November 12, 2018  

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DuBard School Staffer Receives Award from International Organization

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Missy Schraeder (center), accompanied by DuBard School director Dr. Maureen K. Martin (right), accepts the IMSLEC Innovator Award as an Outstanding Educator in a College or University from IMSLEC president Dr. Mary L. Farrell (left) of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. (Submitted photo)

Missy Schraeder, speech language pathologist with the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received an Innovator Award as an Outstanding Educator in a College or University from the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

Schraeder was recognized because of her many accomplishments in the field of multisensory structured language education, including her dedication to training future educators. She currently serves as the professional development coordinator at the DuBard School, and is a speech-language pathologist, certified academic language therapist and qualified instructor.

As the professional development coordinator, Schraeder is responsible for educating and training professionals from the undergraduate level to highly skilled working professionals. She consistently receives high ratings from students who highlight her passion for instruction and quality of information.

But Schraeder’s responsibilities extend beyond the classroom. At DuBard School, she is also responsible for course and workshop development, supervision of graduate students, supervision of practicum students, and visiting other schools across the country offering consultative support and supervision.

“I know that the DuBard Association Method® is one that can literally change the lives of individuals with language disorders, including dyslexia,” said Schraeder. “By empowering others with the skillset to use this method in their educational setting, we’re reaching individuals across the nation, not just here in Hattiesburg, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

In addition to this recognition, Schraeder was also elected to the board of directors for the Mississippi branch of the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA), a national certifying organization for academic language therapists. As a leader within this organization, she will work to promote multisensory learning, provide professional camaraderie, share therapy strategies and techniques and act as a resource for the education of the community.

The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council is a private non-profit organization that accredits multisensory structured language education training courses for educators, teachers and academic therapists. The award was presented on November 11 during the IMSLEC annual meeting in San Diego.