Dr. Mary Jensen has been a professor of Special Education at Western Illinois University (WIU) in Macomb, IL since 1990. She teaches college students to be outstanding special education teachers for students with mild to moderate disabilities. The special education courses she teaches are related to behavior management methods and characteristics and teaching methods for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Dr. Jensen’s past experience includes teaching special education students in the elementary grades in public school and high school students in residential treatment.
Dr. Jensen has been honored to receive the Outstanding Teacher award at WIU in 1993 and 2006. In 2008, she won the Teaching with Technology Award and the WIU Provost’s Award for Teaching with Technology. In 2009 and 2010, Dr. Jensen was a recipient of the WIU Honoring our Professors of Excellence (HOPE) Award
Dr. Jensen makes presentations for professional development at schools, conferences, and for other organizations on a variety of special education topics for teachers and parents. Topics include proactive and positive behavior management methods, differentiated instruction methods, ADHD, social skills, and bully behavior. The programs focus on practical yeaching and management skills and content that will help students with mild to moderate disabilities increase academic achievement and improve social skills and behavior.