James Bensdorf taught for over 40 years. He received his Masters Degree in Educational Therapy in 1979 with a specialization in Learning Disabilities and Behavior Disorders from National Louis University. James is also a graduate of the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis Teacher Education Program. James taught 2nd and 3rd grade general education at Kingsley School, and has taught special education resource, K-8, for 28 years at the Martin Luther King Jr. Laboratory School. In addition, James has a private practice in Educational Therapy serving the special needs of children of all ages and teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in human development at DePaul University and Loyola University. His most current appointment was visiting professor of human development at DePaul University. James has had extensive experience as in professional development. He has spoken at major conferences throughout the United States. He supervised teachers in year long field placements in the Chicago Public Schools as practicum for certification. James was the primary consultant of special education at the Erie Charter Elementary School in Chicago. James is a winner of the 1998 Shaklee Special Education Teacher of the Year Award. He is past president of Professionals in Learning Disabilities and the Association for the Advancement of Therapeutic education. James has presented numerous times at professional conferences around the country and served on the steering committee for the Fifth International Conference on Educational Therapy. James is currently the president of the board of directors for the Tellin’ Tales Theatre company, a not for profit organization committed to inclusion.
Educational Therapist, School Consultant
834 Madison Street
Evanston, Illinois 60202