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About Us

Meet our team

The SSS-TAC has a dynamic and motivated team with extensive knowledge and experience working in and with schools. Learn more about each of our staff below.

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Halley Eacker, M.S.

Ms. Halley Eacker brings a unique combination of perspectives to her work, including special educator, researcher, and field supervisor for pre-service teachers. Prior to joining the SSS-TAC, she provided technical assistance around the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports to specialists in regional support centers across New York State. Ms. Eacker has expertise in special education, multi-tiered systems, and designing environments that support students’ behavioral and social-emotional health. She has conducted research on social cognition and literacy interventions for students with autism. Ms. Eacker has presented on topics such as positive behavior supports, connecting school-based and community mental health, and instructional environments for students with disabilities. She hopes her contributions will help build positive school climates that ensure students feel safe to learn and grow.

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Sarah Murphy, M.S.Ed.

Sarah Murphy brings to the team a decade of experience in the education field serving as a middle school teacher, professional development facilitator, and continuing education developer. Before joining the SSS-TAC, Ms. Murphy has worked with institutions such as the State University of New York and Pace University to develop remote professional development and continuing education for teachers across the state. Prior to her work in the professional development field, she pursued her Master’s degree in Education, Culture, and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and expertise center around civic identity and development, remote learning, and student-led community building. She looks forward to working with schools across the state to create safe and secure learning communities for teachers and students alike.

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