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A native of upstate New York, Beth came to Brandeis in 2005, and has been working in higher education since 1989. Beth holds a BA in English and an EdM in Reading, Language and Learning Disabilities, and was a high school English and Language Arts teacher for five years. At Brandeis, she determines accommodations and services to ensure that students with disabilities are supported to compete and achieve their full potential on our campus. She also provides individual support to many students and works to increase the level of knowledge about disabilities on campus. Beth has expanded her work to the international arena, and, for one year, did voluntary service in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she worked with school-age kids and their families.
Scott joined Student Accessibility Support in 2018, and is responsible for helping graduate students with disabilities. Scott is working towards completing his Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College with a focus on belonging and students with emotional and behavioral disorders at the middle school level. During his time at Boston College, he worked on a number of projects related to accessibility and inclusion in higher education. He also taught and developed face-to-face, blended, and online courses at Boston College and at City College of New York. These courses covered a range of topics related to disability, inclusion, accessibility, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). He also was a research associate at CAST, and a LEND fellow (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Disabilities Program). When not at work, Scott enjoys spending time with his cats, reading, and baking.
Elizabeth Nako joined Academic Services and the Brandeis community in October 2018. She serves as an Accessibility Specialist for Undergraduate Students on the Student Accessibility Support (SAS) team at Brandeis. Elizabeth earned her BA in history from Providence College and her MA in higher education administration from Boston College. As a "life-long learner,” Elizabeth loves working in the energetic and dynamic higher education environment, and creating a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere to engage with students on many levels. She enjoys meeting with students individually to support them through appropriate accommodations and services to be successful in the classroom, as well as helping students with disabilities work towards achieving their academic and personal goals. Prior to her role at Brandeis, Elizabeth worked in a variety of functional areas in higher education including: disability services, admissions, and career services at other institutions in the Boston area. When she is not working, Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading good books, cheering on Boston sports teams, playing trivia, traveling to new places, staying active whether it is running, hiking, or taking a yoga class, volunteering in her local community, and fitting in as much beach time as possible.
Kaitlyn joined the Academic Services Staff in October 2018. Before coming to Brandeis, Kaitlyn worked at four other institutions supporting students with documented disabilities, where she developed and presented faculty/staff/student trainings about championing individuals with disabilities, conducted student check in meetings, advised clubs, and more. Using a holistic approach, Kaitlyn works with students to empower them through exploring their strengths, meeting their individual unique needs, and teaching the importance of self-advocacy in order to assist in achieving their personal goals. Kaitlyn is a first-generation college student, who earned her BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and Humanities from Bay Path University; and a Masters of Education in Student Affairs Counseling at Bridgewater State University. For fun, Kaitlyn likes to snuggle her Puggle Foster, be creative, go on adventures with her partner, play board games and watch the Patriots.