Bio: Kathleen E. Turlo lives in southern Maine, where she supervises and teaches the southern Maine cohort of student teachers for the University of Maine College of Education and Human Development.
Kathy’s career in education stretches back to 1974. She taught in general and special education elementary school classrooms in New Hampshire for six years. After earning her master’s degree at the University of Southern Maine in 1980, she taught full time at USM at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. From 1987 to ’89, Kathy worked at Maine Medical Center as a member of an evaluation team for the diagnosis and educational program development of students with learning disabilities. In 1990, she earned her doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in special education from Boston University. Since 2006, Kathy has continued to teach at the University of Maine, USM (Gorham, Lewiston-Auburn and Saco campuses), University of Maine at Farmington and St. Joseph’s College. She has also worked as a consultant in public schools, advocated for students and their families as they moved through the special education process, done volunteer work (advisor for USM’s Student Council for Exceptional Children, Special Olympics, public school classrooms and athletic programs, coaching, taught Sunday school, food pantries and soup Kitchens, and Boy and Girl Scouts). Kathy has written funded grants for USM and some public schools. Her research investigations have centered on learning styles and strategy instruction with special learners, and the developmental stages of pre-professional teachers. She has collaborated with colleagues on conducting research and giving presentations at regional and international conferences in the fields of exceptionality and teacher training. When not teaching, Kathy enjoys being with her family and friends, reading, traveling, gardening, skiing, golfing, and cooking.
B.S., 1973, University of Maine at Farmington
M.Ed., 1980, University of Southern Maine
Ed.D., 1990, Boston University