Co-Director of Special Education
Assistant Professor of Special Education
on faculty since 2010
M.Ed., Graceland University, Independence, Missouri, 2010
B.A., Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, Illinois, 2005
Professional and Personal Interests
“I believe that students with disabilities have the right to have access to high-quality teachers, high-quality curriculum, and most of all, have access to ways in which they can show they have learned and grown.” For Rebecca Harkema, access is the key issue in the field of education.
With six years of experience in the field and a master’s of education in differentiated instruction, Harkema’s passion for special education is palpable. Her strong faith and commitment to diversity only serve to enhance her love for the field and her influence in the classroom.
“I believe that all of the students that I have worked with have been placed very purposefully by God for me to work with. When you think of teaching in that light, the profession suddenly becomes an even higher calling than thought of before,” said Harkema. “As a Christian educator, I am called to be the voice for my students and to advocate for their rights as students and as valued children of the Savior.”
Harkema’s experience has taught her a strong appreciation for diversity, and she recognizes the key role of diversity in her profession. “The very nature of my profession, special education, is a love and compassion for diverse populations of students,” she said, and her goal is to “prepare and inspire future special education teachers to have a passion and love for diversity.”
Before joining the faculty at Trinity, Harkema taught in a learning disabilities resource room, tutored at the Sylvan Learning Center, and taught in a 3rd-5th grade classroom for students with mild to moderate disabilities.
- Academic Wellness
- Communication and Collaboration
- Contemporary Issues
- Critical Issues in Special Education
- General Methods
- Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Learning Disabilities Association of America
“Co-teaching in Clinical Placements,” with Rhoda Mattson. Hoover School, Calumet City, IL.
“Differentiated Instruction: Strategies You Can Use on Monday!” Markham School District, Markham, IL.
“Autism Spectrum Disorders in the College Classroom: Easy and Effective Strategies.” Trinity Christian College, Palos Heights, IL.