Jade Viator is the Academic Coordinator for the UL LIFE Program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She graduated from the University of Louisiana Master of Arts in Teaching Program in special education and is pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership with a concentration on exceptional learning. Jade currently serves as a board member for the Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children. As the Academic Coordinator for the UL LIFE Program, Jade teaches functional academic courses, oversees the curriculum for the program, and works with university students serving as mentors. While working with the program, she continues to gain a passion for educating students with intellectual disabilities and enhancing the opportunities that are provided.