Faculty & Staff Spotlight: Michael Snipes

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia College, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of South Carolina. I am also currently pursuing my M.Ed. in Educational Administration at U.S.C. I began my education career at Pine Grove School in Elgin, S.C. as a therapist for individuals with severe disabilities and behavior in 2001. In 2006, I taught for a year at Bayes Achievement Center in Huntsville, TX, but returned to S.C. in 2007 to work as an instructional assistant at Rice Creek Elementary while pursuing my Masters degree. In 2011, I began teaching students with Moderate Disabilities at E.L. Wright. Teaching students with disabilities is my passion because I believe it is one of the few areas of teaching that allow you to see the meaningful impact that your instruction has on a student so quickly. I feel like I accomplish something and make a difference in a student’s life every day, which is a feeling that never gets old. My wife, Kellie, is a school psychologist who serves as a district Autism specialist. We live near Blythewood with our two boys, Everett and August. We also have one dog, Levi, who may be more spoiled than our children. I love camping and sleep under the stars every chance I get. I also enjoy music, especially live music, and make it a point to catch as many shows as I can each year. I listen mostly to jam bands such as the Grateful Dead, Phish, etc., but also bluegrass, classical and old school rap (didn’t see that coming did you?). I recently took up radio controlled airplanes as a hobby with my brother and spend a lot of time on weekends trying not to crash things into the ground.

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