Dr. Kara Bratton is the special education director for Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM) and adjunct professor for Concordia University Irvine. LSEM is an international ministry that serves schools, churches, and families to advance the success of children with learning needs. As the special education director, Kara helps supervise LSEM’s 100+ special education teachers and programs in Christian schools around the world and provides professional development and consultative support for schools and teachers assisting students with learning needs. Kara also teaches doctoral classes and serves on dissertation committees at Concordia University Irvine. She also is co-authoring a Christian curriculum for teenagers on strength-based mental health. A graduate of Valparaiso University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Kara also has earned graduate degrees in Special Education from Indiana Wesleyan University, Gifted and Talented education from Ball State University, and a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan in Curriculum and instruction. Kara also has her PhD in Special Education Leadership from Concordia University Chicago.