With a background in pediatric school psychology, Dr. Albee Mendoza teaches college courses related to cultural diversity and disability awareness. In the course, The Psychology of Human Development, students are required to complete the assignment, “Experiencing Childbirth and Parenthood”, after hearing talks from various guest speakers. In one section of the course, Amy Strickland from Wesley College’s Department of Kinesiology was invited to share about her pregnancy and delivery experience during COVID-19. She came to speak on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm.
In another section of the course, Christine McDermott from Wesley College’s Office of Academic Affairs answered questions such as, “What cultural influences were present during your pregnancy experience?”, “How did you manage being a new mother in the post-partum stage?”, and “What advice do you have about being a parent and planning for a family?”. She discussed being pregnant and giving birth while being a Wesley College alumnus and employee. She came to speak on Monday, March 22, 2021 from 11:00 am to 11:50 am.
In the course, Educational Psychology, two sets of guest speakers were invited. Students were required to complete the assignment, “Supporting Students with Disabilities”, after hearing from the guest speakers. Guests centered their presentations on concepts such as accommodations in and out of the classroom, individualized education programs, and inclusion opportunities. These are only some of the factors that impact effective teaching and effective learning. Danielle Archambault and Mariah Payne from Wesley College’s Department of Student Success and Retention discussed supporting college-aged students with disabilities on Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm.
While students enjoyed hearing from guests on campus, they also had the opportunity to hear from speakers in the local community. Paula Coleman and Steven Bilbrough are special education teachers in the John S. Charlton School (now CR Countywide Programs) Roads to Success Program. They answered questions focused on prompting, reinforcing, teaching, and supporting college-aged students with moderate to severe disabilities on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm.