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Special Education Program

Educational Foundations & Special Education

Faculty Information

 

Special Education Faculty

Dr. Cathy Galyon

Dr. Cathy Galyon 

Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator,  

Contact:

423-439-7673
316 Warf-Pickel Hall
 

Dr. Cathy Galyon 

Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator 

Vita

Early Childhood Special Education Coordinator

Dr. Galyon is an Associate Professor and teaches early childhood special education courses. She is a former birth-3 interventionist, a preschool teacher for children with special needs, and a K-5th grade teacher of children with comprehensive disabilities.  She earned her B.A. at UT-Knoxville, her M.A. at Tennessee Tech, and her Ed. D. at University of Kentucky.  Prior to coming to ETSU Dr. Galyon was a professor at West Virginia University.  Her research interests are adult online learners, assistive technology for young children with disabilities and autism.

Dr. Pamela Mims

Dr. Pamela Mims

Associate Dean of Research and Grants ,  

Contact:

423-439-7145
204 Warf-Pickel Hall

Dr. Pamela Mims

Associate Dean of Research and Grants  

Vita

Dr. Mims is an Assistant Professor and teaches graduate and undergraduate special education courses focused on severe disabilities. She is a former middle grades teacher of students with severe and profound multiple disabilities and autism.  She earned her B.A. at East Carolina University, her M.A. at Western Carolina, and her PhD at University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Her research interests are strategies for providing access to the general curriculum and for students with significant disabilities and implementation of data based decisions in the classroom. She is currently the Principal Investigator of Access: Language Arts II, a Phase II IES SBIR research grant focused on providing access to aligned English Language Arts standards for students with significant disabilities via an iPad application. Additionally, she is the Principal Investigator for an internal RDC grant, Teacher Support Program, that provides a variety of supports to help teachers of students with disabilities in order to reduce overall stress and burnout.

Dr. Arnold Nyarambi

Dr. Arnold Nyarambi

Coordinator of Residencies, Preclinical & Advanced Practicum Placements

Contact:

423-439-7607
310 Warf-Pickel Hall

Dr. Arnold Nyarambi

Coordinator of ResidenciesPreclinical & Advanced Practicum Placements

Special Education Coordinator of Residencies

Arnold Nyarambi is an Assistant Professor and teaches behavior management and other special education courses. He is a former K-12 teacher, remedial Interventionist and instructional specialist in SPED, and assistant professor at Fairmont State University, WV. He holds a Ph.D in Exceptional Learning: Applied Behavior Analysis from Tennessee Tech University, an M.Ed from Shenandoah University, VA and a B.A Ed., from Africa University. He is a Coordinator of Residencies, Advanced Practicum and Preclinical Experiences. He directs Afro-Caribbean Drumming and Fine Arts for Children with Exceptionalities. He is a recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award from The National Society of Leadership and Success; Oxford University Fellowship Award, England; Patricia Robertson Faculty Diversity Leadership Award, and Clemmer College Faculty Award for Diversity from ETSU. His research interests include comparative special education, behavior management, positive behavior supports, autism, multiculturalism and culturally responsive pedagogy and, the use of arts with children with exceptionalities.

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