11846597_10103304053856502_3404081244802066547_nMy name is Gabrielle Popp. I am a high school English teacher at a center based special education school for children with severe emotional and behavioral disorders. I work with children from all over Wayne County, Michigan.

In my 10 years as an educator, I have taught preschoolers to university students.  I taught special education resource room at a center for adjudicated boys, English at a university in rural Oaxaca, Mexico, English to preschoolers in Hangzhou, China, middle school resource room, special education in a self-contained classroom for children who are severely multiply impaired, and most recently at my school, Beacon Day Treatment.   I have my Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and English, my Master’s degree in Special Education Administration, and my Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership.

This February, I will be going to New Zealand on a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Grant. In New Zealand, individuals with disabilities have higher rates of employment, lower rates of incarceration (the amount of people in US prisons with a disability, including mental illness, is alarmingly high), more time spent in their local communities, and higher rates of home ownership.  I am looking forward to researching best practices on increasing community engagement opportunities for children and adults with special needs.  This blog is an opportunity to share my insights and thoughts about education, particularly special education, best practices in the United States and aboard.

*Disclaimer: This is a personal website. All views and information presented herein are my own and do not represent the views of the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State.