Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
My name is Heather White; I was raised in a small farming town in Northwest Missouri. I attended the University of Central Missouri, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology in 1995 and a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders in 1997. I began my career as a contract travel therapist working in South Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas, and Illinois. These contract positions allowed me the opportunity to work in residential care facilities and nursing homes. In 1999 I accepted a position in Woodstock, Illinois with the Special Education District of McHenry County. This position tapped into my passion for working with children with special needs with ages ranging from ages 3-21. In 2001, I accepted a position in the North Kansas City School District working with the early childhood special education preschool. This position has given me the opportunity to hone many skills for facilitating language with low incidence children, alternative and augmentative communication, pediatric dysphagia, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I received a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in Special Education in June of 2015. My research interest is focused on developmentally appropriate use of computer applications and technology in early childhood. In 2016, I began my journey as a contributing faculty member for Walden University for the School of Education and Special Education department. I enjoy photography and watching my son swim for Tsunami Swim Team of Kansas City and Kearney High School. I also volunteer as a USA Swim Stroke and Turn Official. I look forward to learning more about your educational goals and your personal strengths.