Following graduation from Trinity College, I truly enjoyed working for thirty-two years in the public schools of Waukegan, IL and Vernon Hills, IL as an elementary classroom teacher, school psychologist (K-12), special education coordinator, and IEP database supervisor. I taught previously at National-Louis University and at TIU in the college, graduate school, and REACH program as adjunct faculty. My dissertation was based on a 10 month family journey around the United States studying the impact of family dynamics on living and learning, how personal learner characteristics influence the teaching/learning process, and the influence of experiential education. No, it was not a vacation – but we loved it!
Currently, I am a member of the Council for Exceptional Children. My current interests include working within educational systems to encourage positive change for all students, helping understand and teach exceptional students, brain-based learning, and the application of educational psychology to increase learning for all students. My current research is focused on services provided to students with disabilities at member schools of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
Illinois School Psychologists Association “Practitioner of the Year Region 7 Award” 2/98
“Ted Smith Memorial Award for Practitioner of the Year” 2/97
Nominated for National Association of School Psychologists “School Psychologist of the Year” 11/97
Nationally Certified School Psychologist