Ted Souppa was born in upstate New York. He earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at New Paltz, in Elementary Education in 1998. That same year, he relocated to Fort Myers, Florida. Ted took a teaching position at Tice Elementary School as a self-contained special education teacher, where he taught out of field. In 2001, he earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Florida Gulf Coast University. While at FGCU, Ted wrote a children’s book as a project, which despite a small printing has brought him comments from across the country.
As a child, Ted struggled with a learning disability. Most of the teachers that worked with him did not understand how he learned and gave up on him. Ted recalls disliking school, which caused him to miss days at a time. He vividly recalls his high school guidance counselor laughing when he said he wanted to go to college, suggesting military service and unskilled labor as more realistic. The irony of becoming a teacher himself is not lost on him; it has shaped his philosophy on teaching itself. Like most teachers, Ted believes that all children can learn, but logically understands that they cannot learn the same way, that one size does not fit all. In the aftermath of NCLB, Ted manages to keep creativity and innovation alive in his classroom. And most importantly, he never tears down the dreams of his students.
Since college, Ted has served as a consulting story editor for RnD Entertainment Studios, where he edited a script that was optioned, by a major film studio. Ted was immersed in filmmaking in summer of 2006, when he worked on a short film as second assistant director and an actor. He recently took the time to teach his third grade class filmmaking skills when they asked to enter a Student Film Festival. Ted is currently working on a children’s novel, hoping to combine his experiences teaching with his love of film and science fiction.
For the last six years, Ted has taught third grade inclusion –still at Tice Elementary School. Ted resides in nearby Cape Coral, Florida. He has two children and a wife, who used to be an Art teacher until the arts were diminished district wide. She now teaches first grade.
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