Alumni Stories

Special Education Teacher Wants to Research Students with Learning Disabilities and High IQ

“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 »

Multiple Field Experiences in Speech Pathology in Metro Atlanta Boosted Confidence

Initially, I majored in psychology because I wanted a career in the helping professions. While I enjoyed the classes, I wasn’t sure I wanted to stay in that field, so I spoke to my academic adviser and she suggested a degree in speech-language pathology could be a lucrative career route I could pursue.

Former Web Designer Finds Her Sweet Spot in Instructional Design

After graduating with a bachelor’s in Computer Science, I started a website and graphic design firm. I worked on ecommerce sites, flyers, promotional materials and event websites for about five years before deciding to pursue a master’s degree.

First-Generation College Graduate Finds Passion as Special Education Teacher

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.

Teacher Preparation Program Prepared Special Education Teacher to Excel

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.