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Brenda Showalter

showalbe@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Education:

  • BA in Psychology
  • Masters in Special Education K-12
  • Ph.D pending in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Program Involvement:

  • I teach in the K-12 programs, both undergraduate and graduate courses.  I developed and teach our courses in autism spectrum disorders.

Professional Experience and Interests:

  • While teaching in public schools I taught children who were self-contained, received resource support and those in the collaborative classrooms.  Their disability areas varied, but I spent most of my time working with children with very complex challenges.  I have taugh elementary, middle school and high school, and post high students.  My experiences collaborating with other teachers were simply grand!  I have also worked for the Virginia Department of Education doing consulting in and training of special education.

Current Research:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

One Piece of Advice for Future/New Teachers:

  • Laugh as much as possible and enjoy your students!

Resources that you would Recommend:

  • Your fellow teachers and colleagues.  Don't stay behind a closed door, get out, and ask for help and suggestions.  Also offer them up when you have the opportunity.