Robert P. Trussell is a new instructor of special education at
William Woods University.
Trussell, of Marshall, Mo., finished his B.S. in psychology at Frostburg State University and completed his M.A. in education at the University of Texas-El Paso in the Department of Educational Psychology and Special Services. He plans to complete his doctorate in special education of behavior disorders next May at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
He has a teaching certificate in special education and is a certified school psychological examiner in Missouri.
Most recently, Trussell was a clinical research associate for the Department of Special Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a behavior consultant for Columbia Public Schools. Previously, he was a behavior consultant for the school district in Skowhegan, Maine, and a special education teacher in El Paso, Texas.
Trussell was also an educator for children that worked and/or lived on the streets through Instituto Nacional del Nino y la Familia for the U.S. Peace Corps in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In addition, he has been an assistant director for Carpenter’s Shelter in Alexandria, Va., and a psychiatric assistant at the Springwood Psychiatric Institute in Leesburg, Va.
He is a District-Wide Special Education Cabinet Member for Columbia Public Schools and a member of the State Advisory Committee on Positive Behavior Support for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
He has received various awards, including the Sally Mae First Year Teacher of the Year Award at Escontrias Elementary School. He also was a Peace Corps Fellow Associate.