The Center Welcomes Mary Whirley as the New Program Coordinator for PATHS. Organization: Center on Disability and Development at Texas A&M University (TX UCEDD)

November 30, 2015

Mary is currently a graduate student in the Educational Psychology department at Texas A&M. She graduated with her Bachelor's from the University of North Texas in Spanish Language and Literature.

Prior to her time here at A&M, she worked as a special education teacher for 4 years at a private school in Dallas. The school uniquely serves students, ages 8-22, with intellectual disabilities, and aids their integration into society. Mary taught functional reading skills and vocational skills to students, ages 15-18. While teaching at this school, she also had the opportunity to run a three-week Life Skills Camp during the summer break. This camp served to both teach and practice life skills and vocational skills to students at the school.

Along with being the coordinator, she is developing and instructing the Childcare courses for the program. Her research interests include: human development, transition services, post-secondary access for individuals, and secondary special education.