BS in Travel and Tourism Management, Saint Louis University
MA in Varying Exceptionalities, University of Central Florida
PhD in Exceptional Education, University of Central Florida
Dr. David G. Grant is an assistant professor of special education and has a servant’s heart for students identified with emotional and behavioral disorders. His passion for this population of students is based on his years of experience in teaching students diagnosed with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, specific phobias, ADHD, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Dr. Grant also has extensive experience in teaching students whose maladaptive behavior patterns violate school rules and societal norms.
Dr. Grant believes that the needs of this population exceed the boundaries of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Educational programming must include explicit instruction and interventions that address the students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs. Accordingly, his instructional practices and research agenda include the use of functional behavioral assessments and behavior intervention plans as well as the efficacy of technology-based mentoring for at-risk student populations.
Dr. Grant believes that teachers are the change agents that can make a difference in the lives of at-risk students as well as those identified with emotional and behavioral disorders. A teacher led by the Holy Spirit can empower students to overcome adversity and can inspire hope, resilience, excellence, and achievement.