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Long-time employee to serve as director of Lynn’s Institute for Achievement and Learning
Published Aug. 14, 2013
After conducting a national search, Lynn University has hired 18-year employee, Shaun Exsteen, to serve as the executive director of the Lynn’s Institute for Achievement and Learning, one of the nation’s leading programs specializing in educating students with learning differences (LD).
He was serving as the institute's associate dean and worked closely with the institute’s founding director and pioneer in educating students with LD issues, Marsha Glines.
“I feel privileged to be granted this opportunity, particularly to be working with such an inspiring group of individuals,” Exsteen said. “We have a passionate staff dedicated to their profession and who always have the best interests of the students at heart. The institute will continue to be a leader in providing high quality support to students who are contending with learning differences.”
For more than 20 years, Lynn has offered services to assist students dealing with LD issues. In 2002, Lynn’s Institute for Achievement and Learning was founded to offer those students opportunities for greater accomplishments in higher education and career realization by providing them with a tutoring center, testing center and assistive technology services. Exsteen envisions continued incorporation of the advances in neurodevelopmental findings into the institute’s programs to develop practical applications for students who learn differently.
“I have always had the notion that ‘one model’ of education does not fit all learners,” Exsteen said. “I’ve always wanted to assist students who learned differently and look forward to continuing this work as the new executive director.”
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Exsteen has been working in the field of learning differences since 1993. He earned his master's degree in education with a concentration in varying exceptionalities from Lynn University and an ESOL endorsement from the university. In addition to coaching and advising students in all institute programs, he also serves as the chair of the Dialogues of Innovation Curriculum and teaches a two-week Academic Program Abroad in his home country of South Africa.
He can comment on the latest developments in the field of educating students coping with LD issues, including Autism, ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome. He can also discuss the status of testing accommodations for LD students and transitioning students with LD from high school to higher education.