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M.A. in Special Education Faculty

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.


Katie Bonawitz, EdD

Associate Professor of Education | katie-bonawitz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Areas of expertise

Dr. Bonawitz researched disabilities amidst world religions for her doctoral work. Other research areas include Finnish SpEd, collaboration with general and special education, and transformational teacher preparation. Her special education teaching specialties include history, legal issues, mild-moderate disabilities, consultation, collaboration.


Julia Dreyer

Adjunct Instructor | j-dreyer@bethel.edu


Nathan Elliott

Adjunct Instructor | nathan-elliott@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Areas of expertise

Response to Intervention Instructional technology integration Curriculum development Differentiated Instruction STEM integration Early literacy/numeracy development Formative assessment Continuous improvement process Professional Learning Communities Professional development Standards based grading Classroom management


Steve Kaatz

Associate Professor | kaaste@bethel.edu


Jennifer Kettering

Adjunct Professor | jek92472@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Teaching Speciality

Special Education *Learning Disabilities *Emotional and Behavioral Disorders


Michael Mignard

Director of Educational Clinical Practice | m-mignard@bethel.edu


Maia Miller

Special Education Adjunct- Autism Spectrum Disorders | maia-miller@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Teaching Speciality

I have been teaching in the special education field for 10 years. During this time I have worked with students of all disability areas. For the majority of my teaching career I have taught reading and writing, but have also taught in our center-based program as well as social skills classes for students with autism.


Susan Schwope

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

Teaching Speciality

Psychology Mental Health Special Education


Lisa Silmser

Adjunct Assistant Professor | l-silmser@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Teaching Speciality

Instructional Strategies, Differentiation and Interventions Special Education Language Arts and Literacy Online Instructional Practices

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