Mathis receives alumni award from FMU Psychology Department
FLORENCE--- Connie Parker Mathis, psychologist for Horry County Schools, has been honored by the Francis Marion University Department of Psychology with an outstanding alumni award.
Mathis received the Professional Psychology Award for 2008-09 at a reception held recently on the FMU campus.
She earned a bachelor of science in psychology, graduated with a master’s of education degree in learning disabilities and a master’s degree in school psychology, all from FMU. Mathis also earned the Ed.D. in educational administration from South Carolina State University.
The early identification of learning and behavioral needs, provision of services and the building of legally defensible programs that meet state and federal guidelines as well as the needs of the child are her primary areas of focus.
Mathis has worked collaboratively with parents and professionals to develop educational programs for students with disabilities that ensure a free appropriate education is provided to each student as required by federal and state regulations. She has worked as a general education teacher, a special education teacher in self-contained and resource model classrooms, a school psychologist, an administrator for programs for students with autism and moderate to severe disabilities, and as a district level administrator, supervising all programs and services for students with disabilities. In addition, Mathis has worked directly with students with autism, their families and private providers, including health care providers and educational support staff.
For her work with autistic students, in 2005 Mathis was chosen to receive the Bravo Award by the South Carolina Autism Society Parent-School Partnership. She earned this award for her love and dedication in helping students with autism unlock their potential.