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Dr. Dorothy Hively
Dr. Dot Hively is the Director of Disability Support Services for Shepherd University and associate professor of special education in the Department of Education. Dr. Hively earned her doctorate in cross-categorical special education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Hively served New York City Public Schools as a high school teacher, elementary and middle school principal, director of special education, and assistant to the superintendent. She also served in leadership roles for East Hampton Public Schools in New York and Englewood, New Jersey. Dr. Hively was an adjunct faculty member at the City University of New York, Baruch College. Her research interests are post-secondary transition of students with disabilities and inclusion strategies.

 

  
  

Dr. Belinda B. Mitchell
Dr. Belinda B. Mitchell is assistant professor of education in the Department of Education at Shepherd University. Dr. Mitchell received her doctorate degree in special education from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Mitchell is a certified Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) professional developer. Prior to coming to Shepherd, Dr. Mitchell was an adjunct faculty member at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas; graduate teaching assistant at University of Kansas; special education teacher at Central Academy Middle School, Fincastle, Virginia. Her research interests are response to intervention (RTI), the role of the special educator and learning strategies for students with a learning disability.

  
  

Dr. Laura J. Porter
Laura Porter is an Assistant Professor at Shepherd University in the Early Education Program. She coordinates coursework and field experiences for students interested in becoming certified to teach preschool and kindergarten-aged students. Prior to coming to Shepherd University, Dr. Porter spent 30 years in public schools where she held a variety of positions. She taught preschoolers with special needs for several years. She enjoyed acquiring an understanding of each of the students, supporting their learning in the classroom, and working with their families. One of her particular interests was assisting families when transitioning their child from preschool to school-aged programs.

 

  
  

Bonnie L. Zampino
Bonnie is the ABA Practice Manager for Grafton Integrated Health Network and the founder and President of A Special Space, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Harpers Ferry, WV. When she became the mother of a child with autism, she began to experience the special challenges that parents with special needs children face at home and at work. She founded A Special Space to help children with developmental disabilities and their families. As Bonnie began to work within the community, she was asked to educate the public about autism. She developed a ground-breaking, experiential learning module called Experience Autism. Participants, which have included students at Shepherd University, autism specialists, Virginia and West Virginia teachers, students, church group and HR Professionals, engage in activities that mirror the sensory and communication challenges of those with autism. Bonnie's philosophy is that through personalizing the experience, true understanding occurs. True understanding promotes true inclusion. Bonnie is a guest writer for Autism NOW and has been published in Parenting Magazine's expose, I am 1 in 50. She was also interviewed and quoted in Scholastic's Parent and Child Magazine article, 5 facts about autism all parents need to know. Bonnie is currently studying Psychology/ABA and received her SPHR certification in 2000. Bonnie lives in Harpers Ferry, WV with her son, Brendan.

 

 


 

                       

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