My name is Nellie Hopmann and I am the Academic ADA Coordinator with Webster University. My husband, daughter, and I recently returned to St. Louis after living in Chicago for just over eight years. My professional background is in education. I earned a Master’s of Education in Special Education and worked for seven years as a high school instructor, service provider, and case manager/department chairperson in Chicago Public Schools before moving in to higher education. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and working on projects around our “new” home/fixer-upper. I also enjoy doing yoga, cooking, and reading.
I joined the Academic Resource Center (ARC) team in September 2018 as the interim Academic ADA Coordinator. I will move into the permanent role beginning January 2019. I work with Webster University online students to determine and then implement accommodations that meet students’ disability-related needs in the online setting.
Typically, when students reach out to me they want to know if they are able to receive accommodations and how can they go about putting accommodations in place. Determining accommodations begins with an email or phone call to my office. Students can reach out through the firstname.lastname@example.org email account or call my office at 314-246-7700 to begin the process. I then communicate with students to set aside time to talk (over the phone, in-person, or via email) about their disability experiences and accommodations that will support them in accessing their educations. My office supports a broad spectrum of students with disabilities and their disability-related needs. I am happy to discuss any needs a student might have and how my office can support in providing accommodations to meet those needs. I encourage all students to reach out if they think they need support or simply to learn more about this resource.
The most satisfying part of my job is getting to work with students one-to-one to support their experiences at Webster. I really enjoy getting to know students on more of a personal level, and I find it very rewarding to put in the time and effort to help students to problem-solve through any obstacles they may be experiencing while enrolled at Webster.
My advice to students: If you need help, ask. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need; don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re unsure of what you need. You are worth it.
My favorite part of working at Webster is the chance to connect with and work with students from across the country and around the world. I really enjoy the fact that Webster serves so many different students in so many different ways.