Debra Castner

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
Doctor of Education (EdD)

Dr. Debra Castner's formal training has been in K-12 special education where she has taught for over 35 years. In addition, as an associate professor, she teaches blended and online courses related to action research in special education. At Walden University she taught the doctoral prospectus and study intensive courses.

Courses Taught

EDUC 8081 - Completing the Prospectus

EDUC 80990 - Doctoral Study Intensive


EdD, Hamline University

MA, University of Northern Iowa

BA, University of Northern Iowa

Public Service

YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities - Camp Ihduhapi, Board of Directors - Loretto

Awards / Honors

Brother Julius Winkler Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award, Saint Mary's University, 2018

Grandview Teacher of the year, Westonka School District, 2018

Westonka Teacher of the Year, Westonka School District, 2019


Castner, D. J. (2013). Collaboration: Home, School and Community, How to connect the resources from school, and home to strengthen the community you live in .

Castner, D. J. (2010). Teaching Social Skills in the unique years of middle school .

Castner, D. J. (2013). Through the eyes of a middle school student with Autism .