Ed.D., curriculum and instruction
Loyola University (2006)
M.Ed., curriculum and instruction
Loyola University (1976)
B.S., intermediate and upper elementary education
Spelman has been an assistant professorial lecturer and a clinical practice supervisor for the School of Education since fall 2003. Prior to that, she served as a clinical practice supervisor, an adjunct professor, and an SXU reading clinic tutor. Spelman taught at several schools in the Chicagoland area, including Fulton Primary Center and Central Junior High School in Tinley Park, Navajo Elementary School in Palos Heights, and St. Christina Elementary School in Chicago. Spelman served as principal of Memorial Elementary School in Tinley Park for five years. She also serves on a number of committees, including the Faculty Development Committee, the Teacher Advisory Council, the Elementary Education NCATE commitee, the Graduate Reading Program committee, as well as several advisory committees. She currently teaches courses on exceptional children, elementary reading methods, diagnostic assessment & instruction, special education methods, the reading/writing connection, and learning theory.