Marcelo Schmidt is the Director for Research and Continuous Improvement for US PREP National Center. He also serves as Director of Assessment and Accreditation for the College of Education at Texas Tech University. He has over ten years of experience preparing teachers to become physical educators and coaches. His research interests are focused on topics pertinent to special education and using data for continuous improvement. Marcelo received a Master’s Degree in education from the University of Texas- Pan American (now UT- Rio Grande Valley) and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas Tech University.