School of Education Welcomes Grillo

High Point University professor Kelly Grillo

High Point University professor Kelly GrilloHIGH POINT, N.C., Nov. 13, 2012 – The School of Education at High Point University recently hired Dr. Kelly Grillo as assistant professor of education with a concentration in instructional technology and specialized curriculum.

In her new position at HPU, Grillo is responsible for teaching classes in the School of Education, working directly with HPU scholars and furthering her research in the area of instructional tools and special education instruction for students with disabilities.

Grillo comes to HPU with experience in special education, and specializes in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) inclusion for persons with disabilities.

“It is an exciting time in education and I’m looking forward to opportunities that technology embedded learning and coaching brings,” says Grillo.

In spite of having a learning disability herself, Grillo has defied the odds by receiving numerous notable awards and recognitions, including the most recent 2012 Florida’s Council for Exceptional Children Prestigious Landis M. Stetler Leadership Award, as well as being recognized as a nominee in Washington D.C. at the STEM Champions for Change Awards. Grillo has also earned the University of Central Florida (UCF) University Graduate Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching, the highest honor for teaching fellows at UCF.

“I believe the impossible is possible,” says Grillo. “Having been a very late reader and born to an illiterate mother, my story is one of inspiration and hope for students struggling to learn and prosper in a highly competitive educational system.”

As an advocate for persons with disabilities, Grillo serves on the National State Directors of Special Education Personnel Improvement Center’s board in Washington, D.C. She also currently presides as president elect for Florida’s Council for Exceptional Children.

Grillo received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Rutgers State University, a Master of Arts in exceptional student education from the University of Central Florida, and a Ph.D. in exceptional education from the University of Central Florida.

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