At Johnson & Wales University’s Graduate school, Denise DeMagistris focuses on teacher preparation for special education. Her courses include Family and Community Engagement, Fundamentals of Research and Introduction to Learning and Teaching in American Society.
DeMagistris has over two decades of experience teaching students with mild, moderate and multiple disabilities. She worked in the Glocester school district as a Language Arts coordinator, second grade teacher and Special Education teacher. That led to her becoming a Rhode Island skills commission trainer, helping elementary and secondary teachers improve their teaching methods. This continues to influence her work at JWU preparing well-trained special educators who are critically needed in school systems nationwide. DeMagistris' Rhode Island certifications include Life Professional Teacher of elementary Grades (K-6), Life Professional Reading Specialist/Consultant (K-12), Life Professional Early Childhood Special Educator, Life Professional Special Educator- Elementary/Middle Level and Professional Special Educator-Severe and Profound. She belongs to the Rhode Island Center for School Leadership Advisory Board, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Council for Exceptional Children, RI Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Central Falls High School Stakeholders Group and Education in Action Advisory Board.