Curriculum & Instruction Department Chair
Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D.
Texas Woman's University
Dr. Tiffany Hamlett, Chair for Curriculum and Instruction department for the American College of Education. She has a Ph.D. in child development from Texas Woman’s University. She has worked in higher education for eight years in various educational fields. Her background includes early childhood education, curriculum development, and research methods. In addition she serves as a reviewer for Social Development and the Southern Early Childhood Association. Her research interests include developmentally appropriate practice, lifespan development, and constructivist-based teaching practices.
Curriculum & Instruction Assistant Department Chair
Rebecca Wiehe, Ph.D.
Kent State University
Dr. Rebecca Wiehe lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband and three children. She has been a Spanish teacher for 22 years, having taught every level from preschool through university students. In 2012, she was named Ohio's World Language Teacher of the Year. Her undergraduate degrees are in Spanish and Spanish education from Miami University, Ohio. She has a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Cincinnati, and her doctorate is in curriculum and instruction from Kent State University. She has worked extensively with both student teachers and veteran teachers as they continue their professional development.
Curriculum & Instruction Faculty
Mamzelle V.S. Adolphine, Ph.D.
Dr. Mamzelle V. S. Adolphine received her Ph.D. from Capella University in 2008. She is a New York University Honors Scholar and a Returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Mauritania, West Africa. She has worked both as a teacher and a trainer at the elementary school level. She joined American College of Education's faculty in 2010 as a professor in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. She has served on her community’s board Education committee and now serves as the facilitator for her community’s block association. Additionally, she facilitates ASTDEdge Restructuring Schools group. She enjoys hiking and cycling.
Karen E. Austin, Ed.D.
Dr. Karen E. Austin currently serves as an assistant principal with Chicago Public Schools, and professor at American College of Education. Dr. Austin’s research interests include: the effects of positive behavioral support, and teacher and leadership effectiveness on student achievement. Dr. Austin is most proud of her work focusing on appropriate practices for students with disabilities. In her spare time she enjoys serving the community through her sorority, traveling the world, and spending time with her family. Dr. Austin received her doctorate in Education from Argosy-Chicago, her master's degree from National-Louis University, and her bachelor's degree from Chicago State University.
Sherry Ayala, Ed.D.
Dr. Sherry Ayala has over 16 years of experience in education serving initially in the classroom as a primary teacher, as well as at the middle school level. She has also worked at the district level on various aspects of curriculum and professional development. And now, has transitioned to higher education to assist teachers in building their capacity as educational innovators. Her education consists of a bachelor’s degree in elementary education form Arizona State University; a master’s from Northern Arizona University in educational technology, and returning to Arizona State for her doctorate in educational administration and supervision. She is excited to be part of the ACE faculty team. She looks forward to building professional relationships with colleagues and guiding teachers in their educational journey.
Francoise Bachelder, Ph.D.
Dr. Francoise Bachelder earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University and her Master's degree in French from San Diego State University. She is originally from Montpellier, France where she received a Master's degree in Cultural Anthropology. She taught in California, in Indiana and in Ohio. She is interested in research on Diversity in Multicultural Education. She loves reading in French and in English and writes novels and poetry.
Sarah Becerra, Ph.D.
Dr. Sarah Becerra holds a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University, and she is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. She has taught college-level courses since 2004, primarily online. Areas of teaching interest are research methods, theory, multiculturalism, engagement, assessment, counseling, and human development. In addition to teaching, she works in the clinical mental health field providing consults, assessments, and referrals for clients.
Dianala Bernard, Ed.D.
Dr. Dianala Bernard is qualified to teach graduate courses in Educational Leadership, Educational Technology, Curriculum and Instruction; and undergraduate courses in Education, Business Administration, Business Leadership, Personal Finance, Critical Thinking, Humanities, Cultural Diversity and World Cultures, Management Studies, Organizational Behavior, Time Management and College Readiness. She is an achievement-oriented educator/researcher and financial professional with in-depth knowledge and experience with designing, developing, teaching, and evaluating online and onsite courses. She demonstrates the ability to provide administrative leadership in academic program planning, curriculum and instructional design, educational evaluation, and assessment and analysis. She has extensive experience mentoring and helping students develop writing and critical thinking skills. She is an effective communicator with solid credentials. She is experienced in leading cross-functional teams, and second language and cultural competency skills. Fluent in Spanish.
Ellen Brewer, Ed.D
Dr. Ellen Brewer received her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (with a major in English Language Arts and Speech Communication) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Upon graduation, she entered graduate school and worked at UA as a graduate teaching assistant in the Education and English departments. She completed her master's in Secondary English Education, and then earned certification in educational leadership and library information services from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction/curriculum development from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Brewer taught English at many levels, including grades 5-12, college composition and literature courses, and secondary education courses in ELA teaching methodologies. She has worked at numerous schools, including the Dekalb County school system in northeast Alabama, Gadsden State Community College, Snead State Community College, Georgia Highlands College, and Shorter University. She also taught high school English for the last 8 years in Rome, Georgia, but currently works as the literacy coach in grades 9-12. She completed 60 hours of reading training as part of the Alabama Reading Initiative, and was selected in 1992 and 1995 as a teacher-fellow with the National Writing Project. Dr. Brewer currently serves on the JSU Writing Project Advisory Board. She currently lives in Rome, Georgia, with her husband Jamie, her chow/lab mix Bella, and her cat, Gracie. Her hobbies include cooking, singing soprano, and spending time with her family.
Bridgette Davis, Ph.D.
Dr. Bridgette Davis is a native of southern Mississippi and an experienced world traveler. She earned a Ph.D. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in literacy and science. As a former 7th and 8th grade science teacher, Dr. Davis developed a passion for preparing teachers to reach middle and high school students. Her passion is demonstrated by her commitment to high expectations with purposeful literacy integration to meet the needs of culturally diverse students, while at the same time making meaningful instructional connections to real-life applications. Her research interests include adolescent literacy and STEM integration into content areas across the secondary school curriculum, developing low-cost tools to teach science, e-learning, authentic assessments, and classroom climate.
Dennis Debay, Ph.D.
Dr. Dennis Debay is a former high school Mathematics and Computer Science teacher and coming from a family of educators, his central, long-standing beliefs for research and teaching include creating rich learning environments for both teachers and students. He has worked to support teaching in integrating technology into classrooms, supported teachers in implementing reform-based teaching practices, helped urban, underrepresented students use technology as a tool to help further understanding of social justice and sustainability issues in their neighborhoods and has assisted in redesigning courses in the mathematics department at the University of Massachusetts – Boston, The Lynch School of Education at Boston College and Manhattanville College.
Rita Deyoe, Ph.D.
Dr. Deyoe-Chiullán taught at universities and a private bilingual school in Colombia, South America. Then, in the U.S., she taught graduate education courses for teachers and administrators for sixteen years. More recently, she taught bilingual/regular elementary/ middle school, followed by a few years as a bilingual specialist in an alternative teacher certification program. Since retiring from the Texas public schools, she teaches part-time at universities. Her scholarly efforts focus on bilingual/ESL teacher preparation, primarily as chapters in monographs for educators. Recently, she has been editing a peer-reviewed online journal, Texas English Language Teaching (TexELT) for the TexTESOL V Executive Board she serves as Publications Coordinator.
Felicia Durden, Ed.D.
Dr. Felicia Durden is an accomplished Educator with over twelve years’ experience in Education. She holds her Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Leadership, Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. Dr. Durden has taught grades K-12 and currently serves as Assistant Director of Reading and Writing in a large Urban School District in Arizona. She has taught English Composition at the College level as an adjunct instructor for over 5 years. Dr. Durden has a passion for assisting student growth in reading and writing.
Vicki Finn, Ph.D.
Dr. Vicki Finn has been an active participant within the public education arena since graduating with a BS in Education, and entering the classroom in 1997. She earned her Master’s in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, and then continued her pursuit of educational knowledge by attending the University of Texas at Dallas where she earned her Ph.D. in Public Affairs. During her stint within public education, she has served in general education, special education, campus and central administration. Her areas of research include alternative teacher certification programs, traditional degree programs, and special education.
Luster Fowler, Ph.D.
Dr. Luster Fowler is an experienced and accomplished higher education and healthcare management professional with knowledge of instructional technology, institutional and programmatic accreditation, education research, adult education, and implementation management. Well versed in fiscal management, including P&L and grant related funding. Demonstrated talent for providing leadership and vision in the planning, direction, and administration of successful courses and programs. Proven commitment to developing strategic processes, implementing resource management, and exercising judgment to meet deadlines designed to achieve overarching organizational goals.
Gail Gessert, Ph.D.
Dr. Gail Gessert earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Arizona with Major in Learning; Minor emphasizing Neuropsychology and Cognates in Research & Statistics and Computer Applications. Dr. Gessert has taught at various levels throughout her career including elementary school and for universities. She has taught doctoral candidates online for the past decade while building the company EDUindex which promotes relevant curriculum in the classroom. Her research interests, in addition to relevancy in Education, include adolescent risk taking behaviors from the perspective of egocentrism as an underlying philosophical underpinning. She has been a business executive in Marketing and Advertising concurrent to her passion for Education throughout the years as well as owns and operates her Arabian Horse Business in Southern Arizona.
Deborah Gilbert, Ed.D.
Deborah Gilbert was a South Carolina State Department of Education Curriculum Specialist for many years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in ELA and has developed many workshops and seminars involving professional learning communities, curriculum mapping and unwrapping standards, teacher as leader, program evaluation, and using data to drive school decisions. Dr. Gilbert has taught middle school and high school English and Spanish, college business communications, online leadership, curriculum, and doctoral education courses for several schools. She holds an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Technology from the University of Phoenix, and a bachelor's degree in Spanish literature from SUNY Oswego. In addition to serving on the faculty at American College of Education, she is exploring the use of virtual schools for K-12.
Crystal Gomillion, Ph.D.
Dr. Crystall Gomillion earned her Master's and Ph.D. in Science Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She is originally from Omaha, NE where she received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Biology. Before teaching in higher education, Dr. Gomillion was a middle school science teacher and is certified in elementary grades and middle school natural science. Dr. Gomillion's research endeavors focus primarily on Multicultural Science Education. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and doing crafts.
Rebecca Good, Ed.D.
Dr. Becky Good has been a teacher, campus administrator, central office administrator, school superintendent, and graduate-level university professor in both educational administration and bilingual/ESL courses. She has published both journal articles and books on current educational topics, and has an expertise in helping assistant principals become stronger instructional leaders before reaching the principalship. Dr. Good began presenting at national, state, and local conferences in 1994 and has presented over a thousand times on a variety of educational topics. Dr. Good’s current interest is in early childhood education, since she now has a toddler granddaughter who is easily able to operate an iPad.
Lesha Dawn Hickman, Ph.D.
Dr. Lesha Dawn Hickman received a B.S. in Special Education from Tennessee Technological University in 1989. She immediately started teaching school and later completed her Masters of Educational Leadership/Administration from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2001. After a three-year break, she enrolled in an on-line doctoral program and received her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University in 2007. She spent her summers at one the greatest places on earth, Camp Discovery in Gainesboro, Tennessee. She has been the director of this camp for special needs adults and children for over 7 years. Camp Discovery provides recreational activities and joy to people of all ages and all disability types. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her wiener dog. In her spare time she enjoys reading, sports, cooking and home improvement. However, the time she most cherishes is spent in her RV on the beach watching the sun set.
Keith Higa, Ph.D.
Dr. Keith Higa worked as a junior high reading teacher and elementary gifted teacher. He holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in library media, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and social foundations. Dr. Higa's research interests include the oral history of Okinawan women's Post-World War II experiences, the social construction of at-risk students, and teen fathers' educational experiences.
Amy Horn, Ed.D.
Dr. Amy Horn majored in Elementary Education during her undergraduate studies and received her Bachelors of Science in Education degree from Illinois State University. She went on to pursue her Masters of Science in Education degree at Northern Illinois University, majoring in Reading. She returned to NIU and earned her Doctor of Education degree, with a specialization in Curriculum Leadership. Currently, she is the College and Career Readiness Coordinator for Kishwaukee Education Consortium in Malta, Illinois. She gets to work with our staff, our community partners, and our students to ensure that we are preparing them to be responsible citizens and life-long learners upon graduation from high school. Prior to her current position, she taught language arts and reading classes in both public middle schools and community colleges for 12 years. Additionally, for the past seven years she has taught a variety of online courses for different universities and colleges, including courses in the fields of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership, Literacy Education, and Composition. Her students’ success in her courses, as well as in their programs, is always a top priority of hers. She continues to enjoy growing and learning with her students in this exciting and constantly evolving world of online education.
Chih-Hsin Hsu, Ed.D.
Dr. Chih-Hsin Hsu earned her doctorate in Teacher and Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University at Kingsville with academic achievement honors. She has nine years of diverse teaching experience in high school and university settings, and certifications of technology-embedded instruction and teaching effectiveness. Dr. Hsu commits to ESL/ bilingual education and teacher preparation; she has been teaching related courses in both face-to-face and online formats. Her research interests include ESL/bilingual education, teacher education, sociolinguistics, and intercultural communication. As for professional development, Dr. Hsu has presented 13 ESL and bilingual education related studies at local, regional, and national conferences in the past three years. At her leisure time, she plays tennis and enjoys outdoor activities.
Therese Kanai, Ph.D.
Dr. Therese Kanai has been involved in the field of education for over twenty years. Upon graduation from the University of Hawaii in Manoa, she moved to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and was a substitute teacher. It was then that she decided that working with children was her passion. She attended University of Hawaii-Hilo, earning her secondary teaching certification in mathematics, and then received her master's in Education from Heritage College. She earned a Ph.D. in Education from Walden University. Most recently, she has taken 18 graduate units in communications.
Katrina Landa, Ed.D.
Dr. Katrina Landa is a core faculty member at American College of Education. She taught at the elementary and high school levels, and she also supervised adult education programs in her former school district. Presently, she is an adjunct instructor for her local community college and is a director of their dual enrollment program. She received her master’s in early childhood education and ESOL from the University of Miami, and her doctorate in special education (with a minor in educational leadership) from Florida International University. She loves to read, travel, and spend time with her husband and their daughters, who are 6 years old and 7 months old, respectively.
David Mapp, Jr., Ed.D.
Dr. David Mapp, Jr. has been a social studies instructor in Pinellas County, Florida, for nearly 15 years. Along with K-12 social science certification, Dr. Mapp, colloquially called "Dr. M," holds a doctorate in instructional leadership and is certified in educational leadership. As a 2008 Teacher of the Year Award recipient in the category of Creativity and Innovation, he presents at conferences on technology and PowerPoint use in the classroom. Though Dr. M was born in the U.S., his parents have roots in the Caribbean island of St. Croix. As such, he is also an advocate for ESOL students.
Marsha Moore, Ph.D.
Dr. Marsha Moore, core faculty/MAT and T2T program coordinator, has worked in the field of education for 20 years. She holds an undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Georgia State University, a master’s degree in child development, and a doctorate degree in child development and education from Texas Woman's University. She is passionate about working with teachers. Her research interests include constructivist teacher training/staff development, child guidance, play, and diversity. She has four young children ages 4, 6, 8, and 10. They are a source of insight and enjoyment for both her and her husband. She has grown so much as a teacher and as a human thanks to them. She also enjoys running and Mental Floss magazine.
Ann Mowery, Ed.D.
Dr. Ann Mowery has had 7 years private and public elementary and middle school teaching in Arizona and Oklahoma. Two years elementary principal in Oklahoma – small city, upper socioeconomic. Eight years elementary principal in Texas Interim Middle School Principal - Delaware. Eight years’ experience as curriculum supervisor and director of curriculum and staff development in Oklahoma, and 11 years curriculum supervisor and director of instruction in Delaware.
Joel Munoz, Ed.D.
Dr. Joél Muñoz currently serves as a middle school assistant principal and an online professor. His experiences include teaching Spanish, English as a New Language, and Language Arts from kindergarten to the university level. Dr. Muñoz earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland City University, a M.Ed. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a B.A. in Spanish Education with a minor in English from Purdue University. His areas of research are Language Education, Heritage Language Education, Educational Leadership, Brain and Learning, Online Learning, and Curriculum & Instruction. He served as a committee member at the Indiana Department of Education which created the very first Heritage Language State Standards.
Joyce Myers, Ed.D.
Dr. Joyce Myers currently teaches university courses in early childhood and elementary education at several schools. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with an Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education. Additionally, she studied at Mercer University, Dallas Baptist University, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She's served as an elementary school principal, as well as a classroom teacher and children's minister. Dr. Myers is the author of an instructor's manual for a textbook in early childhood education. She and her family have lived in countries outside the U.S. for over 10 years.
Sean Nank, Ph.D.
Dr. Sean Nank earned a Ph.D. while studying at the University of California Riverside. He holds a K-12 professional clear single subject mathematics credential. He received the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). He has published two books titled "Testing over Teaching: Mathematics Education in the 21st Century" and "The Making of a Presidential Mathematics and Science Educator." He has worked with the United States Department of Education, National Science Foundation, California Department of Education, and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. He was appointed to represent the USA at ICME-12 in Korea as the mathematics assessment expert.
Lisa Portugal, Ph.D.
Dr. Lisa Marie Portugal holds a PhD in Leadership for Higher Education, MAEd in Secondary Education, and BFA in Media Arts. She is a Personal and Professional Life Coach, a peer-reviewed author, an online university professor, a PhD dissertation chair, and a Faculty Supervisor to teacher candidates. She instructs undergraduate, graduate, Ed.D. and Ph.D. coursework in the College of Education. She is published in academic journals such as Academic Leadership the Online Journal, Advancing Women in Leadership Online Journal, Distance Learning Administration (OJDLA), and Higher Education Perspectives. She is a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Instructional Research (JIR). Her expertise includes student engagement and success, Adult Learning Theory, nontraditional and at-risk learners, faculty retention, hiring practices, best practices in online learning, and emerging technology in course design and instruction.
Denita B. Scott, Ed.D.
Dr. Denita B. Scott, Ed.D. has been in the field of education for 23 years. Her current role is the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Coordinator of Dolton School District 149. Prior to working in this capacity, she was an assistant principal for an elementary and middle school, a reading coach, a Title I teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, and a classroom teacher. Dr. Scott earned three degrees in education: a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree with a concentration in reading from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Mary Strong, Ed.D.
Dr. Mary W. Strong received a doctorate from West Virginia University in Curriculum and Instruction (Reading). She holds a M.A. in Reading Supervision from West Virginia University and a B.Ed. from Duquesne University in Elementary Education. Before joining the faculty at the American College of Education, she taught at Iowa State University in the Curriculum and Instruction Department and at Widener University in the Reading Department. She coauthored a book on the topic of literacy coaching and has published over 20 other articles on literacy instruction and leadership in state, national and international journals. She is presently a board member of the Language Experience Special Interest Group in the International Reading Association and has served on the editorial review board of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Her previous public school positions include: classroom teaching at the elementary level, reading specialist at the middle school level, and elementary school principal.
Vicki Strunk, Ed.D.
Dr. Vicki Strunk earned her Ed.D. in Leadership Education from Spalding University. Her dissertation was a critical appraisal of the utility of rubrics in collegiate writing courses. She has over 20 years of experience teaching English, ethics, public speaking, sociology, logic, and critical thinking amongst other courses. Her leadership roles have included Writing Assessment Coordinator, Online Liaison, Department Chair, Interim Director, and Academic Dean. Dr. Strunk’s scholarship/publications include the state of educational delivery along with the ethical implications involved in teaching traditional, nontraditional, and ultra-nontraditional students; academicians and machine ethics; and Neo-Platonism within Victorian literature. Her research interests include learning analytics, MOOCs, and data mining.
Patricia Tobin, Ph.D.
Dr. Patricia V. Tobin earned her Ph.D. in Education; specializing in Post-Secondary and Adult Education from Capella University. She also holds a Master’s degree in Art from California State University of Fullerton and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California State University of Long Beach. Before joining American College of Education she taught in the Arizona public school system both on-ground and online for over ten years. In addition to holding an Arizona teaching certificate in grades 7-12 with a full Sheltered English Immersion endorsement and a K-12 Art endorsement, she has taught teacher education, sociology and fine art courses at the post-secondary level for eight years. Her research interests include career exploration after the doctorate as well as research regarding online learners and student success.
Rosita Tormala-Nita, Ph.D.
Dr. Rosita Tormala-Nita is fascinated by the world of philanthropy and the process of university scientists working together on action research projects for the betterment of society and humanity. In her work as sponsored research staff, she feels privileged to contribute to scientific philanthropy. She began her career in higher education within the interdisciplinary field of international studies and business administration, and years later she transitioned into the field of education. Dr. Tormala-Nita has over ten years of work experience in higher education, most recently in teaching and sponsored research. She is also a visiting scholar on a number of international projects on language politics and expanding access to higher learning for the workforce. She received her Ph.D. from Marquette University, and although she is fascinated by a broad range of research, her primary area of research interest includes access policies, meta-data analysis, and action research to promote achievement for all. In her free time, she enjoys her family travels, a good wine, and running half-marathons.
Carl Valdez, Ph.D.
Dr. Carl Valdez is trained as educator and educational psychologist. He views teaching and learning from a social and cultural perspective. He views motivation, learning, and cognition based on social and cultural interactions. He has 17 years of experience as an educational psychologist. Her focus has been in culturally relevant pedagogy, classroom practices, and bilingual education. Her research interest comes from considering how cultural backgrounds impact culturally diverse populations.
Gordon Vessels, Ed.D.
Dr. Gordon Vessels joined ACE in 2010 and has taught graduate courses since 2005. He has public school teaching experience and was a teaching and research assistant at UGA and ISU. He completed programs in education, sociology, school psychology, and leadership. His dissertation was on nonbiased assessment, and thesis was on creativity. He worked for 20+ years as a school psychologist in mostly urban schools. He authored/directed multi-school U.S. DOE grant projects and created many data collection instruments. He published Character and Community Development in 1998. He has unusual knowledge of social and moral development and building character and community.
Pamela Woods, Ed.D.
Dr. Pamela A. Woods an educator for over fifteen years, teaches college Education courses and has taught traditional K-12, adult education, and 6-12 online school teaching Fine and Commercial Arts, Photography, Marketing, and Business. Dr. Woods attended Wayne State University where she earned her Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with areas of emphasis in Art Education and Career and Technical Education, and a M.A. in Art Education. She also earned Certifications as an Educational Specialist in Art Education, in Infant Mental Health, and Gerontology from the Department of Social Work. She is certified in University Teaching from the Instructional Technology department at WSU. She earned her Masters of Science in Business Administration from Madonna University and her BFA from Michigan State University. Previously, Dr. Woods worked in the newspaper, marketing, and design industry as an artist, creative and marketing director in Detroit. Dr. Woods also writes on educational topics and enjoys oil painting.
Department of Educational Leadership Chair
Linetta Collins-Durand, Ed.D.
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Dr. Linetta Durand is the chair for the Educational Leadership department, and has more than 15 years of experience in K-12 education serving first as a health teacher for six years, and then as a science teacher for 10 years in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. She began her leadership career in 2001 as a dean of students, and has served as an assistant principal, principal, and the community school superintendent for schools in Cincinnati. Dr. Durand earned both her M.Ed. and her Ed.D. from the University of Cincinnati in educational leadership and urban educational leadership, respectively. She received her B.S. in health science education from Ohio State University. She is a licensed teacher, school principal, and superintendent in the state of Ohio. She served as CEO of Attenil, Inc., a consulting firm she began in 2001 that provides educational and diversity training workshops for school districts around the United States.
Dr. Durand's research interests include HIV and AIDS-infected youth in schools, and administrators' attitudes toward them. Tolerance, advocacy, diversity, and strategies for reaching children who live in marginalized areas are also of interest to her. She has taught at the college level since 2001, and was a member and grassroots instructor in the Master's of Educational Administration online and campus programs at the University of Cincinnati. She has public community service experience with the city of Cincinnati, serving as a board of health member for seven years at the appointment of the city mayor.
Dr. Durand is an active advocate of domestic violence awareness and HIV/AIDS prevention causes and agencies. She resides in Cincinnati with her husband and children. She believes that effective leadership must begin with serving others.
Department of Educational Leadership Assistant Chair
Sharon Spears, Ed.D.
Argosy University Chicago
Dr. Sharon Spears is the Assistant Department Chair for the Educational Leadership department. Dr. Spears has also served as Professor and Associate Director of Internships with ACE. Prior to joining the college, Dr. Spears has held roles as an administrator, teacher and mentor with Chicago Public Schools. Her educational interests include the impact of distance learning on teacher training and leadership, diversity in teaching and learning as well as urban education. Dr. Spears received her Doctorate in Education with a concentration in instructional leadership from Argosy – Chicago, Master of Education from Lewis University, and Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University.
Department of Educational Leadership Associate Director of Internships
Traci Coomer, M.Ed.
The University of Texas at Arlington
Traci Coomer, is the Associate Director of Internships for the Educational Leadership department, and joined American College of Education in 2009 as internship faculty. She is responsible for the coordination and curricular development of the educational leadership internship experience at ACE. She received her M. Ed. In Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2006 and maintains current principal certification in the state of Texas. She is currently completing her doctoral candidacy at the University of North Texas for a Ph.D. in Higher Education with expected completion in mid-2015. Her research interests include online education, higher education policy and student development. She enjoys reading for pleasure whenever possible and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
Educational Leadership Faculty
Mark Anderson, Ed.D.
Dr. Mark Anderson is an adult education practitioner with experience beginning in the Air Force and technical instruction for aircrew communications, curriculum-development, assessment, and leadership. An experienced professional with over 20 years of experience and expertise in the planning, design, implementation, and sustainability of system-wide programs, e.g. analytics, regulatory compliance, and organizational effectiveness. Experiences include start up, rapid-change, multi-site operations, Lean, Six Sigma, and other catalyst programs. Proven successes for initiatives greater than 25% of market cap. Recently accepting administrative roles in higher education as: adjunct graduate and doctoral faculty; DBA chair; dissertation chair, director of institutional effectiveness, associate VP for curriculum, assessment & research, IRB chair; and now the Vice President for Lean Higher Education at National American University, serving as a senior university leader responsible for all aspects of Lean. Mark earned an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, a MS in Organization Management from the University of La Verne, a BA, and an AAS degree from the Community College of the Air Force.
Catherine Beck, Ed.D.
Dr. Catherine Beck is an accomplished education administrator and published author with 23 years’ experience as principal in a dual language elementary and a higher education environment. Has led the dual language school in the successful implementation of second language acquisition instructional professional development. Overseen learning initiatives in high schools to maximize students passing accelerated or advanced level tests to gain admission into various college programs. Has taught GED and ESL classes to adult learners at Colorado Mountain College. Currently teach online at Concordia University Online Doctoral Program. Solid work history with a successful track record of improving student placement and college test scores. Strong leadership and learning improvement skills.
David Belding, Ed.D.
Dr. David Belding earned his Bachelor of Music Education with a minor in percussion from Texas Christian University in 1987. He earned his Master of Education and his Doctorate in Education majoring in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State University. His dissertation, “A Comparative Study of a Traditional and Non-Traditional Principal Preparation Program,” shows his interest in non-traditional delivery methods. Dr. Belding presented the results of his research at the University Council for Educational Administration in October, 2007. He has worked in Texas public schools for 27 years with four different school districts. He has served as a band director, middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, high school principal, central office administrator, and currently as Superintendent of Schools for Millsap I.S.D. During his career, Dr. Belding has been active with educational transformation efforts. He served on the Board of Directors for TxASCD and TSNAP. He was selected by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) for participation in the Future Ready Superintendent Leadership Institute in 2012. He was named by TASA as a regional transformation contact and is working with the Texas High Performing Schools Consortium. Dr. Belding led the efforts to form a consortium of 10 districts to engage in school transformation as outlined in the TASA document entitled, "Creating a New Vision for Public Schools in Texas: A Work in Progress for Future Conversation and Development." Dr. Belding has been featured as an honoree by Parker County Today Magazine as the recipient of the Roger Grizzard Teaching Award and as one of the “100 Parker County People to Meet.” He has been married to Angela for 27 years. They have three children and a daughter in law with a grandchild on the way in April, 2015.
Peggy Blood, Ph.D.
Dr. Peggy Blood has taught since 1968. She was hired by American College of Education in 2008. Her teaching interests and experience are in the areas of program evaluation, multicultural education, research ethics, curriculum and instruction, and organizational leadership and strategy. She has written and presented on at-risk students and e-learning education on comparative, international, and development education topics with emphasis in higher education. Most of all Dr. Blood loves to travel and work in her garden. Dr. Blood holds a Ph.D. in administration education; 30 credits post-graduate study, a master's in education, and a master's in fine arts. Her experiences have involved the development of new programs, credentials, and certificates.
Stephanie Burch-Bynum, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephanie Burch-Bynum has experience in the recruitment, admission, and retention of students; budget control and implementation; marketing and community outreach in higher education. She has recruited faculty to staff classes. She has acted as a liaison for students, faculty, and administration. She has given presentations at conferences and is a published author. Her doctorate of philosophy degree is in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She has held administrative and teaching positions in higher education. Her mission is to increase access to higher education and to increase educational opportunities for all.
Joyce Cooper, Ed.D.
Dr. Joyce Cooper received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change. She received her master degree in Curriculum and Instruction and master degree in Education. She is a recipient of the Principal of the Year award from The Council for Exceptional Children in 2010 and 2012. She enjoys international travel and has visited Tokyo, Japan sponsored by the Fulbright Teacher Program and Brazil.
Angela Dallas, Ed.D.
Dr. Angela Dallas has a desire to be a life-long learner. Her academic preparation began with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia College, a Masters of Education Degree in Educational Leadership & Supervision from University of West Alabama, an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from, a Doctorate of Education Degree in Instructional Leadership both from Argosy University, post graduate studies Education Leadership Superintendence tract at Arkansas State University and ESOL at Henderson State University. She has obtained 14 years of professional leadership experience, as an Administrator; Angela has also developed, implemented, and maintained professional learning communities, developed undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as 9 years of collegiate teaching experience in the bachelor, master’s and doctoral areas. Dr. Dallas is Co-author of Parent Handbook on getting Children Ready for Learning and Parental Involvement Handbook: Schools and Parents working together to improve Learning, editor of a drama novel, presented at National and International Conferences. She is also the co-author of three papers/articles published in December 2009, January 2010, and March 2010 of the Journal of Teaching and Learning and the Journal of Critical Issues in Education, Yearly family activity calendar to strengthen family literacy.
Audrey Donaldson, Ed.D.
Dr. Audrey Donaldson has 35 years of service in the field of public education. She currently is employed as an adjunct professor for American College of Education, and as an educational consultant. As the former chief officer for Chicago Public School’s Office of Teacher Recertification and Professional Standards, she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Illinois state teacher recertification guidelines for Chicago’s 28,000 teachers. Prior to this position, she served as an assistant superintendent for elementary education, a teacher, assistant principal, elementary school principal, and a high school principal. As a consultant, she's conducted an independent evaluation of the tutorial programs offered in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has worked in several school districts across the country. Academically, her qualifications include an undergraduate degree in English language arts from Loyola University, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, and a doctorate in educational leadership. She has also completed post-doctoral coursework at Western Illinois University to fulfill the requirements for her superintendent’s endorsement. She is married and is the mother of two sons. She is actively involved in the church, and holds membership in a wide range of professional organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys reality television, movies, and the theater. Her ideal weekend includes a trip to New York to catch the most recent Broadway shows.
Nita Ellis, Ed.D.
Dr. Nita Ellis is currently a school administrator with extensive, varied, and successful administrative experience. She has proven, effective, and creative leadership with a record of accomplishments due to a unique ability to build a team dedication to a common goal, objective, and vision.
David Franklin, Ed.D.
Dr. David Franklin has worked in primary and secondary schools across California. He has taught education courses at the undergraduate, Master's and Doctorate levels. He was awarded an Educator of the Year award from the California League of Schools and has been an active conference presenter across the state. He started his career in education as a music teacher and has released three albums of rock music.
Doug Funk, Ed.D.
Dr. Doug Funk, or Steven Douglas "Doug" Funk, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University, a master's degree from Tarleton State University, and was part of the dual degree program at Texas Christian University that incorporates an MBA with an Ed.D. He works at Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas, and has a song that will soon be released on iTunes.
Beverly J. Greene, Ed.D.
Dr. Beverly J. Greene currently serves as principal of a Headstart-8th grade elementary school in a large urban school district. Previous professional experiences include reading specialist, and assistant principal and curriculum coordinator. As instructional leader, Dr. Greene has provided professional development on topics including data-driven, standards-based instruction, and assessments and effective literacy practices that build instructional capacity in school faculty and staff. Dr. Greene has earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is passionate about teaching, learning and literacy.
Theresa Greene, Ed.D.
Dr. Theresa Greene has over 17 years of experience teaching at the college level in Doctorate, Masters and Bachelor programs. Currently, she instructs college courses in the area of early childhood development and teacher education. In addition, she works as an independent consultant to train instructors and provide teacher workshops for Elementary and Secondary schools. She has experience in the area of childhood and school age programs with the US Air Force for 10 years, as well as, experience with the legislature in Sacramento to bring bills pertaining to children to the Senate. In her travels with the US Air Force, she had the opportunity to visit the Reggio Emilia Schools on two separate occasions as well as attend workshops in Reggio, Italy. Her doctorate degree is in Education and Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and her Masters and Bachelor’s degrees are from California State University Sacramento in Child development and Education Administration and Policy, respectively. She worked with a Legislative group in Sacramento on bills pertaining to children and education with State Assemblymen and Senators. She has recently moved from Florida to Ventura, California and enjoy traveling, reading, and scuba diving.
Brenda Hargrove, Ed.D.
Dr. Brenda Hargrove has been an educator and lifelong learner for 22 years. She obtained all of her college degrees–bachelor's, masters and doctorate–while working mostly full-time and being a mother! Since her first travel experience in high school to Mexico and her upbringing in the south during the Civil Rights movement, she has been an advocate for cultural understanding and tolerance in the public schools. She traveled to Belize during a summer study, and completed two Fulbright Grant experiences in Argentina and Mexico.
Michelle Howard-Schwind, Ph.D.
Dr. Michelle Howard-Schwind earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of North Texas. She served five years as a middle school principal, and five years as an assistant principal. Dr. Howard-Schwind taught ESL, speech, theatre, and the arts for nine years. Dr. Howard-Schwind currently serves as a director of organizational improvement in Texas. In her life outside of education, she attempts to corral a cub scout, a ballerina, and a mechanical engineer.
Joanne Hughes, Ph.D.
Dr. Joanne Hughes has 21st century school of distinction intel, scholastic administrator principal of the Year Dallas Association of School Librarians Texas Mentor School Texas Education Agency Principal of the Year Dallas Independent School District Special Education Department Principal of the Year Dallas Independent School District Character Counts School Award Dallas Coalition on Character and Values Special Emphasis Award in Character Education United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School United States Department of Education.
Elizabeth Johnson, Ed.D.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson is an experienced educational leader with over a decade of experience in a K-12 setting. She completed her BS at Indiana University Southeast in Secondary Education, mathematics. She obtained her M.Ed. and her Ed.D. online through Jones International University, in Curriculum & Instruction, and Educational Leadership, respectively. She collaborates with the Ohio Department of Education Network of Regional Leaders, the District Leadership Team, Building Leadership Team, and Teacher Based Teams. She is currently working on education articles as well as making presentations in both Ohio and Kentucky. She has extensive experience with curriculum development, and data analysis. In her free time, she enjoys time with family, Zumba three times a week, and walking her dogs.
Patricia Krumnow, Ed.D.
Dr. Patricia Krumnow earned her bachelor's degree in secondary science and began teaching middle school in 1999. Since then, she has earned three more degrees, all in education, culminating with her doctorate in educational leadership. She has been married for ten years, and has two daughters ages eight and four.
John Kuykendall, Ph.D.
Dr. John A. Kuykendall is an Associate Professor of Higher Education. Kuykendall’s research examines college access for diverse populations; student retention and engagement in a range of activities and experiences in higher education, including intercollegiate athletics; the pre-college experiences of high school students who want to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; and the persistence of diverse graduate students toward doctoral degree attainment. He has published articles in the American Educational Research Journal and other peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as several book chapters. His bachelor’s degree in Biology is from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, master’s degree in Educational Leadership is from Christian Brothers University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education is from Indiana University.
Deborah Lee, Ed.D.
Dr. Deborah Lee has served in education for almost 30 years. She was a high school teacher for 13 years, and a high school administrator for nine years. She has been a director of the Upward Bound Program for seven years. She has been teaching with American College of Education for about four years. She has a passion for helping students, and she loves working at ACE.
Debra Mertz, DM
Dr. Debra Mertz is extremely passionate about education and is considered to be a life-long learner. She loves learning and it shows by her various 12 degrees in higher education from Business and Technology to Fire and Emergency Services and Criminal Justice. She has taught courses on ground and online and is considered to be a SME in online and distance education. She currently serves as VPAA and has served as Associate Provost, Academic Dean, and Chair over online and distance education programs and loves the changes in technology and delivery modalities. Her new learning commitment is serving as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Mertz has now joined ACE teaching in the Business and Technology Divisions. In her spare time she loves to fly, visit her sons and grandsons, rappel, and volunteer in the US Air Force CAP and SAR.
Marsha Phelps, Ed.D.
Dr. Marsha Phelps brings to American College of Education an Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University, with focus in HRD/workforce development, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, with concentrations in urban education, marketing, and finance. Blending her industry and educational experiences, Dr. Phelps served as vice president of academic affairs for a city college of Chicago, and as full-time consultant/coordinator for the Illinois State Board of Education, training teachers in the preparation of curriculum for 21st century secondary career programs. She is certified and experienced teaching grades K-12, and possesses endorsements in secondary English, cooperative education, and business, marketing & entrepreneurship. Still, she has learned more from her fifth-graders than from all of her other institutions combined!
Camille Quarterman, Ph.D.
Dr. Camilla Quarterman received her A.A. degree from Lake City Community College and transferred to Florida State University. With a great determination and self-discipline, she received her B.S. degree in criminology in 3.5 years. Because she wanted to help students before they were involved with the legal system, she enrolled in Armstrong Atlantic State University to complete her teacher certification. She began her teaching career in 1955. She went on to earn an M.Ed. and a doctorate degree. She was on the dean’s list from 1993-2005.
Karen Ratliff, Ed.D.
Dr. Karen Ratliff in her position as a National Faculty member at ACE, currently teaches various courses in the Educational Leadership department. She is a Capstone Committee Member and Internship Supervisor in the Educational Leadership department. She has contributed to the decrease in EL 503 course dropout rate from 16% to 7% and assisted professors in teaching the course, due to large enrollment. She also support the Department Chair and peers with developing the 2012 EL Program Outcomes, aligned with the ISLLC-2008 and NPBEA-2002 objectives. Additionally, she revise coursework and objectives for the EL 570 course.
Ursula Ricketts, Ed.D.
Dr. Ursula Ricketts has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Education. The experience includes educator, school counselor, school administrator, and non-profit administrator. Dr. Ricketts has a B.S. in Education, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, M.B.A, and Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Ricketts has a passion for teaching and learning and the insurance of access and equity for all learners.
Karen Rooks-Dotson, Ed.D.
Dr. Karen Rooks-Dotson received her Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, M.A.,Ed. from Governors State University, and University Park, Illinois. She received her bachelor's degree from Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois. She served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and administrator for Chicago Public Schools for 34 years. Dr. Rooks-Dotson is a published author, and is experienced in the areas of Applied Dissertation Models and Identifying Students Using School-Based Problem-Solving. She has traveled to five continents, about 40 countries, and 16 territories. She is a former 501(c) CEO who worked with teenage youth to help them develop educationally, emotionally, and socially.
Matt Silverman, Ed.D.
Dr. Matt Silverman is skilled in curriculum alignment, technology, staff development, test analysis, budgeting, staffing, grant writing, strategic planning, and implementation of best practices in instructional methodology, curriculum development, and communication with students, parents and the community. He currently holds a Type 75 - Leadership & Administration, Superintendent Endorsement, ESL Endorsement and Type 3 & 9 - Music, K-12.
William Smith, Ed.D.
Dr. William Smith has been a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle school, and high school level, and has numerous experiences in serving the needs of adult learners. He has been a leader in building-level, district-level, and state and national-level school reform. During his educational career, he has been fortunate to be a practitioner as a building principal of a large comprehensive high school; a district-level superintendent of a K-12 school district; and a theorist as the leader of an intermediate school district’s efforts to reform secondary education in one of the highest achieving counties in Michigan. His experiences include successful federal grant writing, leadership in professional education organizations, and professional development for all levels of educators. His passion for the learning process continues to fuel his drive to support others on their quest to be more impactful in the educational setting.
Felicia Steagall, Ed.D.
Dr. Felicia Steagall is a motivated, enthusiastic educator with 5+ years’ experience who endeavors to foster a cohesive student learning atmosphere for all students. An educator who has provided social and instructional intervention strategies for students a risk of failure. Also, a change agent in a high poverty, low performing school. Also, an educator who creates a curriculum that is rooted in a knowledge base ideology which draws from a variety of sources including current research and literature, national and state professional association standards, federal and state governmental guidelines, and the field of practice.
Carol Theodorou, Ed.D.
Dr. Carol Theodorou received her bachelor's from Georiga State University, and her master's and doctorate degrees in administration, continuing and higher education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She has a superintendent's endorsement, a Type 75 certificate, and a 7-12 Teaching certificate. She has moved up the administration ladder from dean/activities director to assistant principal to principal. She was a consultant with International Education Enterprises, recruiting international students for five community colleges throughout the U.S. She has conducted leadership workshops in both public and private organizations, and has been honored by the State of Illinois Directors of Activities for her years of service.
Kimberly Truslow, Ed.D.
Dr. Kimberly Truslow received an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She has served as middle school science and math teacher, math instructional specialist, middle school assistant principal, middle school principal, full-time college professor, and elementary school principal. Her current role is as elementary principal. Dr. Truslow's research interests include women in leadership and conflict management. Dr. Truslow resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and one son. Teaching at the college level provides Dr. Truslow with synergism in the work of educating all students as she gleans new knowledge from her students from around the world.
Deborah VanOurkerk, Ed.D.
Dr. Deborah VanOurkerk is a veteran educator of over thirty years teaching experience with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change. Her dissertation topic of Literacy Acquisition in At-risk Students has given her invaluable literacy expertise. She has experience teaching grades K-12 and am the Science Department Chair at her middle school. In addition to her multiple subject teaching credential, she has a Science and a Math subject matter authorization. She is a GATE certified teacher and she serves her campus as the district GATE representative. In addition, she is a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee that analyzes and promotes appropriate K-12 curriculum. She has an administrative credential and served as summer school principal for six years prior to the program’s discontinuance. She is married with two grown children. Her daughter and her husband have a girl and a boy and live close by. Her son is studying to become a firefighter. Her husband does freelance videography and video editing. They live in Southern California and enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and tennis year round.
Kristine Vowels, Ed.D.
Dr. Kristine Vowels earned a doctorate degree in supervision, curriculum, and instruction from Texas A&M-Commerce. Additionally, she has a master’s degree in educational administration with a Valid Texas Principal certification, as well as a degree in health and physical education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She also holds a Valid Texas Teaching certificate in both fields of instruction. Most recently she was the expert witness for the Texas Civil Rights project, which defended a case of a gay student who was bullied by her coaches. The TCRP won the judgment with the courts, citing her opinion as the deciding factor. This has recently led to a precedent in Texas. She is an extreme sports enthusiast.
Justin Weindorf, Ed.D.
Dr. Justin Weindorf has been teaching with ACE for the past four years and she has been able to teach all of the educational leader’s courses. She has also taught several curriculum and instruction courses, as well as serving as an internship supervisor.
David Weischadle, Ed.D.
Dr. David Weischadle is a professor of Education (emeritus) at Montclair State University in New Jersey. His professional experience and academic preparation ranged from pre-school to graduate education, from schools to community-based groups. His doctoral degree is in curriculum and instruction, which has allowed him the opportunity to teach, research, and consult in schools, colleges, state and federal governmental agencies, and other organizations and institutions. He has extensive experience in post-secondary education, elementary and secondary education, special education, at-risk children and youth programs, and early childhood education. Dr. Weischadle is also experienced in healthcare, social agencies, and community education. He has also served as a faculty fellow at Princeton University and as an adjunct professor at a number of other institutions.
Elaine Wilson, Ed.D.
Dr. Elaine Montgomery Wilson attended Alabama A&M University where she received her B.S. in Early Childhood. She was given a vision that revealed the purpose for her life and it was an understanding that all children could learn if given the right tools and the dedicated professionals. Therefore, Dr. Wilson decided to become the vessel of change. She continued to perfect her educational learning through the Master’s program in Education Administration at the University of Cincinnati. In 2005 was accepted as a graduate student in the University of Cincinnati Urban Educational Leadership doctoral program and graduated in 2008 where she received an Educational Doctoral degree. Dr. Wilson has served in an urban elementary school for 27 years. She was a third grade teacher for eleven years and presently serving as the principal at the Phoenix Community Learning Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. As she reflected on her position of being a principal for the last 17 years, Dr. Wilson is humbled to serve the children that will guide us into tomorrow. Dr. Wilson believes that as an urban educational leader it is important that one possesses integrity, a sense of ethics, trust, and can build relationships with actions that value those that one leads. In fall 2010, Dr. Wilson was honored to present a presentation for Dr. Thomas Sergiovanni entitled: Heart, Head, Hands, and Moral Authority at the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision.
Julius Wynn, Ed.D.
Dr. Julius Wynn has 25 years of experience in public education in Pinellas County Florida. He has been married for 26 years to his wife, Tonya. He has a son and two daughters; two are still in college and one has completed both her bachelor's and master’s degrees.
Department of Digital Learning and Teaching Chair
Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D.
Texas Woman's University
Dr. Tiffany Hamlett, Chair for Curriculum and Instruction department for the American College of Education. She has a Ph. D. in child development from Texas Woman’s University. She has worked in higher education for eight years in the various educational fields. Her background includes early childhood education, curriculum development, and research methods. In addition she serves as a reviewer for Social Development and the Southern Early Childhood Association. Her research interests include Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Lifespan Development and constructivist based teaching practices.
Department of Digital Learning and Teaching Program Coordinator
Jacqueline Cahill, Ph.D.
Dr. Jacqueline Cahill is the program coordinator for Digital Learning and Technology and has an incredible passion for education in the 21st century. She earned her Ph.D in e-learning and education technology, her master's in curriculum and instruction, and her bachelor's in special education. Dr. Cahill is in her 16th year as an educator, and she currently focuses on contracts in instruction, curriculum development, leadership, subject-matter-expert, research, publications, presentations, and instructional design. You are welcome to view more about her professionally on LinkedIn.
Digital Learning and Teaching Faculty
Cathryn Chellis, Ed.D.
Dr. Cathryn Chellis received her doctorate from Concordia University Chicago. She earned an M.A. in adult learning and a B.S. in early and middle childhood education from The Ohio State University. Cathryn has over 25 years’ experience in K-12 and higher education. Her experience includes teaching, instructional design, professional development, educational technology, and administration in education and business and industry. Cathryn has taught courses in administration, instructional design, and technology. She has presented at state, national, and international conferences on topics including blended teaching & learning, instructional design, professional development, Web 2.0, and media literacy. Cathryn’s research interests include preparing faculty to teach online.
Judy Donovan, Ed.D.
Dr. Judy Donovan began her career in education in south central Los Angeles. She initially taught 9th grade math on an emergency (alternative) certification, then taught secondary English. Dr. Donovan earned certification as a Library Media Specialist and was happy teaching teachers how to integrate media into instruction for over ten years. When the Internet/computer boom hit schools, Dr. Donovan moved to higher education. She has been teaching instructional technology to undergraduate and graduate students for nine years. Dr. Donovan is active in research in the field, as well as service. She has a number of publications and hold offices in local and national instructional technology organizations. Dr. Donovan has also been a consultant for numerous school districts and state organizations in the areas of integrating technology into learning. Dr. Donovan is a lifelong learner who holds Master degrees in Library Information Systems, Educational Leadership, Early Childhood, and Business Administration. Her doctorate is in Instructional Technology and Distance Learning and her research focuses on online learning, change acceptance in technology, technology integration to improve learning and more.
Tim Florian, Ed.D.
Dr. Tim Florian has earned an Ed.D. from Walden University in Teacher Leadership, an M.A. in Secondary Education from University of Phoenix, as well as a B.S. in Economics from Northern Arizona University. He has been teaching for over 20 years in a variety of settings. From Business Education on the Navajo Reservation, ESL in Xin Jin, China, to social studies in Parker, Colorado, Tim's variety gives him a unique perspective on teaching and learning. Tim’s area of research is in the integration of technology in education and has been a featured presenter in several technology conferences in Colorado. He has been an instructor at American College of Education since 2014.
Brian Grimshaw, Ed.D.
Dr. Brian Grimshaw is an intrinsically motivated, lifelong learner who is goal oriented with exceptional self-motivation, organization, time management, and technology skills. He has experience teaching all grades K-12 as well as bachelor and master level learners in the subjects of education, information technologies, visual arts, art history, and computer programming. He also serves as an education consultant.
Terrance Harrington, Ph.D.
Dr. Terrance Harrington has attained his B.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees with emphasis in business and education. He has piloted courses for students with various learning disabilities and has worked on the development of an interactive math tutorial for the University of Alabama. He has served as an instructor, a Cold Fusion programmer, a course developer, a technical supervisor and as a systems administrator. He has published an article on faculty uses of and attitudes toward learning management systems and published a dissertation on model faculty engagements with an online technology. He loves to cook, read, and hike and is in the process of learning both Japanese and Korean languages.
Susan Hart, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Hart is skills in the area of instructional design from analysis through implementation and project management. She has designed instruction for and taught in corporate education, higher education, and secondary public schools. Her involvement in the global implementation of large, comprehensive, curricula is a professional high point. Dr. Hart has also researched, published, and presented on the integration of technology into schools and curricula. She has earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Technology from Wayne State University, a Masters of Healthcare Administration from Brigham Young University, and Bachelors of Arts degrees in English and History from Michigan State University.
Maryann Lamer, Ph.D.
Dr. Maryann Lamer has been involved in the field of education for more than 14 years teaching adult learners. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Tulsa, a Masters in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, a Master’s in Business from Southern Nazarene University and a Ph.D. in Education from Oklahoma State University. Her research interests lie in occupational education, adult learning strategies and student retention.
Paul Lucas, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Lucas holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of Dayton, an Ed.S. degree from Wright State University in Curriculum and Staff Development an M.S.Ed. in Reading Education from Bowling Green State University. For his undergraduate work, Dr. Lucas completed his double major in English and drama at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Lucas has taught Research Methods, Reading Education and Learning Theory at the colligate level. He has also taught secondary English and speech. Dr. Lucas has published for Instructor Magazine, Ohio English Journal, Leadership and Organization Development Journal, Mark Twain Journal and has presented his research regarding training mythology at the American Aeronautics and Astronautics Annual Conference, San Diego, California. Dr. Lucas holds licenses for Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Supervisor, High School Principal, Elementary Principal, Personnel Administration, Educational Research and Instructional Services. Most recently, Dr. Lucas served as the Director of Instructional Technology in the largest district in Ohio. While serving in this position, he was nominated for CIO of the Year by Teaching and Learning magazine.
Rebekah McPherson, Ph.D.
Dr. Rebekah McPherson holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from The University of North Texas in curriculum and instruction with a minor in educational computing, along with a master's degree in computer education and cognitive systems with an emphasis in instructional systems technology. Her undergraduate B.A.F. in graphic design is from Baylor University. She is a state of Texas certified Master Technology Teacher, and also holds standard Texas teaching certificates in technology applications and technology education, along with an endorsement for English as a Second Language. Dr. McPherson has six years of teaching experience at the middle school and high school levels, and two years of university experience.
Angie Parker, Ph.D.
Dr. Angie Parker background began with a Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Arizona State University. Upon receipt of that degree, she started conducting research on successful online retention strategies for students and methodologies to inspire and motivate faculty. That research led to her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. She has served as a Dean of Academic Affairs, and also Dean of Education. In 2009, she was awarded the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to research distance education in the five major universities on the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The final paper was presented to the South African Department of Education in Cape Town and also at several conferences in the United States. Continued research on those very important topics will always be a part of her interests in education. She has had the honor of working with doctoral students in education. She has not only served on committees but has also chaired doctoral committees. Topics for research on dissertations has been in education and focused on aspects of online learning.
Jennifer Summerville, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Summerville currently serves as the Associate Dean, Distance Learning for a large community college in the Dallas area. She is the primary learning officer over the areas of online learning and technology-centered learning. Her team provides learning technology support for faculty, staff and students with enrollments approaching 26,000 students. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Educational Technology and Instructional Design for the American College of Education, which are fully online programs. Previously, Jennifer was the Manager of Learning Technologies for a multi-billion dollar, multi-national company specializing in call center/customer service support. Prior to returning to the corporate world, she was an Associate Professor of Instructional Design at University of North Carolina at Wilmington, teaching graduate-level courses in the Masters of Instructional Technology program. From 1997 until the summer of 2003, Dr. Summerville taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses for the department of Instructional Design and Technology at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. She is an award-winning instructor, has published three textbooks as well as numerous journal articles and has presented at local, national and international conferences. Dr. Summerville specializes in Instructional Design, Instructional Media Design and Web-based/Distance Learning Design and Development. Her research interests include interests learner-centered and policy issues in online and distance education, cognitive and personality issues in the design and development of instruction in both corporate and educational environments.
Barbara Yalof, Ed.D.
Dr. Barbara Yalof holds a doctorate in educational technology and e-learning from Northcentral University. She has taught and co-led courses and workshops involving the use of technology for teachers and is interested in how to harness technology and Web tools for active learning. She has many years of experience as an art teacher, and as a commissioned and exhibiting artist. She has produced digital graphics and illustrations. She is Academic Administrative and Technology Support Specialist at Harcum College near Philadelphia, PA, and adjunct faculty at American College of Education's Master's Degree program in Digital Learning and Teaching.
Ed.D. and Ed.S. Program Coordinator
Crystal Neumann, DBA
University of Phoenix
Dr. Crystal Neumann, is the Ed.D. and Ed.S. Program Coordinator who has worked in the marketing and market research field, hoping that one day she could work in higher education to work with and motivate adult learners. Dr. Neumann holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She previously taught marketing and public relations in Germany. Dr. Neumann has worked as an administrator within higher education and loves teaching courses. She enjoys being a part of every learner’s journey and seeing their growth throughout the program. Her research interests are in leadership, marketing, and higher education. She has published in many journals and presented at several national and international conferences.
Doctor of Education and Education Specialist Program Faculty
Jerry Ausburn, Ed.D.
Dr. Ausburn is currently serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Hamshire-Fannett ISD where he directs curriculum and instruction, state and federal programs, student services, district testing, professional development, new teacher orientation, substitute teacher training, and media relations. At the college and university level, Dr. Ausburn has experience in the collaborative development of program proposals and master’s courses including organizational leadership, designing/leading professional development, and achievement/accountability. He is also currently developing doctoral courses in organizational behavior and culture, communications and advocacy for leaders, and partnerships and community. Dr. Ausburn is highly experienced with facilitating the comprehensive needs assessment process for schools, improving the district and campus improvement planning process, and crisis management planning and recovery. With 23 years of educational experience serving as an assistant superintendent, adjunct professor, regional educational service center specialist, consultant, guest speaker, high school and elementary principal, science and health teacher, and as a coach, Dr. Ausburn has consistently led schools in maximizing resources and improving student achievement in diverse school communities. Dr. Ausburn completed his doctorate at Texas A&M University working under the legendary Dr. John Hoyle in the department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.
Jason Caudill, Ph.D.
Dr. Jason Caudill holds a PhD in Instructional Technology and has an extensive history of scholarship publishing and presenting on topics of online education and technology management. He has been at ACE since 2011 and has been teaching online and on-ground in Business disciplines since 2003.
Don Demoulin, Ed.D.
Dr. Don Demoulin has experience in education from 1975 to 1986 as an elementary school teacher, elementary school principal, and district superintendent. Since 1987, he has been a professor in higher education currently serving ACE as core faculty and an education and business consultant (www.dmoandassociates.com). During his higher education tenure, he has published more than 150 articles, books, and technical manuscripts, and has made over 250 research presentations across the United States and in 11 countries. He has received numerous honors and recognitions for his research involving early childhood self-concept development, for his research in the use of personalization to enhance reading skills, for his distance-learning/technology training, online curriculum development, for his leadership development training and for his national seminars on violence prevention strategies for schools.
Kim Ochs, Ph.D.
Dr. Kim Ochs works with students in the Ed.D. and Ed.S. programs in Leadership. Since 2013 she has written and taught courses in research methods, grants writing, management of financial resources, strategic planning, and global perspectives. She has a Ph.D from the University of Oxford, and bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston College.
Erin Ottmar, Ph.D.
Dr. Erin Ottmar received her PhD in Ed Psych: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia in 2011, with specializations in Mathematics Education, School Interventions, and Social and Emotional Learning. Her teaching and research interests integrate the areas of learning and development, teacher education, and cognitive psychology; and aim to understand how high quality teacher instruction, technology, and classroom environments can promote learning in children in mathematics classrooms. Previously, she taught elementary and middle school abroad in Japan and Ecuador.
Sandra Quiatkowski, Ph.D.
Dr. Sandra Quiatkowski, Director of Library earned her Ph.D. from Loughborough University. She has more than 20 years of experience in libraries and education, working in K-12, university and healthcare settings. Her first professional positions were in academic libraries. She taught ESL for several years overseas, and started several libraries at a K-12 school while holding the position of Director of Libraries. She worked as Library Director at a medical complex containing four hospitals with more than 1,000 beds. In addition, she started a medical school library from scratch during her tenure there and also taught at the medical school. While overseas, she lectured at numerous symposiums and conferences. She joined American College of Education in 2011 as Library Director.
Health and Wellness Education Faculty
Amanda Hinson-Enslin, MPH
Amanda M. Hinson-Enslin received her bachelor’s degree at Texas Woman’s University in dental hygiene. She practiced in private practice for seven years while perusing a Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNT HSC) and a Ph.D. in Health Studies from Texas Woman’s University. She has researched the clinical service characteristics and initiation of the human papillomavirus vaccination series in an academic clinic setting at UNT HSC as well as periodontal health and the perception of treatment versus actual treatment needs based on National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2004 data. Her current research topics are periodontal disease and its correlation to obesity and obesity related diseases among adults, youth and children; depression among college students and their health promotion habits; results and impacts of cyberbullying.
David Reed, MSN
David Reed was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA most famous for the Philadelphia Eagles, Philly Cheese Steak and the soft pretzel. After spending the majority of his years up north he decided he had enough of the snow and relocated to sunny Florida. She obtained his undergraduate degree, BS in Business Management while in the military. After completing his military enlistment he decided to shift gears obtaining an Associate’s Degree, AAS in Nursing. He then chose to continue his educational pursuits by obtaining his graduate degree, MSN in Informatics from Walden University. She entered the healthcare profession working in the operating room while in the United States Air Force. Working as a nurse in a hospital located in Philadelphia he was introduced to the field of Informatics and became fascinated with the impact technology was making in healthcare. She relocated to Florida and accepted a position as Nursing Informatics Coordinator for the hospital. Her responsibilities included project management, EHR implementations, training support, planning and development of educational programs, and management of educational process for Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE). The Nurse Informatics position is a unique role as you function as the liaison between Information Technology (IT) and the end-user. She also served as a consultant for several consulting firms involving EHR implementation projects focusing on nursing workflow processes. In what I consider his spare time he referees basketball at the college and high school levels. He also enjoys fishing the waters of Florida and traveling throughout the country with his wife.
Gretchen Hutchinson, MSN
Gretchen Hutchinson is an adjunct instructor at the American College of Education (ACE). She has been working in nursing and health care educational programs since 2010. Mrs. Hutchinson has a great love for both education and nursing. Mrs. Hutchinson has been a Registered Nurse for the past 23 years with experience in nursing administration, hospice, home health care, emergency room and quality assurance. Besides working at ACE, she is the Director of Nursing at the local hospital. Ms. Hutchinson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau/Omicron Delta Chapter, American Nurses Association and NADONNA. Mrs. Hutchinson completed her BSN in 2006 and her MSN/Ed in 2010; both through online education programs. Mrs. Hutchinson is married with five sons, two daughters-in-law and one precious granddaughter. She enjoys gardening, fishing, and boating, reading and spending time with her family.