Meet the SPED Faculty & Staff

Our faculty has more than 50 years of combined experience in Special Education P-12 classrooms. The faculty has a strong emphasis on practical, real-life, field experiences.

Jeanne Danneker
 

Jeanne Danneker, PhD
Associate Professor
Member of the department since 2007
Education:

  • BS, Winona State University
  • MS, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Area of Expertise:

  • Law
  • Assessment  
  • Self-determination
  • Inclusion
  • Reading instruction
  • Learning
  • Disabilities/Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
     
  

 

James Kirk, PhD

Assistant Professor Member of the department since 2012
Education:

  • BS, Marquette University
  • MS, Western Oregon State University
  • PhD, University of Iowa

 Area of Expertise:

  • Behavior Modification
  • Special Education Law
  • Assistive Technology
  • Autism
  Carol A. Long
 

 

Carol A. Long, PhD

Professor, Chairperson Member of the department since 1993
Education:

  • BS, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MS, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia

Area of Expertise:

  • Paraeducators
  • Accreditation
  • Travel Study
  • Developmental Disabilities
  

 

Meghan Sinning, MS

Assistant Professor Member of department since 2013
Education:

  • BS, Arizona State University
  • MS, Winona State University

Area of Expertise:

  • Learning Disabilities/Developmental Disabilities
  • Behavior Management
  • Transition
  • Collaborative Teaching
  • After-school Programming

 

Steven Street

 

Steven Street, EdD 

Associate Professor Member of the department since 2010
Education: 

  • BA, University of Central Florida-Orlando
  • MEd, University of Central Florida-Orlando
  • EdD, University of Nevada-Reno 

Area of Expertise:

  • Law
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Cooperative Learning
  • Literacy
  • Rural Special Education
 

Janette Pickart

 

 

Janette Pickart
Office Manager
 
Member of the department since 1998, Member of COE since 1980
Education:

  • Vocational Training, Business Education
  • Specialized training in: communications, life and work balance,
  • generational differences, frontline/customer-based performance

    Duties:
  • Supervision and management of workflow for department operations
  • Assist Student Teaching Director with field experience/student
    teaching placements for Special Education majors
  • Supervision and training of work study student workers
  • Data management for department records including students