Mae Sakharov

Mae Sakharov
photo of Mae Sakharov
  • Part-Time Faculty,
  • Academic Credentials: Ed D, Special Ed/Clinical Psychology, MEd, Learning Disabilities, MA, Early Childhood/Special Education, Columbia Teachers College; BA, Children's Literature
  • Office: 209
    Phone: (267) 930-8156
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Dr. Mae Sakharov received a Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) in reading and children's literature from San Francisco State University. At Columbia University Teachers College, she received a master of arts in early childhood special education, a master of education in learning disabilities, and a doctorate of curriculum and teaching (with highest honors.) Upon completing her doctorate Dr. Sakharov worked in the admissions office at Columbia University.

Dr. Sakharov was the founder of MLS (Mulit/Learning Services), a learning center in Brooklyn, New York. MLS serviced over 300 clients per week. She has taught special education, psychology, and has trained teachers on the college level.

Her achievements have been featured on ABC's 20/20, Dateline NBC, and CNN. She appeared on WOR's Community Affairs, Metropolitan Sports Network and PBS. Articles written by her and about her work have been published in professional journals, newspapers, and books. In a letter from the New Jersey State Commissioner of Education, written on behalf of former Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Dr. Sakharov was described as a dedicated educator and advocate for children. In 1995, Dr. Sakharov was selected as one of the first Americans to teach English to Vietnamese students. She spent six months at an orphanage in Viet Nam

Dr. Sakharov is the author of the "Parenting Pearls" column in the Lambertville-New Hope Beacon, a publication in the Princeton Packet Group. She has affiliations with the International Dyslexia Association, The Learning Disabilities Association of America and Bucks County Community College.

Shared Resources

My own dream of becoming a special educator began in a most unlikely place on the Bremen, an ocean liner headed for Germany. At that stage in life I was thinking about starting college and changing careers from that of being an actress.

My companion and I were seated in the dining room with a family of three: a couple and their twenty-six-year-old daughter, a woman with Down syndrome. Her parents were amazing individuals who accepted the unique qualities of their daughter and respected her as the young adult she was.

They had just given her a large German shepherd dog for which she was completely responsible. Seeing her parents' patience as they taught her how to train the dog made a strong impression on me. I realized that with the right kind of teaching, every individual could succeed: it wasn't a question of individual potential but of fulfilling it. That realization gave me the direction I sought and from then on it was mere logistics.

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Courses taught Introduction to Exceptionalities Ed 160 Foundations of Education Ed. 100 Education 105 Education 170 Education 120 Integration of Knowledge

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