Kira Shank joined the Department of Student Success at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2006 to teach first time students advanced reading, writing, and math skills. Currently, she teaches professionalism and career strategy courses for the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Kira has extensive experience in working with at-risk students on the secondary and college levels. She earned her MEd from the University of North Florida with an emphasis in special education. She is fluent in American Sign Language and has had experience working with the Deaf Community. Before coming to Purdue Global, she worked in a public school system with special education students who were hearing impaired or had learning disabilities. She was also a reading coach and mentor teacher.
Kira has holds a Professional Teaching Certificate from the state of Florida and has taught at the college level for 12 years. American Sign Language, special education and education theory, career development, developmental math, writing and reading are a few of subject areas she has mastered. Kira has also written curricula reading, math, study skills, and education focuses for both public and college-level institutions.
Currently, Kira is completing her doctorate in in curriculum, teaching and leadership at Northeastern University. She continues her work in the field of special education by co-chairing the Learning Disabilities Special Interest Group for the national College Reading and Learning Association. Her continuing research is focused on at-risk students and students with disabilities in online learning environments.