Faculty Debra Castner, Ed.D. MA in Special Education - Adjunct Assistant Professor (952) 491-8321 email@example.com Dr. Castner has been teaching students who receive special education for more than 25 years. Since 2011 she has been with Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she teaches the final two courses in the master’s degree program. During the day, Dr. Castner teaches grades 5-7 in the Westonka School District. + More She has been fortunate enough to have taught throughout the country, yet Minnesota is now her home. Through Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, she’s had the opportunity to teach at Palestine Ahliya University in the Palestinian Territories for their first special education teacher preparation program. While in Palestine, Dr. Castner presented the importance of collaboration between the home, school, and community at the Nablus Autism Conference and Ahliya University Community Collaboration Conference. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education and a Master’s in Administration. She holds licensure in Emotional Behavioral Disorder, Specific Learning Disability and Developmental Cognitive Delay. She received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Hamline University in 2007. She has been married for 29 years; has three children and two dogs. In her free time, she likes to walk, play golf, read, kayak, and ride bike. Larry Iwen, M.Ed. MA in Special Education - Adjunct Instructor (651) 744-3900 firstname.lastname@example.org High School learning disabilities teacher, Highland Park Senior High School. + More Larry Iwen has over 20 years of teaching experience in special education and is currently employed by St. Paul Public Schools as a high school learning disabilities teacher at Highland Park Senior High School. He holds a bachelors degree in special education from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh and a masters degree in education with an emphasis in leadership from Southwest State University in Marshal, MN. He is licensed in areas of Specific Learning Disabilities (K-12) and Cognitive Developmental Disabilities (K-12). In 2002 Larry earned National Board Certification as an Early Childhood through Young Adult Exceptional Needs Specialist. He has served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Minnesota Council for Exceptional Children (MNCEC) and is actively involved in staff development experiences with the Midwest Instructional Leadership Council (miLc). This is his first year with St. Mary’s but he previously taught adult learners in the LD licensure program for four years at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Shanna Lecy MA in Special Education - Adjunct Instructor (651) 213-2586 email@example.com Maureen Parkes, Ed.D. Education - Adjunct Instructor (651) 415-5424 firstname.lastname@example.org Parkes is Program Lead at Mounds View School Career and Life Transition Program. She is responsible for due process and student intakes for two special education programs. + More She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at the College of St. Catherine and her Master of Education in Special Education at Bethel University. She is currently completing her Ed.D. at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Parkes has served as a classroom teacher for 12 years. She currently works with high school students who experience Emotional/Behavioral Disorder in a federal setting IV. Keely Swartzer, M.A. Special Education Program - Adjunct Instructor (763) 497-8025 email@example.com Education: Swartzer has a Bachelor’s of Science in Special Education, a Master’s of Arts in Education and both her Principal’s and Director of Special Education Licenses through the University of Minnesota. + More Keely Swartzer is an instructor for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She currently works as a Special Education Coordinator for Meeker and Wright Special Education Cooperative, and is primarily responsible for the special education staff and services in the Delano Public School system, along with cooperative professional development. Throughout her career, Swartzer has served as an elementary special education teacher, program coordinator for a setting four and day treatment program, and regional trainer in the areas of multi-tiered systems of support and specific learning disabilities. Swartzer’s passion is training and serving others as an educational and instructional leader. Swartzer lives in St. Michael with her two children, Josie (16) and Garrett (11.) She enjoys friends, family, laughter, and the outdoors.