Layne VanDerpluym is looking forward to working with UDA staff and students as an Education Specialist. She was born and raised in Schaumburg, Illinois, and relocated to San Diego this summer with her husband and their dog, Moxie. Prior to UDA, Layne was a Special Services teacher in an elementary school. She earned her teaching degree from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. When she is not at UDA, Layne enjoys spending time with family, taking her pup to the dog beach, and cooking. She is very excited to get to know the UDA families and students!