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Cheryl D. Watkins

Cheryl D. Watkins

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Science in Education Program


Cheryl Watkins has been teaching for the MSED program since 2016 but took took a break for a couple of years. She returned in 2022. 

Cheryl has been working in P-12 learning since 1988 with a focus on high quality instruction, school leadership, equitable access to education and specialized education. She prepares teacher leaders because they hold the key to the future of students who will then impact schools and classrooms and ultimately change the world.

When she is not teaching an MSED course, she is in seminary with hopes of becoming a hospital chaplain. And, when not taking classes, she conducts professional learning sessions on emotional intelligence, leadership and issues of race and equity in education for school districts in Illinois.


  • PhD, Special Education, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MEd, Special Education (Vocational Education), University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BA, Special Education (EMH), Chicago State University