Kavin Ming is currently an Assistant Professor of Literacy in the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University. She began her career path in 1999 with the School District of Palm Beach County as a special education teacher in a self-contained elementary classroom. After two years of teaching in that position, she was placed in a reading resource role where she worked with third and fourth grade students who were moderately to significantly below grade level in reading. In 2007 she accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Reading in the Ross College of Education at Lynn University and in 2008 began her tenure at Winthrop University. Her higher education career, which allowed her to fulfill her duties as a teacher, started at Edison Community College where she earned an A.A. degree in Business Administration. She went on to Florida State University where she earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. and M.S. in Special Education. Most recently, Dr. Ming earned her Ed.D. in Special Education from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Ming has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy, general and special education, classroom management, and assessment. Her research interests are closely aligned with her teaching and include: improving the educational outcomes of students at risk for reading failure, addressing the higher order literacy skills of students with disabilities, and fostering culturally responsive classrooms and school communities. Her scholarly endeavors have been published in special and general education journals, and she has presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. Dr. Ming believes that once teachers are equipped with the right tools through effective training, they will feel empowered to make a difference in the lives of the students with whom they will come in contact. Therefore, she finds it a rewarding experience to help prepare preservice teachers to go out into the academic world where they will touch lives forever.