Debra Castner, Ed.D., 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. During the day, Dr. Castner teaches grades 5-7 in the Westonka School District. 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, Debra 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.