B.A., Saint Xavier University
M.A., Bradley University
Prior to employment at Elmhurst College, Petru was employed by various special education cooperatives in Illinois working with students aged 3-21 for more than 30 years. During that time she served as a direct provider, high school department chair, presenter, team-teacher and professional resource for local school districts and cooperatives in the field of speech pathology. She initiated, developed and expanded the team-taught Social Thinking® class for high school elective credit. Petru has co-presented at ASHA, ISHA, SHLA and lASSW conferences on the topic of Social Thinking® in the Schools. She has obtained the ACE award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association for continuing education.