H. Nicole Myers, Associate Professor of Education, earned a Ph.D. in special education and in counseling and development from George Mason University. She received an MAT in special education from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in psychology from George Mason University. She is licensed to teach special education in Virginia, and she holds Professionally Recognized Special Educator certification from the National Council for Exceptional Children.
Dr. Myers’ professional experience includes extensive work in the disability field in the community and in public school systems. She has worked with students, adults, and athletes with disabilities; has taught special education at both the elementary and secondary level; and has coordinated special needs programs in Maryland.
Dr. Myers has served on community boards where she reviewed grant applications for those with disabilities, coordinated a Special Olympics effort at the county level, and has managed group homes for adults with disabilities. Dr. Myers currently serves as past president of the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children.
Dr. Myers is a knowledgeable source about special education, the personal and social needs of students with disabilities, collaborative teaching, inclusive strategies, transition planning, and counseling students with disabilities. She has written, made presentations, and hosted workshops on these topics. In a recent interview aired on the “With Good Reason” public radio show, Dr. Myers says with proper training, teachers can make significant strides with high-functioning children with autism in the mainstream classroom. In addition, Dr. Myers contributed an essay to The Classroom Facilitator: Special Issue Questions (2010).
She is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Retarded Citizens, the National Council for Exceptional Children, the American School Counselor Association, the Virginia Council for Exceptional Children, and the Virginia Association of Teacher Educators.
Dr. Myers was recently named a Jepson Fellow and was awarded a grant to develop the University of Mary Washington Autism Clinic. She coordinates the Teaching Students with Autism Certificate Program at UMW. For three years, she and her students ran Camp Soaring Eagle, a special needs camp at Quantico, Virginia.