Title: Special Education Teacher (Retired)
Location: Paris, Illinois, United States
Susan Jane Essinger, Retired Special Education Teacher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.
An early childhood special education teacher, Dr. Essinger was a staple in Paris School District 95 for more than three decades. She joined the institution in 1974, and quickly realized she had found a home there. Dr. Essinger loved working with students and watching them progress; her goal was always to help others achieve their full potential. She was even responsible for starting the preschool education program in the district. Her passion and dedication earned her a nomination for the Teacher Golden Apple Award from WTHI-10 in 1991.
Dr. Essinger first became interested in the special education in her junior year of high school, when she helped out at a summer camp for children with mental disabilities. She liked it so much that she returned during her senior year of high school, and ultimately decided to make it her career. Dr. Essinger proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Science in education from Eastern Illinois University in 1973 and certificates in learning disabilities and elementary education. To further her professional standing, she obtained a Master of Science in education from Indiana State University in 1981 and a PhD in psychology at Capella University in 2008. She also completed postgraduate coursework at Indiana State University and joined prominent organizations like the American Psychological Association, the National Education Association, the Illinois Education Association, and the Association for the Education of Young Children. Additionally, she garnered hands-on experience as an elementary teacher in the Havana School District in Illinois and as a psychology resident at the Frey Psychology Center Inc.
After officially retiring in 2008, Dr. Essinger now spends her time making dolls, gardening, and collecting coins and stamps. She also rescues dogs.
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