We warmly welcome all teachers, specialist, parents, plus both the local and greater community. As SENIA-Beijing continues, I cannot help but extend great thanks to previous board members for all they have done and accomplished in making SENIA-Beijing what it is continues to be today allowing us to keep our mission and vision.
Mission: The Special Education Network Inclusion Association (SENIA) is an association of educators, professionals, and parents whose mission is to advocate for and provide resources/supports for differently abled individuals.
Vision: To live in an inclusive world where every individual is supported, resources are accessible, potential is maximized, and action is inspired.
I would like to introduce you to the 2023 – 2024 SENIA-Beijing board with their positions:
- Janice Bareng-Pineda, Event Chair
- Dominique Blue, Membership Chair
- Stephenie Lee, Marketing Chair
- Suzanne Robare, Secretary
- Juliane Karlsson, Media Chair
- James Rupasinha, External Expertise Chair
- Stacy Lee, School Representative Coordinator
- Noel Roberts, Scholarship Chair
- Gerald Anthony, Chairman
Dr. Gerald Anthony
Chairman, On Behalf of the SENIA-Beijing Board
Dr. Gerald W. Anthony
Dr. Gerald W. Anthony has been in China since 2002, working as an educator and counselor. He has a doctorate degree in counseling, K-12 educational leadership certification, and a wide range of experiences in the areas of CBT, autism, and language.
Gerald brings over 18-years of education and leadership experience to the SENIA-Beijing board. Currently he serves as Chair of SENIA-Beijing and in the past served as the Co-Chair of Membership and Local Liaison for SENIA-Beijing.
Suzanne Robare has been serving the educational community of Beijing since 1992 in various capacities, including local and international schools, in television, and in publishing. She holds two Master’s degrees in Education (Special Ed/EAL and Teacher Training) with post graduate studies in linguistics, Reading Recovery, and Educational Leadership. Her doctoral studies as an Educational Psychologist were derailed by COVID but she will be continuing to work towards a PhD with a focus on Reading and Literacy.
Dominique serves as a middle school Learning Support Teacher at the International School Beijing. She has served students in roles as Special Education teacher, Middle School Math & Science Teacher, Middle School Dean, and Learning Support Coordinator in the USA, Nigeria, and China. She serves as a NEASC accreditation visitor and is completing her tenure as an Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC) Advisory Council member. She is a proponent of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) and bringing much-needed awareness to the importance of creating a positive disability identity rooted in Disability culture.
Dominique holds a B.A. in Africana Studies, an M.Ed. and licensure in Special Education, an M.SE and licensure in Educational Diagnostics, and is completing a Special Education Director licensure. She enjoys learning new knowledge and skills to support and advocate for members of the Disabled community. As the parent of a Disabled youth, her work is personal.
Juliane Karlsson has worked over 20 years in education. Her passion for developing better strategies to promote inclusive environments crosses both public and private spaces. She has a degree in education and masters in socio-psychology.
As a teacher, she collaborated in the creation of public policies for schools, courses for child counsellors across the Amazon, and also acts as special needs professional. Her book narrates the children perspective of participation at school. Nowadays, she is the media coordinator of the SENIA-Beijing and is the editor of its newsletter.
SENIA Beijing External Expertise Directory
Various Assessment Resources in English and Chinese
Spectrum’s Guide to Autism
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