Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Nathan Sparks has earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and Master of Education in Special Education and a Doctorate in Education. He also holds a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies in Organizational Leadership. He has been trained as an Assistive Technology Specialist and worked as an educational leader, public school teacher, and college instructor for 24 years. Dr. Sparks served five years as the State level coordinator for alternate and alternative testing for the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Education. His current position for the last 13 years has been as the Education Director for the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University Health Systems in Richmond Virginia. Dr. Sparks has been an instructor with Walden University teaching courses in Special Education for the past 14 years. Dr. Sparks areas of research interest include educational evaluation and assessment of students with complex medical needs, virtual reality content delivery, and assistive technology implementation. He has taught courses covering special education, legal aspects, assistive technology, and learning disabilities. Dr. Sparks has received recognition from the Virginia Board of Education for outstanding contributions in the design and development of Virginia’s Alternate Assessment Program. He has been honored by the Virginia Association of Test Directors and was honored by the Virginia Department of Education, State Operated Programs for Outstanding Contributions to State Operated Programs. Dr. Sparks is a published author and speaker and was invited to speak at the Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress in Manchester England in 2000. Dr. Sparks has developed a Student Data Management System used by several State agencies to manage and track student performance in Hospital and Mental Health settings.