ABOUT EDUCATE TEACHERS
With highly trained instructors bringing decades of real-world, educational experience to every course they facilitate, our goal here at Educate Teachers is to provide educators with meaningful, relevant and practical instruction.
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Candice Benjamin has 40 years of experience working in the field of education as a special education teacher, an educational consultant an exceptional student school specialist and a behavior specialist in three different states. She earned her graduate degree from Western Illinois University. She is certified to teach learning disabled, mentally disabled and emotionally disturbed children of all ages. She retired from the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Iowa, where she conducted full and individual evaluations and determined eligibility for special education services, which included the administration and interpretation of individual standardized assessments, curriculum based measurement, and collection and analysis of behavioral data. Candice has been developing and teaching on-line graduate courses for credit through Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa since 2005.
Veteran educator Joe Macksey is a Teacher Librarian in the Davenport Community Schools System and has been with the district since 1989. Prior to coming to Iowa, he taught kindergarten in Pennsylvania. After earning his BS in elementary education in 1986 from Gannon University in Erie, PA and completing his Masters of Education degree at Marycrest University in Davenport, IA in 1989, Joe went on to earn an MS in Library Science from the University of Iowa. Joe is enthusiastic and committed to working with other education professionals wishing to support and learn more about their students.
Lauri Whiskeyman has over 15 years experience in the field of speech-language pathology, working with students from preschool to grade 12. She is a graduate of Kent State University where she earned her Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology and her Educational Specialist Degree in Special Education. Lauri is currently employed with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency where she is a speech-language pathologist serving two elementary schools in Davenport. From 1990-2007, Lauri worked as an editor and writer for an educational publishing company that specialized in creating materials for speech-language pathologists and special educators. Lauri is committed to improving her students' communication skills.
Krista Vrombaut has 10 years of experience in the field of special education; working with student K-12. A majority of your time was spent as a behavior disorder teacher in an alternative school setting. Currently, Krista is employed by the Davenport Community School District as a special education specialist. As a specialist she trains teacher on the current curriculum, Boys Town behavior management, and LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling). Krista earned her Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University and continues to take classes to deepen her knowledge as an educator.
Erin Ogden Is a graduate of the University of Iowa with degrees in psychology and linguistics. She earned her Master's in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Enjoying both travel and diversity, she has spent time teaching students in both India and Spain.