Tori and Dr. Judith Emerson talk about the deaf education program. The program is a concentration within the special education M.Ed. and M.A.T. programs. Both programs are in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders.
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“Doing quantitative research in the master’s program opened my eyes to legitimate vs. pop science information. I also saw how what I was doing was affecting my students.” —Rachael Mendel, M.Ed. ’12, Special Education
Hometown: Sandy Springs, GA Education: M.Ed. ’12, Special Education (Behavior and Learning Disabilities), Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA B.A.… more »
Originally, I majored in nursing at a technical college, but after enrolling at Georgia State to complete my bachelor’s degree, none of my prerequisite courses were transferable. As I pondered what to do next, I became a substitute teacher and noticed several open positions for special education instructors.
During college I joined the Army and served six years as a personnel specialist. My main objective for going to college was to work in business, make money and travel.
I moved to Atlanta two years before the Olympics were held in the city to attend Emory University. After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I continued at Emory’s law school.
After graduating from college I worked as a counselor for one year at a nonprofit serving youth with emotional and behavioral problems. Although I enjoyed working with the children, the position wasn’t right for me, so I became a paraprofessional and taught high school students who where moderately and intellectually disabled.
When I was younger, I babysat a set of twins. One day, one of the toddlers started screaming and wouldn’t stop.
Professor Peggy Gallagher was awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant for a project focused on special education curriculum development.