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Staff

Lexie Burch

Residential Coordinator

Dr. Halle King

Data Specialist

Rachelle Mills

Program Manager for Job Development

Misty Vetter Parsley

Misty Vetter Parsley

Faculty Advisor

Parsley has bachelors and masters degrees in Speech Language Pathology and a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration. She has dedicated her career to students with disabilities, previously serving as an autism consultant and special education coordinator in public schools. She also worked for 4 years in the Vanderbilt TRIAD program providing state-wide consultation to schools and providing support to families and students with autism through social skills programs and home consultations. She has presented both locally and nationally on autism and postsecondary topics. Misty is an assistant professor and the Director of Special Education Programs at Lipscomb University where she teaches in the graduate and undergraduate special education programs. Misty’s passion is including people with disabilities in all aspects of the community and ensuring that they have the same opportunities to participate as do all other individuals. She started the IDEAL program, Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb, in January 2014.

Andrea Pewitt

Andrea Pewitt

Program Director

Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1999, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Special Education in 2005 and completed her Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision in 2015 from Austin Peay State University. She is a current doctoral candidate with an anticipated completion date of 2018. Andrea has taught children of all ability levels for 12 years, receiving multiple honors and awards before accepting a position at the district office as the Supervisor of Special Education in which she served 6 years. She has presented to teachers and administrators of all grade levels in the K-12 arena, specifically about teaching children with disabilities. Andrea has a strong belief that all students can learn when given the right environment.

Sarah Roe-Hall

Community Specialist

Laura Roberts

Laura Roberts

Assistant Program Director

Laura graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelors of Science in Education and holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Bethel University. She served in public education for 6 years as a high school math teacher, softball coach, 504 and S-Team coordinator, and a Common Core Coach for the Tennessee Department of Education. In her current role as the Assistant Program Director with Lipscomb’s IDEAL program, Laura provides curriculum support and plans IDEAL classes, maintains contact of and support of Lipscomb faculty, and oversees class selections. Laura’s career goal is to continue extending her experience and education to serve in a variety of capacities and roles in the field of Education.

Brooke Wright

Brooke Wright

Program Manager

Brooke Wright graduated with her Master’s in Education for Special Education of Severe Disabilities from Vanderbilt University in 2018. Pursuing her love of working with adults with disabilities, she joined the staff of Lipscomb University’s IDEAL program. Wright teaches Employment Skills classes and organizes student internships. These experiences help students gain the knowledge and practice they need to obtain and maintain independent, meaningful employment following graduation. She has been working in the IDEAL program since June 2018.