Contact Information

Academic School

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Office

Dyson 388K

Email

Amity.Currie@marist.edu

Phone

(845) 575-3000 ext. 2821

Amity E. Currie

Professional Lecturer of Education, Assessment Coordinator

Bio

After a dozen years as a classroom teacher (everything from third grade through high school math), I went back to get a degree in school psychology. Both of my children had been diagnosed with developmental disorders, and I found myself fascinated with special education, and with helping general education teachers work effectively with all students. I have been at Marist since 1999, and love teaching teachers.

My goal is to help teachers and parents find ways of helping children reach their "full stature." To do this, I teach problem-solving skills, effective use of data, integration of technology, and advocacy skills. I am a proponent of "solution-focused" thinking, which encourages hopefulness and the study of exceptions in looking for solutions. I love using technology, and can often be found trying to solve people's computer-related problems (even when they ask me to stop-- you can't get rid of me quite that easily!), or developing databases that few people need or want.


Education

Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Psychology, Capella University
M.A. in School Psychology, Marist College
Courses for certification, SUNY New Paltz
B.A., Williams College

Certifications
New York State Elementary N - 6
New York State School Psychologist


Research Interests / Areas of Focus

Assistive technology, cognitive factors in childhood developmental disabilities, solution-focused interventions, integration of technology, technology education for teachers, portfolios in teacher education, psychological factors in chronic illness