Masters Special Education K-12: Buffalo State College
BS Special Education K-12: Buffalo State College
Professor Dunwoodie began her teaching career in 1980 working as a special education teacher for the Frontier Central School District. She also spent several summers working for the Erie1 BOCES Summer Program. During her years at Frontier she worked predominantly with the functional life skills self-contained program, which became a model program for other school districts in the area. She had the opportunity to work closely with a variety of professionals including school administrators, fellow educators, support staff, parents, families, and community members, as well a a rich variety of students of all ages and abilities. Professor Dunwoodie feels strongly that the role of any special education teacher is to work with students to help them develop into happy, healthy, contributing members of their community and who are able to live as independently as possible.
Professor Dunwoodie began her career at Canisius working as an adjunct professor in 2001. She has continued in that role for more than 20 years. She enjoys working with teacher candidates, helping them to appreciate and enjoy students with special needs, in particular students who have functional educational needs. Her goal is to help those candidates understand the potential of the students they work with and to help the candidates realize the positive impact they can have on any student.