Dr. Kathy Cary Trela

Associate Professor for Special Education


Dr. Trela is a co-author of several journal articles, book chapters and instructional guides to teach to general curriculum math and science standards to secondary students with significant disabilities. She has 30 years of experience teaching students with multiple disabilities across school settings in New York State and North Carolina. Kathy has also presented at a number of local, national and international conferences on the topic of teaching to general curriculum alternate achievement standards.

Dr. Trela currently serves on the board of Abilities First, Incorporated. She has served on the board of the Arc of Mecklenburg County, where she  worked on local inter-agency transition committees to promote more successful transition to inclusive community participation. Dr. Trela has also served as a leader catechist for adults with developmental disabilities at St Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC to support a more inclusive faith community.

Dr. Trela has affiliations with the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Council of Teachers of Math, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Professional Development Schools, and TASH


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