Susan Perry

Susan Perry

Assistant Professor of Education

Office: Trieschmann Studio 3
Phone: (501) 450-1422
E-mail: perry@hendrix.edu
  • Ed.D., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • M.Ed., Loyola College
  • B.S., Oklahoma State University

Educational Background

  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education (emphasis in special education), University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
  • Education Specialist in Reading Specialist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
  • Master of Education in Special Education, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Specialized Training/Honors

  • Non-funded Reading First Coaches Training (current training)
  • Reading First Summer Camp Participant
  • ELF (Effective Literacy Foundations) Grades 2-4 Trainer
  • ELLA (Early Literacy and Language in Arkansas) Grades K-1 Trainer
  • Strategic Instructional Model Teaching Content to All: Effective College Teaching (proposal for attendance accepted by State Dept of Education)
  • Math and Science Crusade (year long training- additional 6 credit hours)
  • Reading Recovery Teacher and Teacher-Leader Certified (year long training- additional 30+ credit hours)
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2004, 2006)

Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Education
    8/04-present Hendrix College Conway, AR
    • Director of Early Childhood Curriculum
    • Teaching:
      • Early Childhood Language Arts/Writing
      • Elementary Language Arts/Writing/Reading
      • Early Childhood Reading
      • Exceptional Children
      • Exceptional Adolescents
      • Educational Psychology
      • Children’s Literature
      • Practicum Literacy Lab School
    • Supervision of student teachers
    • Coordinator of student research in Early Childhood
    • Creator/Coordinator of H.E.L.P. (Hendrix Early Literacy Program) – Lab School at Sallie Cone Elementary in Conway, AR
  • Research Associate
    8/02-7/04 University of Arkansas–LR Little Rock, AR
    • Post-doctoral work: Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Training
    • Supervision of Reading Recovery teachers including teaching and observations
  • Adjunct Instructor
    8/01-5/02 Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, ARR
    • Teaching Language Arts – Early Childhood and Middle School
    • Teaching Exceptional Learners - Secondary
    • Student Observation and evaluation for Language Arts and Exceptional Learners Classes
    • Student teacher observation and evaluation
  • Assistant to Director of Special Programs
    8/01-6/02 Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, AR
    • Researching and proofing proposals
    • Coordinating tracking and retention services
    • Title III Team Member
  • Graduate Assistant
    8/99-8/01 University of Arkansas – LR Little Rock, ARR
    • Completing research projects for professors
    • Proofing of manuscripts for publication
    • Coordinating proposal evaluations
  • Adjunct Instructor
    8/99-5/00 Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, AR
    • Teaching Exceptional Learners – Elementary and Secondary
    • Student teacher observation and evaluation
  • Special Education Resource Teacher
    8/98-6/99 Arkadelphia Public Schools Arkadelphia, AR
    • Fifth and sixth grades at Peake Elementary School
    • Responsibilities similar to those listed below
  • Special Education Resource Teacher
    6/97-7/98 Russellville School District Russellville, AR
    • Instruction and testing of children with mild to severe disabilities (K-4).
    • Behavior management instruction to students, parents and teachers.
    • Principal designee for both Dwight and London Elementary Schools.
    • Implementation of IEP’s in special and regular education.
    • Responsible for supervising a full-time aid for an autistic and hearing-impaired child.
    • Observing children for ADHD, etc.
    • Training staff in the following areas: latest research, special education laws, modification of student work, and behavior management.
    • 504 team member.
  • Alternative Classroom Teacher
    1/96-6/97 Russellville School District Russellville, AR
    • Responsible for planning and teaching regular and special education curriculum, social skills and behavior management program for a K-2 alternative classroom.
    • Responsible for supervising a para-professional.
    • Maintaining IEP’s and following through with documentation.
    • Attending behavior modification workshops.
  • Third Grade Teacher
    8/95-12/95 Anne Arundel Public Schools Annapolis, MD
    • Responsible for planning/teaching a 3rd grade, whole-language classroom.

Grants

  • Murphy Foundation Grant $12,000.00 for implementation of Lab School (2004)
  • Murphy Foundation Grant $17,613.00 for implementation of Lab School (2005)
  • Murphy Foundation Grant $6,250.00 for Children’s Literature Author visit (2005)
  • Odyssey Grant $4,750 for implementation of Lab School (2004)
  • Odyssey Grant $8,500 for implementation of Lab School (2005)

Publications/Presentations

  • Franklin, K. K., Cranston, V., Perry, S.N., Purtle, D.K., and Robertson, B.E.. (2001, November). Conversations with Metropolitan University Freshman About Their First Year Experience. Paper presented at the MSERA Convention, Little Rock, AR
  • Franklin, K., Cranston, V., Perry, S., Purtle, D., and Robertson, R. (2002). Conversations with Metropolitan University First-Year Students. Journal of The First-Year Experience, 14 (2), 57-88.
  • Perry, S. (2002). An Analysis of College Students with AD/HD at a Private and Public Institution in Arkansas using a Grounded Theory Approach. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR
  • Perry, S. and Franklin, K. (2002, November). An Analysis of College Students with AD/HD at a Private and Public Institution in Arkansas using a Grounded Theory Approach. Paper presented at the MSERA Convention, Chattanooga, TN.
  • Perry, S. (2003, July). A Study on College Students with AD/HD attending a Private/Public Institution. Poster session presented at the AHEAD Conference, Dallas, TX.
  • Franklin, K. and Perry, S. (2003, November). Giving Voice to the Vulnerable. Training session presented at MSERA Convention, Biloxi, MS.
  • Perry, S. (2003, November). Is there a Relationship between Reading Recovery and Phonemic Awareness? Paper presented at the MSERA Convention, Biloxi, MS.
  • Perry, S. and Franklin, K. (2003, December). An Analysis of College Students with AD/HD at a Private and Public Institution in Arkansas using a Grounded Theory Approach. National Center for Research on Teacher Learning (ERIC).
  • Perry, S. (2004, March). What were you Thinking? Linking Brain Research with Reading Recovery. Presentation at Arkansas Early Literacy Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • Perry, S. (2004). A Quasi-Experimental Case Study of a Reading Recovery Child’s Orthographic Development and a Reading Recovery Teacher-Leader’s use of Assessment in Instructional Decision Making. Unpublished specialized thesis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR.
  • Perry, S. (2004, October). Planning Phonetic/Orthographic Instruction from Reading and Writing Data. Presentation at the Arkansas Early Literacy Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • Perry, S. (2004, October). A Quasi-Experimental Case Study of a Reading Recovery Child’s Orthographic Development and a Reading Recovery Teacher-Leader’s use of Assessment in Instructional Decision Making. Poster session presented at the Arkansas Early Literacy Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • Johnson, J. and Perry, S. (2004, October). Balanced Literacy or Balancing Act? Poster session presented at the Arkansas Early Literacy Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • Perry, S. (2005, February). A Quasi-Experimental Case Study of a Reading Recovery Child’s Orthographic Development and a Reading Recovery Teacher-Leader’s use of Assessment in Instructional Decision Making Presentation at the National Reading Recovery Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Smith, E. and Perry, S. (2005). Teacher Instruction Utilizing the Reciprocal Nature of Reading and Writing. Poster session presented at National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Lexington, VA.
  • Perry, S. (2005). Focus Group Leader in Bridging the Gap between Special Ed and Balanced Literacy Model. Presented at UALR Summer Institute.
  • Perry, S. (2005, October). The Reading Recovery and Special Education Partnership: Insights form the Field. Presented at the Arkansas Literacy Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • Perry, S. (2005, 2006, October). Partners in Literacy Achievement: Reading Recovery and Special Education. Presented at the Arkansas Early Literacy Conference, Little Rock, AR.
  • McGee, A. and Perry, S. (2006). Understanding Group Dynamics in Literature Discussion Groups in Third Grade. Presented at National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
  • Smith, E. and Perry, S. (2006). What if They Lived? Children’s Reactions to Various Fairy Tales. Presented at National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).
  • Perry, S., and Cook, S. (2006). Guided Reading is Differentiated Instruction. Presented at Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children, Hot Springs, AR.
  • Perry. S., and McGee, A. (2006). Shared Reading with Students who have Special Needs. Presented at Arkansas Council for Exceptional Children, Hot Springs, AR.
  • Perry, S., and Franklin, K. (2006). I’m Not the Gingerbread Man! Exploring the Experiences of College Students Diagnosed with AD/HD. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 19 (1), 92-107.

University/Department Service

  • Coordinator of student workers for department (2004-present)
  • Coordinator of Early Childhood/Elementary Education NCATE material (2004-present)
  • Pericles Committee Member (Appointed by President 2005- permanent member)
  • Perry, S. (2006, September). Paper Reviewer for Reading Recovery Council of North America.
  • Student Life Committee Member (2005)
  • Education Committee (2004-present)

Professional Memberships

  • ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
  • CEC (Council for Exceptional Children)
  • CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • IRA and ARA (International and Arkansas Reading Associations)
  • LDA (Learning Disabilities Association)
  • MSERA (Mid-South Educational Research Association)
  • NAEYC (National Association for Early Childhood)
  • NRC (National Reading Council)
  • RRCNA (Reading Recovery Council of North America)

Additional Training/Service

  • Diamond Award Committee- Arkansas Picture Book Award
  • Tutoring first graders (individually and group)
  • Understanding Individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome or High Functioning Autism in Arkansas (2006)

Certifications

  • 1-6 Elementary Education
  • K-12 Special Education—Mildly Handicapped
  • K-8 Reading Specialist