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.


Ann Giardino
Ann serves as LDA’s mentor manager and is a faculty for our Student Teaching course.  Ann’s background includes a variety of special education positions in Minnesota and Massachusetts as well as a background in outdoor leadership and professional development.  Ann has an ABS license, earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of St. Thomas and has a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University.

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