Master of Arts in Teaching Faculty and Staff
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About the faculty

  • All faculty are professionally and personally involved in the community.
  • Many are consultants for area school districts
  • All hold current Illinois teaching certificates.
  • All are recognized specialists in their field of study.
  • All have practical/applied experience in their field of study and teaching.
Faculty

Dr. Debra Dew

Dr. Debra Dew
815-394-5204
Division Chair

Debra Dew is a former public school music teacher. She teaches middle and secondary education methods courses and specializes in effective practice related to teacher education. An active member of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), Dr. Dew has served on several national committees.




Jean Harezlak
815-226-4097

Education Unit Head & Assistant Professor







 

Lynn Stafford

Lynn Stafford
815-226-4181
Learning Disabilities

Lynn Stafford is the Director of SPED Programs and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education. She specializes in inclusion, interventions and accommodations for the education and development of the exceptional child. Lynn has extensive experience in classroom teaching and the administration and development of special education programs.



JoEllen Vause

JoEllen Vause
815-394-5202
Secondary Student Teaching

JoEllen Vause, Director of Secondary Education, is a former middle, junior high, and high school teacher. She is the secondary clinical experiences coordinator, teaches secondary math methods and middle school programs, and supervises student teachers.



Karen WalkerKaren Walker, Ph.D
815-394-5025

Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Karen P. Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education. She has served as an educator and consultant in public and private schools and holds State of Illinois teaching and administrator certificates. Karen has a Master’s degree in Language and Literacy and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership. She combines her experiences as a classroom teacher and school administrator with her knowledge of literacy and educational leadership to increase student achievement. Dr. Walker’s research interests are focused on policy advocacy and independent student reading.





Robin Young, Ph.D
815-226-4162
Assistant Professor of Education



Office of Graduate Studies Staff



Ms. Michele Mehren
815-226-4041
Office Manager




Elizabeth Johnson-Lovett
815-226-4046
Licensure Officer




Lauren Kepler
815-226-4021

Training Coordinator/Assistant Manager


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