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Special Education Writer and Mentor Teacher Joins Teachers.Net Gazette

San Diego, CA, April 09, 2008 --( Special educator Susan Rismiller has signed on to contribute regularly to the Teachers.Net Gazette webzine, writing on topics related to special education, teaching and mentoring.

In her April article Rismiller examines the anguish on both sides - teacher and student -when little Jack takes the firm position: "I Won't Learn What You Teach!"

In the article, Rismiller observes, "For many of our students, school becomes a succession of damaging power struggles, so it is up to us - their teachers - to boldly step out of that pattern."

A 1980 graduate of James Madison University, Susan completed her master's degree in 2001 through George Mason University’s Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET), and was awarded its Program Award for Outstanding Achievement and Academic Excellence.

Rismiller has mentored 14 new and preservice teachers, some in conjunction with Fairfax County, Virginia’s Great Beginnings Teacher Induction Program, as well as George Mason University’s unique year long internship program.

Other recent Teachers.Net Gazette articles by Susan Rismiller:

Mentoring Pre-service Teachers - A Collaborative Approach to Improving the Practice of Teaching

Fighting "February Slump"

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