Dr. Aftynne Cheek

Ph.D. - University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Greensboro, NC

M.S. - North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University; Greensboro, NC

B.A. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Aftynne E. Cheek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading Education and Special Education at Appalachian State University. She teaches introductory and methods courses in special education at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Dr. Cheek has taught undergraduate courses that highlight intellectual and developmental disabilities, introduction to special education, curriculum design, and individualized assessment. She has also taught graduate courses in assessment, instruction, and advanced studies of students with severe disabilities. Before her academic career, Dr. Cheek taught in the North Carolina public school system, where she educated students who were diagnosed with moderate and severe intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, multiple disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, and emotional and behavioral disorders. Dr. Cheek has served in several leadership roles at the national, state, and local level in various organizations in her field, including the Teacher Education Division for the Council for Exceptional Children (TED-CEC) and the North Carolina Division for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (NC-DADD). Her research involves teacher preparation, eCoaching, and literacy/comprehension instruction for students with severe intellectual disabilities. 

Title: Assistant Professor of Special Education, Special Education Undergraduate Director
Department: Department of Reading Education and Special Education

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7833

Office address
326E College of Education
Boone, NC 28608-2037


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