Nathern Okilwa


     

Biography


Nathern Okilwa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Okilwa earned his PhD in Educational Policy and Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the ranks of higher education, Okilwa’s experience and commitment to education spans 13 years of general and special education teaching in K12 settings across a variety of sociocultural contexts.

Okilwa taught for six years in a rural farming community school in western Kenya. After his master’s degree in special education from the University of Wyoming, Okilwa taught K12 special education in two different school districts in Wyoming. While teaching at the high school in Laramie, WY, Okilwa helped design, implement, and coordinate a program for students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities. Furthermore, in Austin, TX, Okilwa taught students at the Alternative Learning Center; suspended from their home schools for a variety of infractions. These professional experiences as well as personal background have shaped Okilwa’s scholarly interests and commitment to educational outcomes for disadvantaged or marginalized students.