in my future work as an educator.
My name is Marissa and I am a third year Concurrent Education Student (P/J) at Queen's University. I am majoring in history and minoring in English literature. Within my B.Ed., I plan to focalize my studies in Special Education with the goal of designing inclusive curriculums. As a teacher candidate who has a passion for working with complex learners and students with exceptionalities, I am very excited to have the opportunity to be involved in this innovative research with such a brilliant group of people!
I'm Ashley Khan, currently in my fourth year of Health Sciences at Queens University, and I aspire to become a pediatrician. My specific interest lies in pediatric psychology and well-being, and I strongly believe in the importance of fostering inclusive learning environments, especially for children. As I progress through my academic journey, I am dedicated to promoting inclusivity, health, and wellness, recognizing the crucial role child learning plays in shaping their future.
I am a fourth-year student at Queen’s University, majoring in psychology and minoring in French. I am also in the concurrent education program and hope to one day teach special education. I am excited to be a member of the Add*Ed team and hope to gain knowledge about inclusivity, and learn about research available that I could peruse in a master’s degree.
My name is Liz and I am a second year Concurrent Education Student (P/J) with a major in Psychology. As a future teacher, I hope to create an positive environment where learning is accessible for every student. I have always been passionate about working in special education as well as promoting inclusive learning. I looking forward to working with the Add*Ed team to expand my knowledge and continue to explore my passion for supporting students with developmental disabilities.
Hi! My name is Alexis and I’m a second-year student in the Concurrent Education program with a major in French and teachable subjects in French and geography. I’ve had a lot of experience with tutoring and volunteering in after-school programs that have introduced me to working with a diversity of students! Throughout my time in these roles, I’ve learned about the importance of inclusive education and have grown interested in exploring the topic and how I can insert myself in this field to help make a difference. With that being said, I am both honored and excited to be welcomed as a member of the Add*Ed group!
Liliana Chow is a second-year concurrent education sciences student in the primary-junior stream. She is currently working towards a specialization in chemistry with a certificate in entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity. In her first year, she studied abroad at Queen's Bader College campus in East Sussex. She hopes to bring a unique perspective to all of ADD*Ed's research with the goal of creating lasting change for students with exceptionalities.
I am in my final year of the Concurrent Education Program at Queen’s University. Working with children in clinical and therapeutic settings informed my decision to study the mental health of students with exceptionalities. I am currently interested in researching how children’s understanding of disability informs their social inclusion practices. As a member of ADD*Ed, I look forward to learning more about promoting values of acceptance and feelings of belonging for all students.