Shelly Leialoha-Hartstack, PhD

Associate Professor of Education

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Shelly Leialoha-Hartstack, PhD, began her teaching career in adjudicated facilities working with teenage boys and girls. A natural progression for Dr. Leialoha-Hartstack transitioned to teaching K-12 special education with a focus on those students with behavioral issues. The great portion of her teaching career has been as a secondary special education teacher prior to joining the Graceland faculty.

Earning her B.S. in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State University, Dr. Leialoha-Hartstack completed her M.Ed. in Collaborative Teaching and Learning at Graceland University and Ph.D. in Special Education from Walden University.

Of the 7 emphases of Graceland’s Edmund J. Gleazer School of Education M.Ed. program, Dr. Leialoha-Hartstack teaches courses in Special Education, Instructional Leadership and Differentiated Instruction.

Dr. Leialoha-Hartstack has been a consultant to inner city high schools through compliance review in special education, a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education for Native Hawaiians, and a volunteer State of Iowa Civil Rights Investigator.

Married with two grown sons, Dr. Leialoha-Hartstack’s favorite places are her native Hawaii and Minnesota. She enjoys her pets and lives on a farm in southwestern Iowa.

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