Our faculty are known statewide for great teaching.

LDA faculty members have a passion for training teachers and a proven record of doing it very well. They are experts with advanced degrees and several years of special education practice themselves, and they have developed far-reaching professional networks throughout the state.


Dr. Cathy Tutor
Cathy serves a faculty member and works on program evaluation and reporting for LDA.  Before joining LDA Minnesota, Cathy was a core faculty at Capella University from 2009-2020 teaching a variety of courses to future educators.  Prior to Capella, Cathy held a variety of University positions in both Minnesota and Wisconsin.  A former special educator in Wisconsin, Cathy has a license in Specific Learning Disabilities and earned her doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.


Dr. Jennifer Christensen
Jennifer serves as a key faculty for the program and manages mentors who coach our teacher candidates.  Jennifer comes to LDA with a variety of experiences in special education as well as an extensive background teacher preparation at several institutions of higher education including St. Cloud State University and Eastern Kentucky University where she taught courses in special education to teacher candidates.  Jennifer has her Doctorate of Philosophy is Special Education from the University of North Texas.   

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