Meet Dr. Abby Ampuja

Teaching the Whole Child

I believe that learning does not occur in a vacuum. In order for students to have a meaningful and lasting educational experience, we need to consider all of their needs—including their motivation, self-regulation, and social-emotional needs. I am dedicated to helping students reach their maximum potential. I use a variety of approaches to help learners gain confidence, skills, and independence. I believe that every student should be able to view him or herself as a truly empowered learner.

About Dr. Ampuja:
Dr. Abby has been a teacher since 2001. She has both special education and elementary education certification and has worked in a variety of public and private school settings in North Carolina. Abby received her PhD in Special Education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) and homeschool practices for students with unique learning needs. Abby is a certified Community Resiliency Model (CRM) teacher and is passionate about sharing resiliency-informed practice both with individuals and groups in her community.

Academic Credentials:

Ph.D., Applied Developmental Science and Special Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2020)

M.Ed., Special Education: Learning Disabilities, North Carolina State University (2006)

B.A., Psychology and Education, Mount Holyoke College (2001)