Special Education Faculty of Saint Joseph’s University

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The instructors who teach the master's in special education program at Saint Joseph’s are professionals dedicated to helping you learn to help students with challenges meet their full potential in school and beyond. With both extensive academic credentials and years of professional experience, they provide an enriching and inspiring learning environment.

Samantha Riggleman, Ph.D.

Samantha Riggleman is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education in the School of Health Studies and Education at Saint Joseph’s University. She is also a Board...

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Virginia Goulding Johnson, Ph.D.

Virginia Goulding Johnson, Ph.D joined the education faculty in 1993. Over the last twenty-five years, she has taught Teacher and Special Education courses as well as education-...

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Rebecca King

Rebecca King has been an educator of deaf and hard of hearing students for eight years. She has taught at The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) for three years in an...

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Samuel B. Slike, D.Ed.

Dr. Samuel B. Slike has been the Director of Special Education Online Programs at SJU since 2011. Previously he was Professor and Curriculum Coordinator of the Master of Science...

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MaryErin (Mollie) Sheppard, Ed.D

Dr. Mary E. Sheppard is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Department. Her research focuses on effective teaming practices that support families of children with...

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Jaclyn Galbally

Jaclyn Galbally is currently a visiting faculty member at Saint Joseph's University, where she has been teaching in the online program for the past five years. She has been...

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Cheryl L. George, Ph.D.

Cheryl L. George is a former special education teacher (K-12), with classroom teaching experience in resource rooms and self-contained special education classrooms, grades 1-8....

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James R. Johnson

James Johnson received his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Visually Impaired from Illinois State University, a Master’s in Special Education from Temple...

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Renee Lang Reasons

Renee Lang Reasons reaped the benefits of a Jesuit education by earning all of her degrees at Saint Joseph’s University—a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, a Master’s in Reading...

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Jeanmarie Mason

Jeanmarie Nelson has 37 years of education experience and is currently employed at the Spring-Ford Area School District. Her certifications include Mentally and Physically...

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Nooha Ahmed-Lee

Nooha Ahmed-Lee has worked in education for 26 years. She earned a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of Washington, a Master’s in Education at the City University of New...

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Jo Ann Marie Rae

Jo Ann Marie Rae earned a BS in Special Education and Elementary Education from West Chester University, a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and a supervisory...

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Elizabeth C. Serpentine

Elizabeth Serpentine earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s and Doctoral degree from the Pennsylvania State University in the field of...

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Nina Wall

Nina Wall, MSS, LSW, is the Director of the Bureau of Autism Services in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. Prior to this position, she served as co-chair of the...

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Sarah Woldoff

Sarah Woldoff, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist with over 10 years of experience providing assessment services, individual treatment, consultation with schools and medical...

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Joseph E. Fischgrund

Joseph E. Fischgrund has been an educator of deaf students for many years, most notably as the Headmaster of The Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (PSD) in Philadelphia, PA, a...

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Dee Castorani

Dee Castorani earned a BS in Education from Cabrini College and a M.Ed. in Mid-Level Education from Rosemont College. Her certifications include Special Education, Reading...

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Kimmarie Cipolla

Kimmarie Cipolla received a doctorate in Special Education from Arcadia University in June 2010. Her dissertation focused on social cognition, effects of teaching social thinking...

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Elizabeth G. Clark

Elizabeth G. Clark earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders from Marquette University, and a Master of Arts Degree from Temple University in the field of...

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For more information about the faculty of the online master's in special education, call (215) 473-2695 or request more information below.

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