Category Archives: Team Member Biographies

Team Member Biography: Edna McKenzie, Ed. S.

Edna McKenzie-Ed.S Edna McKenzie received her Master of Arts in Education, certifications in Special Education, (LD and EBD) and her Principal K-12 and Director of Special Education licensure from the University of Saint Thomas, Minnesota. Edna is currently serving with … Continue reading

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Team member Biography: Beth Sowden

Ms. Sowden is working towards completing an Ed.S. in the school psychology program at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN where she studied psychology, Spanish, and Latin American, … Continue reading

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Team Member Biography: Erin Wanat

Erin Wanat has been committed to public education for nearly 15 years. In her short time of service, Erin has taught in a number of special education settings in both Illinois and Minnesota. She has chosen to work with students … Continue reading

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Team Member Biography: Valerie Tanner

Valerie Tanner: Chair, Undergraduate Programs in School of Education/ Assistant Professor Valerie began her teaching career at the Bugonaygeshig School on the Leech Lake Reservation, where she taught for three years in a self-contained classroom for children with emotional/behavioral disabilities. … Continue reading

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Team member Biography: Andriel Dees, J.D.

Andriel Dees serves as Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. As Chief Diversity Officer, Dees serves as a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and provides leadership in advancing the university’s commitment to fostering a culture of inclusiveness. … Continue reading

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Team Member Biographies: Donald Lee Stovall, Psy.D & Caroline Baker, Ph.D

Donald Lee Stovall, Psy.D., L.P.Interests include: Promoting mental health programs for children and adolescents, parenting issues, integration of children with exceptional needs into general education settings Dr. Stovall received his B.A. in psychology and elementary education from Macalester College in … Continue reading

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Team Member Biography: Marcus Washington, Ed. S.

Marcus Washington, Ed. S. received his graduate training from The University of Iowa, an American Psychological Association accredited program. Mr. Washington is entering his 15th year as a School Psychologist and is employed with the West Metro Education Program, FAIR School Downtown (Minneapolis), an integrated district that services 12 member school districts in the metro area with students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. As a practicing school psychologist, Mr. Washington implements the best practices with special consideration to the relevance of education, students and their families, culture, community, social, and communication factors. Mr. Washington plays an active role in the pre-referral process and serves in leadership roles on various interdisciplinary teams. Through the University of Minnesota and school district partnerships, Mr. Washington serves on the Cultural Liaison Advisory Board and participated in a training program for Cultural Liaisons as part of two federally funded grants to address pre-referral processes for African American students and disproportionate referrals to special education.

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