SOESD / Learning Matters / Newsletter Archive / September 2006 / Agnes Wolfe - Supervisor for Special Education
Agnes Wolfe - New Supervisor for Special Education
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in a small town in Hungary south of the capital of Budapest. I came to the United States at age 22 to attend college.
Did you have university experience in Hungary?
I had a degree in business with a concentration on hotel and travel management. So when I came to the U.S. I had to start all over on my real interest, psychology. In Hungary, the only way to study psychology was through a medical degree and specialize in psychiatry. The length of schooling and the math requirements were too much.
From what American university did you receive your degree?
I attended California State University at Northridge where I started my bachelorís degree. My college experience from Hungary didnít count, but I loved studying psychology. I went on to earn my masterís degree from Cal State Northridge also.
What attracted you to the field of psychology?
I have always been curious about peopleís stories. I am fascinated with how the brain works.
How did you get involved in working with students with disabilities?
It was an accident. I stumbled upon it. I thought I wanted to work in clinical psychology, but at Northridge I was around special education teachers and the work seemed very interesting. It combined my love of people with my interest in psychology. So I got my masterís in school psychology.
What is the most satisfying part of your work?
I need my kid fix. This new administrative position is .7 and I am able to continue working .3 directly with students. I want to make a difference and I feel I can do that with students. It is very satisfying when students come back and say, ďWhen you said ___________ to me, it made me think and I changed my approach.Ē I am always rooting for the underdog.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like playing piano, cooking, entertaining my friends, and gardening. I also love going to the theater and the symphony. I have two Collies and I like to be with them.
How did you arrive at SOESD?
This was my first job after my graduate program. It started part-time and I have really enjoyed working with the people and the students in this area. Last year I was almost exclusively working at Ashland Middle School and it was such an amazing school with talented teachers, supportive administration and amazing students. I will miss that setting, but this is also an exciting new adventure for me.