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Glenda Byrns earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Southwest Texas State University and a doctorate from Texas A&M University. She joined the faculty of the College of Education and Human Development in 2005. Dr. Byrns has served in leadership capacities at the department and college level. As the program coordinator for the Undergraduate Special Education (SPED) Program, Dr. Byrns coordinated a state-mandated degree plan revision that required realignment of courses. When serving as the college’s coordinator for educator preparation, she authored the differential tuition for undergraduate teacher preparation proposal that helped to fund scholarships, travel-abroad programs, and supervision for students in field‐based experiences. Additionally, she facilitated the collection and organization of data for accreditation. Currently, she serves as the Special Education Division Chair and as the associate department head for academic affairs in the Department of Educational Psychology. Dr. Byrns teaches undergraduate- and graduate-level courses in both face-to‐face and online formats. SPED 630, a synchronous distance education course that Dr. Byrns teaches, has received Quality Matters (QM) designation. Additionally, Dr. Byrns has been recognized as a Texas A&M Exemplary Distance Educator. Every semester, she takes undergraduate SPED students to a day‐long internship in a large urban school district where they engage with students and teachers and observe educational supports. To advance the use of technology in classroom settings, Dr. Byrns distributes iPads to students in upper‐level SPED courses. Additionally, she developed iBooks for students’ use in flipped classes. Dr. Byrns received the Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence and was a Howdy Camp namesake.