Atlanta School for Autism Welcomes Mr. Russell Savage to the Faculty

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Cumberland Academy of Georgia, Atlanta school for autism, just welcomed Mr. Russell Savage to the faculty.

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I love the look on a student’s face when they finally get something after struggling for a long time. That is why I love teaching.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia, a SACS-CASI accredited, private, non-profit independent school dedicated to students with special needs, announces a new addition to the faculty. Mr. Russell Savage will be teaching a variety of courses in literature and math specifically to our 4th-8th grade students. Mr. Savage holds a Bachelor of Education degree and is a certified special education instructor. He will earn his Master’s degree in Education in 2013. Originally from New York City, Mr. Savage has been teaching in Georgia for the last 22 years, including 8 years teaching students with Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, ADD/ADHD, and other learning differences. “We are very excited that Mr. Savage has joined the Cumberland family,” said Ms. Debbi Scarborough, Founder and Headmaster of Cumberland Academy of Georgia. “He has a keen awareness of the needs of our student population and has a warm, gracious, and patient approach in communicating and conducting his classroom.”

Mr. Savage enjoys teaching, stating, “I love the look on a student’s face when they finally get something after struggling for a long time. That is why I love teaching. Teaching students with special needs gives me the greatest pleasure because it is more of a challenge. I understand them and they seem to understand me.”

The team of Cumberland Academy of Georgia wants to take the stress out of academic learning; therefore, classes are taught with each individual student in mind. The faculty strives to teach each student Georgia Academic Standards, utilizing their preferred learning style. The ultimate goal is for students to become independent, successful young adults. To reach this goal, the school teaches its students to demonstrate appropriate interpersonal skills while working collaboratively in groups.

Located in Atlanta, Cumberland Academy of Georgia provides a tailored learning experience for students with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities and ADD/ADHD. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, Cumberland Academy of Georgia is designed for the needs of many students who do not learn well in traditional settings. Cumberland Academy of Georgia is fully accredited and addresses the student’s academic, emotional and social concerns through nurturing, innovative and challenging programs.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia is currently accepting applications for grades 4 through 12. To schedule a tour of the school, please contact Terri Brooks, Director of Admissions at 404-835-9000 or email admissions(at) Open house will take place Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 2pm - 4pm. To learn more, please visit

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