I love teaching teachers and preservice teachers! The idea that I might have a small impact on teachers’ attitudes toward working with students who have disabilities and their abilities to provide instruction that will maximize their students’ potential is exciting to me. Prior to joining the amazing faculty in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, I taught P-12 students for 13 years in Georgia and then worked at Georgia State University (GSU) for four years while I finished my PhD program. During my years of P-12 classroom instruction, I taught middle school students with moderate to profound mental retardation, special needs preschool, and elementary students with physical disabilities. I left P-12 teaching to work on a grant project based at GSU, the Georgia Bureau for Students with Physical and Health Impairments. In this position, I was able to train teachers across the state to provide appropriate literacy instruction for students with physical disabilities. I then worked as a Clinical Instructor at GSU where I taught an undergraduate introduction to special education course and a graduate level course in assistive technology. I also supervised practicum students in the areas of early childhood special education, mental retardation, and physical disabilities. I really enjoy working with teachers and preservice teachers in classrooms to help them make the connection between knowledge acquired in university coursework and application of effective instructional practices. Additionally, I am the immediate past president of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Physical, Health and Multiple Disabilities. My research interests focus on effective instructional strategies and the use of assistive technology to promote academic, social, or functional skills for students with a wide range of abilities.
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