Amelie Drake Smucker ’10 & 11

Field Placement Coordinator & Adjunct Instructor of Education

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Amelie Smucker

B.A. and M.A.T. in Elementary Education from Sweet Briar College, 2010 & 2011

Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Policy, Planning, & Leadership at William & Mary

Amelie is a National Board Certified Teacher for Exceptional Needs. Prior to becoming faculty in the teacher education program, she served as an elementary special education teacher. In Sweet Briar’s teacher education program, she teaches courses, coordinates students’ clinical field experiences, and supervises student teachers. Both as a PreK-12 teacher and as teacher education faculty, Amelie’s work focuses on closing the gaps between general and special education students and systems. 

Courses Taught

EDUC 104 Preparation for Virginia Licensure Tests

EDUC 211 Learners with Exceptionalities

EDUC 313 Specialized Instruction for Diverse Learners

EDUC 322 Assessment and Decision Making in Special Education

EDUC 446 Teaching Internship in the Elementary Classroom

EDUC 677 Teaching Internship


Professional Credentials

Virginia Postgraduate Professional License

  • Special Education General Curriculum K-12
  • Elementary Education PreK-6 Endorsements

National Board Certification: Exceptional Needs Specialist

Wilson Dyslexia Practitioner, Wilson Reading System Level 1 Certification


Message from Amelie

At Sweet Briar, I currently specialize in coursework for the special education endorsement and coaching student teachers in their PreK-12 classroom field placements. Across all teacher education courses, I make connections with local teachers and administrators to provide our students with quality clinical field experiences, as well as support students and their PreK-12 cooperating teachers throughout those experiences.

My research focuses on inclusive practices and structures that meet the needs of students with and without disabilities related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, including teacher preparation, teacher collaboration, student placements/service locations, differentiated instruction, classroom assessment, and program evaluation.

I came to higher education from PreK-12 public education where I taught both self-contained and inclusion special education at the elementary level for eight years. In that role, I specialized in helping students, collaborative teams, and schools transition from self-contained to inclusion service models. During the first half of my career, I mostly served students with Autism and maladaptive  behaviors, and I later transitioned to students with learning disabilities, becoming a Wilson Reading teacher in addition to my other roles. 

As an alumna of and faculty and field placement coordinator within our teacher education program, I am immensely proud of our teacher candidates and the work they do to prepare for their own classrooms and shaping the lives of young people across our nation. 

For more information, please visit my personal website.