Special Education Faculty
Dr. Penny Cantley
226 Willard, Stillwater, Ok 74078
Dr. Penny Cantley is an Assistant Professor of Special Education. She has worked in education for over twenty years and taught elementary and secondary special education in Japan for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools and in Oklahoma as a public-school teacher. She is an active member of several education organizations including the Council for Exceptional Children, Association of Higher Education and Disability, and American Educational Research Association. Dr. Cantley was the lead writer on ME!, a curriculum developed to help educators teach transition skills to students with disabilities. http://www.ou.edu/content/education/centers-and-partnerships/zarrow/tran...
Dr. Cantley specializes in the areas of self-awareness and self-advocacy and has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to transition practices and outcomes. Her primary research interests include transition from school-to-adult life and postsecondary experiences of students with disabilities. She is also interested in special education teacher preparation and retention.
Dr. Cantley and her pup, Winnie, are proud members of Pete's Pet Posse, OSU's Pet Therapy Program. https://hr.okstate.edu/pettherapy Outside of work Dr. Cantley enjoys hiking, fishing, scuba diving and traveling.
Dr. Candace Gann
225 Willard Hall, Stillwater, OK 74078
Dr. Candace Gann obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees in special education from Missouri State University with her undergraduate studies focusing on mild/moderate cross-categorical special education, and graduate studies specializing in severe developmental disabilities and autism. She began her career as a special education classroom teacher and has taught at the elementary, intermediate, and high school levels. After five years in the classroom, Dr. Gann went on to become a district special education consultant, particularly taking on cases of severe problem behavior and autism program development. After six years in the public schools, she left Missouri to obtain her Ph.D. in special education with a focus in applied behavior analysis, positive behavioral interventions and supports, and emotional and behavioral disorders from the University of Arizona. While at the University of Arizona, Dr. Gann provided early intervention in-home behavior analytic services to children in the community and worked as a behavior consultant for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind. Her research centers on the effect of function-based interventions on student behavior to support positive social and academic outcomes for students with, and at-risk for, emotional and behavioral disorders, with particular interest in fidelity of implementation of these intervention approaches.
Dr. Claudia Otto
Main Hall 2218
700 North Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106-0700
Dr. Claudia Otto is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Special Education. She has worked in education since 2000, ten years at the secondary level as a special education English teacher for grade levels 9-12, serving various mild/moderate disabilities from a very diverse population including: Hispanic, Asian, Native American, and African American groups. Dr. Otto also served for 2 years as the Disability Services Specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. There, she provided leadership in the field of special populations, training for career and technology education instructors, guidance personnel, and student services staff that teach or advise students with identified special needs or other circumstantial needs requiring specialized or individualized attention. She specializes in the areas of autism, teacher prep, and diversity, presenting at the local, state, national, and international levels. Her primary research interests include autism, communication and behaviors, and enhancing the writing skills of students with mild-moderate disabilities. Dr. Claudia Otto draws on her experience, as a secondary special education teacher and her service on various agency and state boards and committees (i.e. ABLE Tech Advisory Council, Oklahoma Transition Council, Council for Exceptional Children, Association of Higher Education And Disability, and American Educational Research Association), that support children and adults with mild-moderate disabilities, to enhance course content and increase the relevance.
Being of Mexican descent, Dr. Otto has a unique understanding of the cultural perspective of many of her minority students and their families. This perspective fueled her efforts to make schools accessible and open to them, encouraging a positive and effective relationship with families, teaching conversational English to the families and providing information on how the special education system worked so that they could better advocate for their children. During her family time, she enjoys cooking/baking, riding ATVs, and travel.
Dr. Lynn Hodge
247 Willard, Stillwater, OK 74078
Dr. Lynn Hodge’s academic endeavors focus on her passion to help teachers and administrators make schools a more positive and successful place for students who struggle. Her interests stem from PK-12 experiences as a teacher in Title I and special education programs, as a school counselor, and as a special services director. Dr. Hodge works closely with two school districts in addition to service organization across the state to coordinate undergraduate students’ service learning opportunities that focus on positive interactions with individuals with disabilities. Dr. Hodge’s professional memberships include the Council for Exceptional Children and the Oklahoma Directors of Special Services. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and traveling.