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Doug Van Oort

Education Careers/Disabilities Services Careers

Cedar Hall 223









The majority of my professional career has been devoted to working with people with disabilities, primarily in K-12 special education. I have been fortunate to have sampled a wide variety of related jobs, such as adaptation specialist, resource teacher supporting college students with disabilities, special education teacher, adapted physical education teacher, work experience coordinator, paraeducator trainer, and crisis intervention trainer (Mandt). In addition, I’ve been a recreation director and a college volleyball coach.

Teaching at Kirkwood Community College is a thrill for me! The college in general is widely recognized as one of the most progressive community colleges in the country, and our Education Careers and Disabilities Services Careers programs, the two programs in which I teach, are highly respected for producing students who are well-prepared to enter these careers. And while this next statement may sound corny, I sincerely believe it. Having the opportunity to come to class each day, meeting with and preparing motivated and caring future educators and service providers, is truly a great honor.

My wife Mary Kay and I have two sons, Jake and Adam. Mary Kay teaches at Kirkwood as an adjunct instructor and volunteers extensively at our boys’ schools and at the YMCA. She and I coached the Mount Mercy College and Kirkwood volleyball teams together and have conducted nearly 200 volleyball camps throughout the state over the years. Jake and Adam enjoy sports, and I have been a volunteer coach for several of their teams. Our family loves to read, play cards, camp, canoe, golf, and play tennis and other sports together.

My interests include spending time with my family, golf, politics, gardening and landscaping, home repairs, and outdoor activities and sports.

Looking forward to seeing you in class!


Special Education Supervisor/Coordinator Certification

University of Kansas, 2003

Master of Science Degree, Rehabilitation Counseling

Drake University, 1986

Special Education Certification

Drake University, 1984

Bachelor of Science Degree, Education

Northwest Missouri State University, 1977


Assistant Professor – Education Careers and Disabilities Services Careers Kirkwood Community College 2003-present

Adaptations Specialist, Paraeducator Training Facilitator, & Mandt Coordinator Lawrence Public Schools, Lawrence, KS 2001-2003

  • Adaptations Specialist
  • Supported K-12 teachers in adapting curriculum & instruction to facilitate inclusion of students with learning differences
  • Paraeducator Training Facilitator
  • Wrote & implemented training curriculum for district’s special education paraeducators
  • Mandt Coordinator/Trainer (crisis intervention system)
  • Coordinated district’s Mandt training & documentation
  • Trained staff in Mandt crisis intervention system

Instructor/Coordinator, Making A Difference Federal Grant Project, Kirkwood Community College 2000-2001

  • Coordinated federal grant designed to attract high school students & paraeducators to special education careers, provide courses meeting state paraeducator certification requirements, and provide career ladder for paraeducators pursuing teaching
  • Taught courses in Disabilities Services Careers

College Resource Teacher, VITAL Program, Kirkwood Community College 1990-1999

  • Provided resource support for college students with disabilities

Work Experience Coordinator, Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Cedar Rapids, IA 1986-90

  • Supported students with disabilities in transition from high school to adult life (assessed career interests; provided career counseling; taught self-advocacy & job seeking/keeping skills; placed & monitored students in community work sites; & helped students access post-secondary work, education, & services

College Instructor – Adapted Physical Education (adjunct), Buena Vista College (Marshalltown Center), Marshalltown, IA 1984-85

Special Education Teacher - Secondary, Pleasant Hill School, Marshalltown, IA 1983-85

Adapted Physical Education Teacher (K-12), Pleasant Hill School, Marshalltown, IA 1978-83

Recreation Director, Hope Haven, Rock Valley, IA 1977-78


Head Volleyball Coach, Kirkwood Community College 1996-97, 1999

  • First VB coach in school history; started program
  • 119-26 W/L record
  • National Qualifiers 1st season (‘96); 5th in nation NJCAA D-I (‘97)
  • National Junior College Coach of the Year – 1996 (voted by American Volleyball Coaches Association)

Head Volleyball Coach, Mount Mercy College 1990-93

  • Conference champions – 1991, 1992, 1993
  • Conference Coach of the Year – 1991, 1992, 1993
  • Mount Mercy College Coaching Hall of Fame Inductee – 2002