After completing a B.S. and M.S. in Communicative Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she served as a speech-language pathologist for students with disabilities in the public school system. When federal funding was made available for service provision for preschoolers with disabilities and their families, Jane taught as one of the first Early Childhood Special Educators in the State of Wisconsin. From that time, she remained teaching as either an Early Interventionist/Early Childhood Special Education teacher or Speech-Language Pathologist in a variety of school settings in the Midwest. After nearly 20 years in practice, Jane obtained her final degree, a Ph.D. with a major in special education and a minor in program evaluation, at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Upon graduation, Jane remained as a policy analyst at the National Center on Educational Outcomes researching the effects of educational policy on the academic performance of students with disabilities and English learners in U.S. schools. In 2005, Jane joined the faculty of Child and Family Studies where she has responsibilities in the Early Childhood Special Education Licensure/Master’s Program and the undergraduate Birth-3rd licensure program. While teaching is one of her primary passions in life, it would run second to only her grandchildren!