Special Education Teacher (Patsy Wallace)
Ms. Wallace is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and graduated in 2008 from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor's degree. She has one daughter who is an Air Force veteran living in Apple Valley, California and her extended family lives in Columbia. She started her career path with the non-profit Urban League in Columbia and later served as a clerk in the South Carolina House of Representatives where she was promoted to Executive Assistant to the first woman to lead the state as Lieutenant Governor.
Ms. Wallace later worked with corporate lawyers where her career path turned towards teaching. Her first teaching assignment was with a Montessori school where she learned the methods Maria Montessori used to engage students who thought to have disabilities and after a careful study found they needed to make their own creative choices in how they learn with the highly trained teacher offering age-appropriate activities to guide the process. She has worked in several charters and school districts while she learned the art of teaching. She attended Midlands Technical College to complete a course of study in Early Childhood Education and later began a Master’s program in Special Education at the University of Phoenix. She recently received her K-12 Special Education certification through an educator preparation program at Rio Salado College. She brings to Victory Autism Academy a love of children and a desire to prepare them for all that lies ahead. Ms. Wallace is reminded that “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” -- Oliver Windell Holmes.