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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Katie Bonawitz

Katie Bonawitz

Program Director | katie-bonawitz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Dr. Bonawitz is a 2020 Fulbright Teaching Grant recipient to Tomsk, Russia. She researched disabilities amidst world religions for her doctoral work. Other research areas of interest include serving individuals with disabilities across the world, principles of Finnish Education, collaboration with general and special education, and transformational teacher preparation. Her special education teaching specialties include history, legal issues, mild-moderate disabilities, and cultural and ling. . . read more.

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William Derden

Adjunct Professor | wid88763@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Adjunct Professor Specializing in Special Education Due Process and Law

Nathan Elliott

Nathan Elliott

Teaching Partner | nathan-elliott@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Nathan Elliott has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and educational consultant. He began teaching at Bethel University in 2013, and has since developed several new courses, including the ENVoY Classroom Management Strategies certificate program. He also enjoys advising students as they develop their thesis projects.

Karin Farrington

Karin Farrington

Adjunct Professor, Student Teacher Supervisor and Thesis Advisor | kkf98786@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Current professional role as a K-5 elementary art classroom teacher with over 10 years of professional classroom teaching experience in K-12 Special Education EBD, SLD, and ASD in federal settings I,II,III,IV. University instruction includes: Expertise in the area of: edTPA training/instruction, SPED student teaching supervision, SPED 608 instruction, SPED751 instruction, SPED Graduate Thesis advising, and Visual Arts Graduate Thesis advising.

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Karen Gabriel

Adjunct Instructor | karen-gabriel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

Karen has 40 years of experience in the field of education. More than 30 of those years have been in special education. Karen recently retired from Anoka-Hennepin District 11 after being a special education lead teacher for 20 years at a middle school. As department leader, Karen provided leadership and support to staff, parents and students regarding special education. She coached/mentored special education teachers and collaborated with general education teachers to successfully provi. . . read more.

Erica Hering

Erica Hering

Adjunct Faculty | e-hering@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Erica is a former elementary school teacher who has served in higher education for 12 years. Erica has worked with the Doctoral and Licensing Program in Educational Leadership since 2006. She also received her doctoral degree through Bethel's program.

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Nicole Higgins

Adjuncy Faculty | nih45543@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Education Professional Committed to: Special Education Inclusion Developmental Disabilities Transition Programs Person Centered Planning Education Technology

Rachel Jorgensen

Rachel Jorgensen

Adjunct Instructor | rra35368@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: Fall of 2017

Special education teacher with a particular interest in effective collaboration with all stakeholders.

Judith Landrum

Judith Landrum

Dean of Education, Christian Ministries, and Associate Programs | j-landrum@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Secondary Literacy: Writing instruction practices, K-12 Literature, and Reading in the Content Area

Mary Lindell

Mary Lindell

Associate Professor | mlindell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

I am interested in practices and interventions that support student success in inclusive environments. I enjoy facilitating general and special education teacher development and partnering with schools to better prepare teachers and serve (P-12) students well.

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Amie Lorence Grubidge

Adjunct Instructor of Education | amie-lorence@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Peg McCormick

Peg McCormick

Associate Professor of Education | p-mccormick@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Peg McCormick's interests and areas of specialization include Behavioral Theory, interventions for the EBD classroom, resilient health and occupational longevity for teachers, and best practices for the support of international student teachers.

Michael Mignard

Michael Mignard

Adjunct Instructor | m-mignard@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Introduction to Education

Maia Miller

Maia Miller

Adjunct Faculty | maia-miller@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Maia has been working and teaching in the special education field for 20 years. During this time she has worked with students in all disability areas. Maia started, like many, as a para in a special education classroom. For 10 years Maia worked with middle school students teaching reading, writing, and social skills classes. She also taught in a center-based DCD program for multiple years. For the past 7 years, Maia has worked as a Work-Based Learning Coordinator for high school studen. . . read more.

Jan Mrozinski

Jan Mrozinski

Adjunct Faculty | j-mrozinski@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Professor Mrozinski's education and experiences are in the fields of both mental health and special education. Given this background, she is interested in being a part of preparing teachers to serve students and families in ways that are professional, focused, and compassionate.

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Nichole Olsen

Adjunct Professor | nio53336@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Living life out loud unapologetically for Jesus. Kindness, compassion, empathy, grace, these are the things I want more of everyday. Bethel has been a light in the world for me. A place to learn, grow, and thrive. Not just a building, but a community designed to equip you for a future to glorify our creator in all that you do. Worked in the K - 12 system for over 8 years full time, moved to part time this last fall. Joined the Bethel community as an adjunct faculty member to give back to th. . . read more.

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Alecia Pankratz

Adjunct Faculty | a-pankratz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Alecia Pankratz is an adjunct faculty member in the Special Education Graduate program as a reading field experience instructor. She graduated from Bethel University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Literature and in 2008 with a Master of Arts in Literacy. She teaches high school English and reading at Anoka High School in Anoka, MN.

Linda Probert

Linda Probert

Associate Professor of Education | linda-probert@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Beginning as a general education elementary teacher, Associate Professor Probert has taught at Bethel since 1996 in both the CAS and the Graduate levels. Her main responsibilities are teaching Reading Foundations and working with students as they complete their edTPA during student teaching. She also is one of the professors that teaches Foundations of Education.

Kristi Romo

Kristi Romo

Adjunct Faculty | kristi-romo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Kristi Romo is an adjunct faculty member in the Special Education Graduate program as a reading field experience instructor. She graduated from University of Northwestern-St. Paul in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Literature and in 2008 with a Master of Arts in Literacy. She also graduated from Hamline University in 2015 with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a Q-Comp Peer Evaluator for the Anoka-Hennepin School District. . . read more.

Bethany Sahli

Bethany Sahli

Adjunct Professor/Student Teaching Supervisor | b-sahli@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

I am grateful that God has led me to Bethel and am enjoying my second year on staff. I have spent 12 years in education, during which I have had the privilege to hold teaching and administration positions at elementary and middle schools across the Twin Cities and in my home state of Indiana. My husband, two boys (8 and 3), and I live in the heart of St. Paul. I am passionate about educational equity and school transformation.

Susan Schwope

Susan Schwope

Teaching Partner Adjunct Instructor | s-tag@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Psychology Mental Health Special Education

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Charles Strand

Adjunct Faculty | c-strand@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

I enjoy my work at Bethel University in the area of Special Education! As a retired special educator, my greatest passion now is to help Graduate Students be more successful as special education teachers!

Jodi Wolkerstorfer

Jodi Wolkerstorfer

Adjunct Instructor of Education | woljod@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

I'm passionate supporting current and soon-to-be educators on ways to collaborate and find success for all students including those with special education needs.

Program Distinctives

Approved by the MNPELSB

The Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (MNPELSB) governs the teacher licensing requirements for the state of Minnesota. The graduate Special Education program at Bethel meets these requirements.

Premier Paraprofessional Partnership with Anoka-Hennepin

We partner with the Anoka-Hennepin School District to offer you opportunities to work as a full-time float para in area schools while you earn your master’s in special education. This program is a chance to gain first-hand experience, get full-time pay and benefits while you work towards your degree, and make connections that will help you build a successful career. Participants are eligible for the Anoka-Hennepin Para Scholarship Program.

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