Executive Director, NRCP
For the last nineteen years, Marilyn Likins has served as the Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Paraeducators in Education and Related Services (NRCP) at Utah State University, Logan, UT. As a research associate professor, Dr. Likins also directed the Mild/Moderate Alternative Teacher Preparation Program (ATP), Department of Special Education and Related Services at Utah State University (2001-2017).
Marilyn began working in the field of education, as a teacher’s aide, designing curriculum and working with young adults with moderate/severe disabilities. After three years, she took a job as a behavior specialist at Children’s Behavior Therapy Unit (CBTU) in Salt Lake City to teach children with severe emotional/behavioral needs. Following graduate school, Dr. Likins research efforts concentrated primarily on paraeducator and teacher preparation. Through several, state staff development initiatives, Dr. Likins work has focused on building state infrastructures for paraeducators. This effort has centered primarily in the areas of state law and federal policy, and training for paraeducators, teachers, parents and administrators at a district/state, national and international level.
Recently she has concentrated on paraeducator and intervener career pathways and building partnerships between districts, community colleges and universities to produce viable, pathways to licensing programs. Dr. Likins has authored several book chapters and articles and designed curriculum and video-based instructional materials.