Dr. Tracy A. McLeod joined the Education Department in the fall of 2017.  She earned her Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning with a special education focus from the University of Miami at Coral Gables, Florida, a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction K-8, a B.S. in Sociology/Criminology from University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, and a Diploma in Teaching from Bethlehem Moravian Teachers’ College in Jamaica. Prior to coming to Westfield State University, Dr. McLeod was the Special Education Coordinator and an Assistant Professor at The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY.  She has taught courses on effective practices in special education to special and general education majors and non-educational majors. Some of these courses focused on topics such as, Diagnosis and Assessment, Response to Intervention, Universal Design for Learning, Differentiated Instruction, IEP Development, Inclusive Models of Teaching, and School-Based and Family Partnerships. Her research areas of interests are issues surrounding immigrant families, school-based and family partnership, disproportionality, multicultural education, and equities within the education system. Dr. McLeod is native of Jamaica. Outside of academia, she loves traveling and exploring different cultures and foods. In addition to traveling, Dr. McLeod enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, decorating, and attending both pro and college sports events.