Norah S. Hooper, Professor of Education, earned a Ph.D. in special education (2001) from George Mason University and an M.Ed. in special education (1978) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received an M.S. in elementary education (1970) from the State University of New York at Cortland and a B.A. in English (1968) from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. She is a knowledgeable source about special education and its legal aspects, individual education programs, managing difficult behavior, collaboration for effective inclusion, and the assessment of and the instruction of students with disabilities. She has written, made presentations, and led workshops about these topics, including contributing an essay to The Classroom Facilitator: Special Issue Questions (2010). In addition, she received the College of Graduate and Professional Studies Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 2006.
Dr. Hooper has extensive experience supervising special education programs in Virginia public schools, having served as the administrator of the special education programs in both Madison County and Culpeper County public schools. She has provided special education training programs for principals, teachers, assistants, and parents. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council of Administrators of Special Education, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.