School of Education Faculty and Staff

Department Leadership

Dr. MeShelda Jackson

Department Chair and Associate Professor

Education

Phone: 630-829-6282  |  Send Dr. Jackson an Email

 MeShelda Jackson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Health Services and Chair of the School of Education where she has been a faculty member since 2006. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh in Special Education, Educational Specialist in School Clinical Psychology, and Masters degree at Nova South Eastern University in Computer Education and her undergraduate degree at Alabama A&M University in Speech-Language Pathology . Dr. Jackson taught as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools from 1982 to 1995. After receiving her Ph.D., she has been teaching in higher education for the past 17 years. Her research interests lie in the area of special education and school psychology. Dr. Jackson serves on national, state, and local committees related to education.

Dr. Richard Campbell

Assistant to the Dept. Chair, Licensure Officer

Education

Phone: (630) 829-6462  |  Send Dr. Campbell an Email  |  Office: Kindlon Hall 266

Faculty

Staff

Mrs. Joyce Cecchi

Preclinical Specialist

Public Health and Education

Phone: (630) 829-6215  |  Send Mrs. Cecchi an Email  |  Office: Kindlon Hall 249

I began my career at Benedictine University in December of 2001 with the College of Business with the MPH Program. After the 911 attack in New York Dr. Alan Gorr had the foresight to incorporate Disaster Management into the MPH Program.  Benedictine University was one of the first education institutions to have such a program.At that time I did not have a Bachelor’s degree but I became very interested in disaster management and sat in the first graduate disaster management class to see what it was all about.I began taking adult undergraduate classes so I could earn the certificate in Disaster Management.I earned the Citizen Emergency Response Term (CERT) certificate which heightened my interest in Disaster Management.I was presented “The Tradition of Hospitality Award” (March 2007) here at Benedictine.Also in 2007, my oldest son, Vince, and I walked together at commencement as the first mother/son to graduate from Benedictine University and was on my way to earn the Disaster Management certificate which I did in May 2009. I now have earned more than 20 FEMA certificates covering a vast majority of emergency preparedness related topics.My other son, Anthony, also graduated from Benedictine University.From the city of Naperville, I earned the Citizens’ Fire Academy certificate (2011), a hands-on program learning everything that firefighters do in an emergency.  I am a volunteer for the Emergency Operations Center for Naperville, IL. I am also the Planning Section Chief for the ERRT (Emergency Response and Recover Team) here at Benedictine University and have assisted and opened our emergency shelter during the flooding of April 2013.I can also open a shelter for animals. I earned an Exceptional Achievement Award from the HealthierU Program (May 2012) beating out several faculty and staff members of Benedictine University. I am now enrolled in the Police Academy here at Benedictine University.  Outside interests include shopping, HGTV, and, of course, helping our undergraduate and graduate students.

Mrs. Erica George

Assistant to the Dean

Education

Phone: (630) 829-6084  |  Send Mrs. George an Email  |  Office: Kindlon Hall 258

 Erica George has worked at Benedictine for 10 years as Assistant to the Dean. She also coordinates the TIDE (Teacher Inservice DuPage Educators) program with the DuPage County Regional Office of Education (ROE). She has a master's degree in Hospital and Health Administration from The University of Iowa and a bachelor's degree in English from Macalester College. She was a Donald W Cordes fellow at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. She has worked in higher education for most of her career including clinic administration, budgeting, grant projects and personnel resources. Her favorite service project at BU is assisting students in Kindlon Hall with their name cards and hoods at commencement. "It is so fulfilling to see them excited, uncertain and moving forward at the same time when we clap as they leave the building."

Ms. Mary Jeffery, M.A.T.

Assessment and Preclinical Coordinator

Education

Phone: 630-829-6401  |  Send Ms. Jeffery an Email  |  Office: KN 258

Ms. Mary Jeffery is the Assessment and Preclinical Coordinator in the School of Education. She came to Benedictine University as an adjunct instructor and student teaching supervisor in January 2011 after teaching and administrating in secondary public schools for over 15 years. After receiving her bachelor's degree at Illinois Wesleyan University, Ms. Jeffery followed her love of adventure and moved to Arizona where she worked to develop alternative education programs for high school students. She moved from Arizona to Michigan and completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching K-12 Reading at Saginaw Valley State University. Her current position marries her varied background and interests;her administrative experience guides her interest in assessment and her teaching experience guides her interest in working with preclinical candidates. In addition to working full-time in the School of Education, Ms. Jeffery is currently a full-time student at Aurora University where she is pursuing her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction.

Mrs. Sally Shore

Office Assistant

Education

Phone: (630) 829-6280  |  Send Mrs. Shore an Email  |  Office: Kindlon Hall 263

 Mrs. Sally Shore joined Benedictine University in 2002 serving as Office Assistant to the School of Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Education, Master of Education and Education Specialist degrees from GA Southern University. Prior to joining Benedictine, she taught in public and private schools and in later years has been employed in the clerical field. Outside of work, Sally is very active in her local church serving in the altar, bookstore and hospitality ministries.

Dr. Jan Writer

Director, Student Placement

Education

Phone: (630) 829-6293  |  Send Dr. Writer an Email  |  Office: Kindlon Hall 258

Dr. Jan Writer joined the School of Education in 2008. She serves as the Director of Student Placement and teaches courses in the area of special education. She was previously an Associate Professor of Education at Elmhurst College and on the Education faculty at the University of San Diego and the University of Arizona, where she coordinated graduate teacher education programs in the areas of severe disabilities, orthopedic impairments, and multiple sensory impairments. She holds a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in severe/multiple disabilities, a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Southern Methodist University, and a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing therapy from Indiana University.

Dr. Writer has been working in the field of special education for more than 40 years. Prior to joining BU, she was employed as a speech pathologist, a classroom teacher, the coordinator of programs for students with moderate and severe disabilities for a 16-district special education cooperative, a state education agency staff development specialist, a multi-state Deaf-Blind Regional Center education coordinator, an independent evaluator of students with disabilities, an onsite technical assistance provider, a teacher educator, and a parent advocate. Over the past 38 years, she has consulted to programs serving persons with severe disabilities in over 34 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, the U. S. Pacific Trust Territories, and American Samoa.

Dr. Writer is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Council for Exceptional Children, International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Autism National Committee, Autism Society of America, National Coalition on Deafblindness, TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps), Autism Society of Illinois, and Arc of Illinois. A specialist in public school inclusion and the education of children and youth with low incidence disabilities (autism, orthopedic impairments, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, sensory impairments, and deafblindness), she serves on leadership committees for multiple national and international organizations in the field of special education. She has further presented at more than 300 regional, state, national, and international conferences on topics specific to the quality education of students with moderate, severe, and low incidence disabilities.


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College of Education and Health Services
Benedictine University

Ethel C. Ragland, Ed.D., MN, RN
Dean of the College of Education and Health Services

Erica George
Assistant to the Dean

Email: egeorge@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-6084

Hours: 8:30 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.

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