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Katelyn Hadder 

College of Education, Undergrad

Assistant Professor


Katelyn was born in Memphis, TN and has lived in Tampa, FL, Virginia Beach, VA, and Knoxville, TN before residing here in Nashville. She attended the University of Tennessee where she received a BS in Special Education: Educational Interpreting. Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee, Katelyn moved to Nashville as a member of the 2016 Teach For America Nashville corps. During her time in the corps, she worked in an elementary charter school and in a Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) middle school as a special education teacher. After her time in the corps, Katelyn remained a middle school special education teacher with MNPS for five years, specializing as an inclusive services provider, early reading interventionist, and behavior interventionist. During her time in MNPS, Katelyn served as a Crisis Prevention Interventionist, head volleyball coach, student council advisor, and head of the New Teacher Mentorship program. Katelyn transitioned from MNPS to Lipscomb University in 2021. As a faculty member at Lipscomb, Katelyn splits her time between the department of general education and special education, training future general education and special education teachers.

Katelyn has a master’s degree in Special Education and a Doctorate in Education in Learning Organizations and Strategic Change from Lipscomb University. In addition to teaching, she is currently working to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst through Lipscomb’s Applied Behavior Analysis program. Outside of Lipscomb, Katelyn enjoys working with Inspiring Teachers in Africa, an organization that promotes sustainability in the classroom through mentorship and limited resources teacher training. When she isn’t teaching, Katelyn enjoys coaching volleyball, traveling, being by the water, and serving her educational community through various tutoring and outreach programs.

Academic Degrees

BS in Education - Major: Special Education - Concentration: Educational Interpreting, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Masters in Special Education, Lipscomb University

Doctor of Education, Lipscomb University

Academic Department

College of Education