Let me introduce myself and tell you a little bit about my teaching background. My name is Suzanne Bell. I have 15+ years of experience working in the special education field. I received a four-year degree from The University of Maine at Farmington, majoring in Early Childhood Special Education. I taught for a year in a local elementary school (K-3 special education program) working with a child with Autism, as 1:1 support in the classroom. I then went to work for a year and a half for an early childhood agency working with children birth-age 5 diagnosed with autism. I was the case manager for many of the families I worked with, helping the families work with their children through many stages of child development. After that, I worked as a special education teacher at an elementary school in Bangor, Maine for five years. I worked with children with autism, using a teaching method called, Applied Behavior Analysis; Discrete Trial Instruction. During that time I also went to school evenings to earn my Master’s in Special Education/Severe Disabilities from the University of Maine at Orono.
My daughter and I moved to North Carolina in the summer of 2004. I took a teaching position in the Wake County School System, and taught in this position for nine years, setting up and running my classroom using the TEACCH method through UNC Chapel Hill. During my time teaching in North Carolina, I furthered my career and achieved National Board Certification.
My daughter and I moved back to Maine in the summer of 2013 to be closer to our family. Since that time I have worked as an IEP Administrator at Child Development Services in Ellsworth. During this time, my job included committing funds for special education services, writing IEPs and written notices, and get services started for preschool children with special needs.
I am now teaching here at Ellsworth Elementary Middle School as the special education teacher for the Sun Room (4-8). I am excited about this new position, and being able to get back in the classroom again.
My daughter, Grace, attends EEMS and is in 7th grade currently.