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Ai Kamei, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Elementary Education, Education

Dr. Ai Kamei joined Lyndon in the fall of 2014. She is no stranger to harsh winters such as those we experience here in northeastern Vermont, having grown up in a small town on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido where low temperatures and heavy snow are commonplace. When Dr. Kamei began her undergraduate studies, she moved from her small hometown in Hokkaido to Osaka, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, where she worked as a special education teacher in a very large urban school. She then moved to North Carolina to pursue her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013.

Dr. Kamei holds Elementary Education, Special Education, and Deaf Education teaching licenses from Japan and her Special Education teaching license from North Carolina. She earned a MS in Special Education from Osaka Kyoiku University in 2006.

Her particular areas of interest include classroom management, social emotional learning, autism spectrum disorders, differentiated instructions, formative assessments, and students and families from diverse backgrounds. Her dissertation work was: “Perceptions and experiences of mothers who have children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Cross cultural studies from the US and Japan.”

Dr. Kamei believes that special education is one of the most interesting, fulfilling, and challenging fields out there. It is not always easy to teach students with diverse academic, social-emotional, and developmental needs, yet it is an absolutely fulfilling job. At Lyndon, she enjoys the opportunity to be hands-on with her students both inside and outside of the classroom. She believes that helping college students transform to become great educators who will influence the lives of thousands of children is her role as university faculty.

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