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The magic of ESP - Alumni Profiles
September 2012 Issue
A lot can happen in seven years. Laura Whitaker (BSEd ’07, MEd ’10) earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in special education, got married, had a son and has another child on the way. She managed to do all of this while serving as the executive director of Extra Special People. “I believe I was created for this position,” Whitaker says. “I’m exactly where I need to be.” Whitaker started volunteering with ESP during her undergraduate years at UGA, and she became close with its founder, Martha Wyllie. In 2004 Wyllie was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died that fall. In December of 2005 Whitaker was asked by the interim director to plan an ESP camp. In 2006, the college junior was named executive director of the organization. “ESP is our family,” says Whitaker. “This is more than a job. It has to be that way.” Now a quarter century old, ESP began after Wyllie, who worked as a special education teacher …
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