Cheryl Berry Welch, TIER Research Assistant, earned her B.S. from Mississippi State University in Special Education and her Master from Mississippi University for Women in Early Childhood Education. She has had a multitude of experiences in the classroom as well as a researcher. Ms. Welch has been a teacher, trainer, and educational researcher. She worked at the Bureau of Educational Research and Evaluation at MSU. She also worked on research projects with the Early Childhood Institute at MSU.