Dr. Burke earned her B.S. Ed and M.S. ED in Special Education from Northern Illinois University. She received her Ph.D. from University of Illinois at Chicago in special education with a specialization in literacy needs for students with exceptionalities.
Dr. Burke was a special education teacher for 16 years before coming to Elmhurst College in 2001. She has experience working with students from elementary age through high school in a variety of special education service delivery options.
Dr. Burke’s research interests include literacy skill development in students with autism, the inclusion of students with exceptionalities in general education, and compensatory abilities and the use of learning strategies for students with exceptionalities.