Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
Dr. Wendy McCarty has been a contributing faculty member of the Riley College of Education and Leadership since 2016. She brings to Walden University a teaching career that has spanned 50 years of service. Beginning as a teacher of primary grades in California, she soon pursued a life-long dream of moving to Alaska. There she continued to teach in the elementary grades until advanced preparation qualified her to work with children with special needs. Her career in Special Education included working with preschool through secondary school students who were diagnosed with a variety of needs. She also spent a year coordinating a program for gifted/talented students at the high school level. Later she moved to Kuskokwim Community College, 80 miles inland from the Bering Sea Coast. In this position, she traveled weekly to the remote Eskimo villages of the 500,000 square mile region, delivering training to Head Start teachers. After 20 years of service to Alaska public schools, Dr. McCarty returned to the “Lower 48,” where she continued to work in higher education.
Her varied teaching experiences have allowed Dr. McCarty to work with students from several cultures, including Latino, Tlinget/Haida, Athabascan, Eskimo, and White. When asked what her favorite group is to work with, either by age, subject, ability, or ethnicity, she always replies, “The one I’m currently working with.”
Throughout her teaching career, Dr. McCarty has pursued her own life-long learning. Her credentials include a B.S. in Elementary Education from Texas Western College (now UTEP); a M.S. with a Language Arts focus from the University of Alaska, Anchorage; a M.S. with an Early Childhood Special Needs focus from the University of Washington, and an Ed.D. in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments from Harvard University.
Dr. McCarty currently resides in Woodson, Illinois where she is active in volunteer work for the Council for the Accreditation of Education Professionals (CAEP), and writes children's literature. She also enjoys reading, gardening, and travel.