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 »

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.