Samantha Walte

11Samantha Walte- University of Illinois at Chicago

Samantha Walte studied special education and psychology at Illinois State University, earned her
Master’s degree in special education as a Curriculum Adaptation Specialist at Northeastern Illinois University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in special education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. For the past two years, Samantha has been a teacher of elementary and middle school students with significant cognitive and behavioral needs at a public alternative school in the Chicago suburbs. Prior to that, she taught students with developmental disabilities in a self-contained classroom in a public elementary school just outside of Chicago where she started a “buddy” program and ran ability awareness demonstrations for all third- through fifth-grade students. 
Outside of the school setting, Samantha has worked in therapeutic recreation settings, coached Special Olympics, assisted adults with disabilities living in group homes, run weekend structured weekend social groups for children with autism, and implemented in-home Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy. She also enjoys yoga, biking, hiking, and food.