Faith Cousens



While teaching part-time at Marist since 2004, I have enjoyed challenging my students to think critically, while understanding different points of view. As a past teacher of Special Education, I help my Marist students view ones’ abilities as a means to accommodate their full potential, and not to dwell on their disabilities. For several years before I taught for Marist, I enjoyed having student teachers in my self-contained classroom, where they could experience the thrill of helping a child with special needs to reach their goals.

It was this thrill when the Education Department Chairperson, Jim Dodd, asked me to teach here at Marist. I gladly accepted and the journey began.

I have since retired from Public School and hence, have more time to concentrate on my students at Marist.  Opening students’ minds and thinking about new ways to accommodate exceptional children, is one of my main objectives here at Marist. With each new year comes new semesters with new ways to teach.



AB Psychology, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Elementary Certification N-6, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
MS in Special Education, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Permanent Certification N-6 and Special Education, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY

Honorary Acknowledgments

1999-2000 Teacher of the Year
1999-2000 Christa McAuliffe fellow from State Education of New York

Contact Information





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