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Tiffany Hamlett, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning

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.

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Rebecca Wiehe, Ph.D.

Academic Curriculum Director, Department of Teaching and Learning

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.

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Mamzelle Adolphine, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Mamzelle 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.

Dr. Adolphine 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.

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Karen E. Austin, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Sherry Ayala, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

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.

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Francoise Bachelder, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Francoise Bachelder earned her Ph.D. 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.

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Sarah Becerra, Ph.D.

National Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Ellen Brewer, Ed.D

National Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Ellen Brewer received her B.S. 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.

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Bridgette Davis, Ph.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Dennis Debay, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

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.

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Rita Deyoe, Ph.D.

National Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Felicia Durden, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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 B.A. 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.

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Luster Fowler, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare

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.

Dr. Fowler is well versed in fiscal management, including P&L and grant related funding. He has a demonstrated talent for providing leadership and vision in the planning, direction, and administration of successful courses and programs. Dr. Fowler also demonstrates proven commitment to developing strategic processes, implementing resource management, and exercising judgment to meet deadlines designed to achieve overarching organizational goals.

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Lesha Dawn Hickman, Ph.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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. The time she most cherishes is spent in her RV on the beach watching the sun set.

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Keith Higa, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Amy Horn, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Chih-Hsin Hsu, Ed.D.

Instructional Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Hsu earned her doctorate with academic achievement honors in teacher and bilingual education from Texas A&M University at Kingsville. She has 12 years of diverse teaching experience in high school and university settings, and certifications of technology-embedded instruction and teaching effectiveness.

Dr. Hsu is committed to ESL/bilingual education and teacher preparation, teaching related courses in both face-to-face and online formats. Her research interests include ESL/bilingual curriculum design, teacher education, sociolinguistics, and intercultural communication.

Dr. Hsu has published three peer-reviewed articles and given four presentations at national conferences in the past three years. She not only serves on doctoral dissertation committees, but also on the curriculum and assessment committee to contribute to curriculum and assessment development. In her leisure time, she plays tennis and enjoys outdoor activities.

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Therese Kanai, Ph.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Katrina Landa, Ed.D.

Administrative Faculty, Teaching and Learning
English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Program Coordinator

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.

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David Mapp, Jr., Ed.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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. Mapp was born in the U.S., his parents have roots in the Caribbean island of St. Croix. Thus, he is also an advocate for ESOL students.

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Marsha Moore, Ph.D.

Administrative Faculty, Teaching and Learning
Master of Arts in Teaching and Transition to Teaching Program Coordinator

Dr. Marsha Moore 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 children, and 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.

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Ann Mowery, Ed.D.

National Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Ann Mowery has taught for seven years in private and public elementary and middle schools in Arizona and Oklahoma. She spent two years as an elementary principal in Oklahoma; eight years as an elementary principal in Texas Interim Middle School Principal, Delaware; eight years as curriculum supervisor and director of curriculum and staff development in Oklahoma, and 11 years as a curriculum supervisor and director of instruction in Delaware.

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Joyce Myers, Ed.D.

National Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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 more than 10 years.

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Sean Nank, Ph.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Lisa Portugal, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Lisa Marie Portugal holds a Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education, M.A.Ed. in Secondary Education, and B.F.A in Media Arts. She is a personal and professional life coach, a peer-reviewed author, an online university professor, a Ph.D. dissertation chair, and a faculty supervisor to teacher candidates.

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.

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Dora Renaud,

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dora Renaud currently serves as an administrator in Dallas Independent School District. She completed her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in professional education and a specialization in bilingual education at Texas Woman’s University. She completed her Master of Science in Reading from Texas A&M Commerce, and a doctorate in education administration from University of Texas, Austin, in the Cooperative Superintendency Program.

She has worked as a bilingual teacher, reading specialist, and coordinator of curriculum, and has been an adjunct professor with University of Texas, Arlington, providing instruction to teachers of Dallas ISD in all areas of literacy. She has extensive experience in curriculum frameworks such as International Baccalaureate, Personalized Learning and Dual Language.

Her philosophy of education is "Learning is the prize,” which means that motivation should be intrinsic and educators must encourage students to view learning as the main goal. She has a strong passion for learning new languages.

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Denita B. Scott, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Denita B. Scott, Ed.D. has been in the field of education for many years. She is currently assistant superintendent of student learning and programs. Previously, she was an NCLB coordinator, assistant principal for an elementary and middle school, a reading coach, a Title I / reading recovery teacher, and a classroom teacher. Dr. Scott has earned three degrees in education: a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Roosevelt University in Chicago. 

Dr. Scott has a strong passion for improvement of student achievement, and is a catalyst for change. Specifically, she created the Curriculum Planning Council, which brings all stakeholders together to make decisions about curriculum, instruction, and assessment. In addition, she was instrumental in bringing a new middle school social studies textbook with online access to the students.
 
Dr. Scott served as an adjunct professor at Chicago State University in Chicago. She was a presenter for the Illinois Principals Association and the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity Conference. In addition, she is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), The Thornton Township Teaching and Learning Program (TTTLP), the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), International Literacy Association (ILA), Illinois Reading Council (IRC), South Suburban Reading Council (SSRC), and the Data for School Innovation Advisory Board (DSI).

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Mary Strong, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

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 co-authored 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.

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Vicki Strunk, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Patricia Tobin, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Carl Valdez, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Gordon Vessels, Ed.D.

Senior Core Faculty and Dissertation Research Reviewer, Teaching and Learning

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 non-biased 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.

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Pamela Woods, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

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.

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Traci Coomer, Ph.D.

Internship Coordinator

Traci Coomer 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.

 

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Mark Anderson, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

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.

 

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Catherine Beck, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

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.

She has led the dual language school in the successful implementation of second language acquisition instructional professional development. Catherine has also overseen learning initiatives in high schools to maximize students passing accelerated or advanced level tests to gain admission into various college programs.

She taught GED and ESL classes to adult learners at Colorado Mountain College, ad currently teaches online at Concordia University Online Doctoral Program. Catherine has a solid work history with a successful track record of improving student placement and college test scores, as well as strong leadership and learning improvement skills.

 

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Peggy Blood, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

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.

 

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Joyce Cooper, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Joyce Cooper received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change. She received her masters degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, and 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.

 

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Angela Dallas, Ed.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Angela Dallas enjoys being 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.

 

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Audrey Donaldson, Ed.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Audrey Donaldson has 35 years of service in the field of public education. She is currently working 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. 

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Nita Ellis, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

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 dedicated to a common goal, objective, and vision.

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Michelle Howard-Schwind, Ph.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Joanne Hughes, Ph.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Elizabeth Johnson, Ed.D.

Instructional Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Patricia Krumnow, Ed.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

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 is married, and has two daughters.

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Deborah Lee, Ed.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Leadership

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 a passion for helping students, and she loves working at ACE.

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Marsha Phelps, Ed.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Marsha Phelps has 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!

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Camilla Quarterman, Ph.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Karen Ratliff, Ed.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Karen Ratliff has contributed to the decrease in EL 503 course dropout rate from 16 percent to 7 percent, and assisted other professors in teaching the course due to large enrollment. She also supported the department chair and peers with developing the 2012 EL Program Outcomes, aligned with the ISLLC-2008 and NPBEA-2002 objectives. Additionally, she revises coursework and objectives for the EL 570 course.

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Karen Rooks-Dotson, Ed.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Matt Silverman, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

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.

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William Smith, Ed.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Deborah VanOurkerk, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Justin Weindorf, Ed.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Justin Weindorf has been teaching with ACE for more than four years. He has also taught several curriculum and instruction courses, as well as serving as an internship supervisor.

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David Weischadle, Ed.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Elaine Wilson, Ed.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Julius Wynn, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

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.

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Brian Grimshaw, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

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.

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Terrance Harrington, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

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.

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Paul Lucas, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

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.

 

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Rebekah McPherson, Ph.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

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.

 

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Angie Parker, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Angie Parker's 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.

 

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Jennifer Summerville, Ph.D.

National Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

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. 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. 

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Barbara Yalof, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

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.

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Crystal Neumann, DBA

Chair, Department of Leadership

Dr. Crystal Neumann has previously worked in the marketing and market research fields before she transitioned to 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, and worked as an administrator and instructor within higher education.

She has been published in several journals, and has presented at several national and international conferences. Her research interests are in leadership, marketing, and higher education. She enjoys being a part of every learner’s journey and seeing their growth throughout the program.

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Imani Akin, Ed.D

Administrative Faculty and Academic Curriculum Director, Leadership

Dr. Akin is a faculty member who teaches and supports doctoral students in the Ed.D. and Ed.S program, and has taught in higher education for over five years. She supports educators and schools districts nation-wide by developing and facilitating professional development workshops as a faculty member for ASCD.

She maintains a current teaching license in Illinois and Indiana, and has served in elementary and high schools of charter, parochial, and public schools within urban and suburban school districts, supporting exceptional learners as a case manager and department head of special education.

Dr. Akin values collaboration, and currently chairs the High Quality Online Teaching and Learning Committee of AACTE. Dr. Akin earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Phoenix, an M.S. in special education from Chicago State University, an elementary education teacher license from Governor State University, and a B.A. in communications from DePaul University.

In addition to collaboration, her research interests include leadership, special education, teacher education, and teaching and learning. Dr. Akin presents her research at national and international conferences and publishes in academic journals.

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Jerry Ausburn, Ed.D.

Assistant Dean, Faculty Engagement & Programs

Dr. Jerry Ausburn earned his doctorate in educational administration from Texas A&M University, working under the legendary Dr. John Hoyle in the department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.

Dr. Ausburn also attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. He has extensive experience in higher education working for American College of Education under the direction of Dr. Lana Sloan in the collaborative development of program proposals, and new doctoral and master’s courses.

Dr. Ausburn brings 24 years of experience from diverse P-12 public school settings, most recently serving as an assistant superintendent in Texas directing curriculum and instruction, state and federal programs, student services, assessment and accountability, professional development, new teacher orientation, substitute teacher training, and media relations.

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Jason Caudill, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Jason Caudill holds a Ph.D. 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.

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Don Demoulin, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

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 recognition 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.

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Maryann Lamer, Ph.D.

National Faculty, Leadership

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 master's 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.

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Sandra Quiatkowski, Ph.D.

Director, ACE Library

Dr. Sandra Quiatkowski 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.

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Gretchen Hutchinson, MSN

Core Faculty, Nursing

Gretchen Hutchinson has been working in nursing and health care educational programs since 2010. Hutchinson has a great love for both education and nursing, and has been a registered nurse for the past 23 years with experience in nursing administration, hospice, home health care, and emergency room and quality assurance.

She is currently the director of nursing at the local hospital. Hutchinson is a member of Sigma Theta Tau/Omicron Delta Chapter, American Nurses Association, and NADONNA. Hutchinson completed her BSN in 2006 and her MSN/Ed in 2010 both through online education programs. She is married with five sons, two daughters-in-law, and one precious granddaughter. She enjoys gardening, fishing, boating, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Sunddip Aguilar, Ed.D.

Instructional Faculty, Leadership

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Jennifer Ashton, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Jennifer Ashton has been involved in business and education for almost 20 years, and she has been teaching online for a variety of universities and colleges since 2008. Dr. Ashton has experience in instructional design, multiple learning management systems, and a variety of web conferencing and Web 2.0 tools.

Dr. Ashton holds a doctorate in instructional technology and distance education, a master’s in organizational management, a master’s in elementary education, and a bachelor’s in business. She is holds teaching certifications in two states: a professional certificate in Florida for elementary education with an ESOL endorsement, and a professional certificate in Georgia for elementary education with an ESOL endorsement and System Level Educational Leadership.

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Jack Avella, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

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Sharon Braden, Ed.S.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Sharon Smith Braden has been an educator in Nashville, Tennessee, for 28 years. During that time, she served as an executive principal for 13 years. As an instructional leader, her responsibilities also included supporting teachers in providing quality instruction by using formative and summative assessments, disaggregating data to develop an instructional calendar, planning and implementing professional development opportunities, as well as developing teacher leaders and supporting novice teachers.

Dr. Braden completed her research on project-based learning primarily focused on the perceptions of students and teachers in both traditional mathematics and project-based learning mathematics classrooms. The theoretical foundation of the research was constructivist learning focused on the workforce readiness of students in basic and applied skills.

As an adjunct professor, her goal is to assist teachers in researching effective instructional strategies to use in the classroom. She firmly believes in students being actively engaged in the learning process and being responsible for learning.

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Katia Chamberlain, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare

Dr. Katia Chamberlain has taught health services administration and public health management at the undergraduate and graduate levels for seven years, and has worked as a university administrator for four years. Dr. Chamberlain's research interest is in health literacy and race and their effects on health outcomes.

Dr. Chamberlain received her doctorate degree in educational leadership and special education from Nova Southeastern University, and a master's in public health with a specialization in health policy and management from Florida International University.

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Amanda Evans, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Amanda Evans received her doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Auburn University in 2010, and her master's degree in community counseling from Youngstown State University.

Dr. Evans worked as an educator in Wisconsin and Alabama, and her clinical experiences include children with autism, inpatient psychiatry, outpatient community mental health, and residential treatment facilities. Dr. Evans' research interests include training professionals and issues related to diversity. She is originally from western Pennsylvania.

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Sarah Everts, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Sarah (Sally) Everts received her doctorate in educational leadership from Capella University in 2007. She has a Certificate of Advanced Studies in School District Administration and Building Administrator, and she also has a master's and a bachelor's in elementary education, a bachelor's in business and distributive education, and is a certified coordinator of Work Study Programs.

Dr. Everts worked as an elementary teacher and school-to-work coordinator, and currently is in her fourteenth year as an elementary principal. Dr. Everts lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York state with her husband, and has three grown children and four grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family, golfing, boating, camping, and traveling.

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Richard Herring, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Richard Herring has enjoyed a diverse 36-year career in the field of public education, and served as a classroom teacher, grant writer and manager, administrator, and program director.

He instructed, mentored, and evaluated students and teachers from ages 12 to 80 in densely urban and rural educational settings. He worked with evolving methods to deliver online learning in the 1990’s. Employment opportunities led him from the Atlantic coast, across teaching positions in southern states, through the doctorate experience at Texas A&M University. Current concentrations of interest and study involve trends in educational leadership and evolving theory on adult education.

 

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Lakliesha Izzard, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Laklieshia Izzard earned her doctorate from Argosy University Sarasota. She is a licensed professional counselor and approved clinical supervisor. She has a wealth of experience in clinical supervision, mental health counseling, training, and teaching.

Dr. Izzard has taught graduate-level courses in the online and hybrid settings. Her areas of teaching interests are online education, adult education, multiculturalism, field placement, and dissertation. Her education research interest is military trauma effects on online academic education success. In addition to teaching, she has a private practice specializing in military counseling and development of novice counselors. Her dissertation the "Influence of Narcotics Anonymous on Long Term Recovery, Family Relationships and Career Development" is published in Proquest Database.

Dr. Izzard enjoys writing self-help books, spending time with family, and traveling.

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Jason Johnston, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Jason Johnston has served as an adjunct professor and internship supervisor for American College of Education since 2010. In addition to his role with ACE, he currently serves as the principal of a large high school in north Texas. During his 18-year career in education, he served as an administrator, teacher, and coach at both the high school and middle school levels. While serving as a middle school principal, Dr. Johnston was awarded the H-E-B Excellence in Education Texas Secondary School Principal of the year.

Dr. Johnston earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from the University of North Texas, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in educational administration from Texas A&M University–Commerce.

Dr. Johnston believes the key to any successful organization, whether it is a school or a family, lies in the ability of the leader to equip, empower, and encourage the individuals he or she serves within the organization.

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Lori Kaufman, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare

Lori Kaufman is a registered dietitian with a holistic health counseling approach. She received her master's degree in nutrition from Long Island University in 1995, and went on to become a registered dietitian at the New York Institute of Technology. Once graduated, Lori worked as a renal dietitian in both a hospital setting and a dialysis center. 

Lori moved to south Florida in 2012 and began working in a medical office, providing nutritional counseling to individuals on developing a healthy relationship with themselves and food. She also teaches online and on works at a university in an alternative medicine program. Lori loves swimming, tennis, and taking her dog to the beach with her friends and family.

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Sharron Lawrence, M.Ed.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Sharron Lawrence has worked with American College of Education since 2011 as a member of the Educational Leadership program.
 
Ms. Lawrence has been both a teacher and administrator at the elementary and secondary levels, as well as director of education projects at a community college. She had the opportunity to teach in England from 1998-2002, and spent much time traveling in Europe, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, and Turkey.

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Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Jennifer Mathes earned her doctoral degree in educational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in higher education for more than 20 years teaching courses on educational technology and digital learning. 

Her research interests currently focus on the quality of online learning and blended learning, along with the teaching effectiveness in digital learning. Dr. Mathes currently works with graduate students in education. She not only teaches masters and doctoral level courses, but she also supports students in the dissertation process.

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Cathy McKay, Ed.D.

Chair, Professional Educational Studies

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Nancy Mims, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Nancy Griffin Mims holds the title of professor emerita from the University of West GA. She served as department head in the Educational Leadership department at Western Carolina University, and as an international curriculum consultant to the American Embassy in Moscow. She holds honorary faculty status at Hertzon University, St. Petersburg, Russia and Bombay Teacher’s Training College, Mumbai, India. Dr. Mims was a Fulbright Scholar to Russia, and a Rotary faculty scholar to India. She has traveled, lived, and taught in 29 countries.

Dr. Mims is currently a reviewer for two journals, and continues her membership in professional and honorary organizations. She received the GA Regent’s award for excellence in teaching, and a Jack Greer Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration. Her interests and subjects taught include diversity and international education, educational policies, legal issues, and ethics. She is the author and co-author of six books, more than 75 articles, and has presented more than 150 papers, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Mims holds the following degrees: a bachelor's in linguistics and English, a master's in English Education, an education specialist degree in curriculum, and a doctorate in Leadership. She studied at Stanislaus University in France; Oxford University-Trinity College, Oxford, UK; and the University of Mumbai, India.

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Deborah Moerland, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Deborah Moerland began teaching at the high school level in 1998. After just three years, she also started teaching online for a local community college, and has taught graduate level courses since 2011.

Dr. Deb Moerland graduated with a bachelor's degree in secondary education with a major in computer science and minors in both mathematics and physical education from Central Michigan University in 1998. In 2000, she earned a master's in educational technology and instructional design from Michigan State University. She successfully defended her dissertation “The Factors that Influence the Retention of Online Students,” and earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Argosy University Online in June 2011.

Her hobbies include working out, taking care of others, walking, and biking. She also enjoys her time with her husband, her children, her grandchildren, and her pets. 

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Joshua Reichard, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Joshua D. Reichard is the vice president for academic affairs and assistant superintendent at Valley Christian Schools, a large, fast-growing, and multicultural urban pre-K-12 network of schools in northeast Ohio.

Dr. Reichard is also an established scholar, researching issues related to urban school leadership, socioeconomic, racial, and ability-level diversity, and school choice. Joshua has a long history of online teaching and learning, from developing learning management systems to designing and delivering online courses. He earned his doctorate in human and social studies from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa, his education specialist degree from Liberty University, and his doctorate of philosophy in social research from Oxford Graduate School.

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Katrina Schultz, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Katrina Schultz has more than 20 years of experience in the field of education. In addition to her role at ACE, she works as an educational consultant specializing in remediation of reading difficulty and learning differences. As a consultant, Dr. Schultz has worked with K-12 students and teachers from traditional public, charter, and private schools, and she has experience as a classroom teacher in both public and private school environments. 

Dr. Schultz’s research history includes the connection of natural learning processes drawn from neuroscience to instructional practice, literacy, philosophical basis for diverse unity leadership education, evaluation of evolutionary systems theory in relation to human beings as living systems and the educational system, and the effects of bullying to the social, emotional, and motivational cognitive development of school-aged children.       

Dr. Schultz received her bachelor’s degree in education, with a specialization in reading, from West Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in education administration, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas Wesleyan University.

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Susan Spero, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Spero has been an educator for 32 years. She loves to bike, work out, and she enjoys spending time with her four grandsons. She also loves online teaching.

Dr. Spero has a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a minor in psychology, an education specialist degree in curriculum and instruction with a minor in sociology, and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a minor in political science. She has taught classes in all of these areas.

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Bridget Steele, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Bridget Steele has more than ten years of successful education experience. Her assignments included serving as mathematics tutor, a high school mathematics teacher, a university instructor, and a course and program director. Additional experiences include: professional development facilitator; teacher internship coordinator; various project consultations; STEM camp director; researcher and test item writer; curriculum writer and instructor.

Most recently, Dr. Steele was responsible for ensuring the fidelity of implementation of mathematics programs. These programs include conducting ongoing professional development with math teachers and others, assisting with Common Core implementation, researching new math software, and overseeing pilot programs and test preparation initiatives.

Dr. Steele has received numerous honors and awards, facilitated professional development training, and presented at national, state, and local conferences.

She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland, with teacher’s certification in secondary mathematics. She also received a master’s degree in mathematics education from the University of Central Florida, and a doctoral degree in education, with a specialization in mathematics education, from the University of Central Florida.

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Charlett Williams, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. C. Dedra Williams has been an educator for the past 25 years, and specializes in English as a second language, adult English as a foreign language and second language, adult learners, and teacher leadership development.

After earning her G.E.D., Dr. Williams eagerly began advanced studies in teacher education. This led to certificates in English as a second language and foreign language, then to a master’s degree in higher education, and ultimately a doctorate in educational leadership.

Various educational experiences enabled Dr. Williams to develop a world view of culture and a multi-faceted approach to life. Her wealth of experience extends from the United States to the Caribbean and Europe. She has been involved in educational programs in the following countries: Jamaica, France, Costa Rica, Haiti, Spain, and Cuba.

Dr. Williams' global mindset and well-developed intuitive sense allows her to understand quickly and to relate to people and their situations. What is most central in her life is the development of students as lifelong learners. Her affinity for sincere people, intriguing places, and transformational progress remains as the foundation of her journey as an educator and fellow lifelong learner.

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Deborah Gilbert, Ed.D.

Senior Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Deb Gilbert hails from upstate New York and has taught in New York, Indiana, and South Carolina. In addition to classroom experience, she has worked with low-performing schools as a state curriculum specialist.

Her passion lies in working with teachers in using engaging, creative strategies to promote student learning and literacy. Her published articles include: Professional Development is Not a Bitter Pill and Technology in the Classroom:  A Novel Approach. Her dissertation was titled "Taking Time to Read: a study of a small learning community of at-risk students."

Dr. Gilbert has her doctorate in education leadership with an emphasis on curriculum and teaching, holds many awards in teaching, and is a National Board Certified Teacher.

When not involved in education activities, Dr. Gilbert likes to travel, write, and work with glass. She has lived in Spain and traveled throughout Europe.

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Ken Jandes, Ed.D.

Associate Dean and Director, Office of Academic Excellence

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Lee Tincher, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost, Curriculum Development

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Mel Finkenberg, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare

Dr. Mel Finkenberg served as regents professor and chair, department of Kinesioloigy and Health Science at Stephen F. Austin State University from 1989-2013. He also served as interim dean of the College of Education.

He previously served as professor and chair of the department of Kinesiology and Recreation/Leisure Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. Additionally, he taught for three years in the K-6 setting.

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Kathryn Talley, Ph.D.

Senior Director, Institutional Research and Effectiveness

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Shawntel Landry, Ed.D.

President


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Suzanne Natividad, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Suzy Natividad has been teaching for 17 years in public education and 13 years at the university level. She was an advanced certified facilitator with the University of Phoenix for 11 years, and is currently an associate professor at Southern New Hampshire University, Grand Canyon University, and Park University.

Dr. Natividad has a bachelor's in business administration, a master's in education with a specialization in diverse learners, and a doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction. She holds certifications in the areas of special education, ESL, and principal for grades K-12.

During her tenure with the University of Phoenix, she was named Faculty of the Year in 2008. She taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in the Teacher Certification Program for the College of Education and undergraduate courses for the College of Humanities. Dr. Natividad participated in many focus groups and collaborated with faculty across the country to develop, write, and review curriculum for the University of Phoenix College of Education. In September 2015, she presented at a National ECET2 Conference in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Natividad describes herself as a devout, zealous educator and life-long learner.

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Lana Sloan, Ed.D.

Assistant Provost, Curriculum Production

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Natalie Pelham, M.Ed.

Director of Training and Development

Natalie is a 2014 ACE graduate (Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Digital Learning and Teaching), a 2016 ACE Alumni Achievement Award Winner, and has valuable experience with teaching and faculty training in diverse educational environments.

Natalie received her bachelor's degree in education K-6 ESOL from the University of North Florida. 

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Amanda Pike, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Amanda Alders Pike has published and taught internationally on topics related to education in the United States and in locations such as Finland, Mexico, and Chile. Her publication history includes peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and an internationally published book on using creativity to enhance cognitive performance.

Having lived all along the east coast, Dr. Pike earned her master's in New York and her doctorate from Florida State University. She has served as president on several non-profit boards, writing and managing grants, and she enjoys giving back to the community.

Dr. Pike applies 12 years of teaching experience both online and in brick-and-mortar settings, and finds the personal connection with students to be the most enjoyable aspect of teaching. She encourages meaningful reflection during the learning process through linking the content to relevant life and work experience.

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Michael Coopersmith, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Michael Coopersmith earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University. His dissertation was a quantitative analysis of effects of year-round education on student standardized test scores in Texas middle schools.

Dr. Coopersmith has more than 20 years of experience teaching mathematics and serving in leadership roles in K-12 public education. His leadership roles have included being a principal and assistant principal at both the high school and junior levels. He taught and coached at the high school level for ten years in the Houston, TX area.

Dr. Coopersmith earned his master's degree in educational management from the University of Houston Clear Lake, in Houston, TX, and his bachelor's degree in mathematics education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He currently resides in central Texas area with his family.

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Regan Morgan, MSN

Adjunct Faculty, Nursing

Regan Morgan received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University in 2000, followed by her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Since that time, she has worked as a nurse practitioner in numerous emergency departments across Virginia and Texas. Regan joined American College of Education in 2017 as adjunct faculty in the Department of Teaching and Learning. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, volunteering at her childrens' school, and exercising.

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Karley Adney, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Karley Adney earned her doctorate in British literature from Northern Illinois University. Her primary research interests include adaptations of Shakespeare for children, the portrayal of women in popular culture, and the Harry Potter series. She has been in education for more than 15 years. Her greatest joy is teaching and learning from others in the process.

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Erick Aguilar, D.M.

Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Erick Aguilar resides in Florida and holds his doctorate, masters, and bachelor’s degrees in business administration. He specializes in management and organizational leadership, computer information systems, and history.

Dr. Aguilar has more than 20 years of experience in banking and government, including more than 20 years in administrative/leadership roles. He has 10 years of experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate leadership, management, operations, history, philosophy, and computer information systems; 6 years of dissertation chair and committee member experience, and more than 18 graduate hours in the following disciplines: management, leadership, research, business operations, history, philosophy, and computer information systems.

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Tiffani Bateman, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Tiffani Bateman received her bachelor's in secondary education (with a specialization in social behavioral science) and a master’s degree in special education (K-12) from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.

She began her education career teaching alternative education in 1999, and has more than a decade of experience teaching special education and serving as a special education coordinator for grades K-12.

Dr. Bateman received her doctorate in educational leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix, and she currently serves as the curriculum specialist for the psychology department at Kaplan University. Dr. Bateman’s experience includes assisting online education programs in transferring technologies to 2.0 platforms, piloting innovative self-contained coursework like MOOCs and competency-based curriculum, evaluating program requirements for accreditation, as well as managing and developing numerous curriculum projects.

Dr. Bateman’s research interests include academic social networking, 2.0 technologies, social presence, retention in online education, and emotional intelligence.

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Stephanie Begley, M.S.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Stephanie Begley has achieved all but dissertation (ABD) with a doctorate in academic administration in higher education option. She earned her master's in instructional leadership principal, and a bachelor's in early education K-12, self-contained 5-6, learning and behavior disorders, and K-12.

She currently holds her professional certification in school superintendent, and resides in Kentucky.

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Devan Bissonette, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Devan Bissonette earned his doctorate in American history from Binghamton University in 2009, after previously earning a master’s in telecommunications from Michigan State University in 2001, and a bachelor’s in political science.

Dr. Bissonette began his teaching career in 2004 and has spent the last decade teaching online, primarily in history, humanities, and film studies. His research interests focus on the ways media shape public opinion and reshape how the public understands the past, and the development of virtual communities in the Internet age.

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Bettyjo Bouchey, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Bouchey is an associate professor of business and management and program director for the undergraduate business programs at the College of Professional Studies and Advancement.

She has enjoyed a long history in higher education leadership, serving in roles at smaller institutions ranging from vice president, provost, and dean, to her most cherished role as faculty member. In the years leading up to her tenure in higher education, Dr. Bouchey worked for and lead several high-tech start-up firms in upstate New York.

Dr. Bouchey holds a bachelor's in psychology from the University at Albany, an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a doctorate in education from Northeastern University. Dr. Bouchey is also a tireless advocate for epilepsy awareness and is one of the leaders of the Community Action Network of the Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana.

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Sam Braden, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Sam Braden, III, is a career educator and has served in the field of education in many capacities including teaching, serving as an instructional leader (principal), principal mentor, supervisor of principals (lead principal, area director, and executive director) as well as director of community relations.

As an educator, Dr. Braden believes in taking on his daily responsibilities to ensure educators are doing what is best for students in each classroom. He believes in being firm, fair, and consistent, and consistently uses the Continuous Model in every aspect of education as a guide for planning for the success of all students.

Dr. Braden further believes that students should be active participants in the learning process, and that schools should promote diversity, encourage creativity, provide student leadership opportunities, and develop self-confidence.

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Anthony Bretti, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Bretti retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1992 after 22 years of service, and has been in the management, human resource and education arenas for more than 40 years.  

He earned a bachelor of science degree and a master's degree in human resource management from Troy University, in Troy, Alabama, and received his doctoral degree in the field of educational leadership/higher education from Argosy University, in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Bretti enjoys being with his family, playing golf, and relaxing on the weekends whenever he gets the chance.

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David Burrage, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Burrage graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Florida Atlantic University. His graduate work includes a master's degree from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate of philosophy degree from Northcentral University, both specializing in exceptional student education. The focus of his doctoral work was on the use of classroom management systems with students diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disabilities.

Dr. Burrage has taught in general, exceptional, and virtual education settings over the past ten years. He received a district Golden Apple teaching award in 2010 for his work as a public school exceptional education teacher in the emotional and behavioral self-contained setting.

Dr. David Burrage lives in Florida with his wife and four children. His wife teaches first grade at a local elementary school. As a family they enjoy school-related activities, soccer, t-ball, watching movies, and traditional archery

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Raymond Carver, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Raymond Carver earned a doctorate in education leadership with a specialization in instructional technology and distance learning.

A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Carver has served as a soldier, a teacher, a data specialist, a school administrator, and a college professor. His industry experience includes transportation, military, law, computers, logistics, education, and foreign language.

As a teacher, data specialist, and school administrator, Dr. Carver has worked in VPK-12 education, created curriculum, and designed several learning systems. As an adjunct professor in a hybrid learning environment, he instructed recent immigrants in life skills, English, reading, listening, and writing. Dr. Carver also instructed K-12 teachers on ESOL strategies to use in their classrooms to meet one of the state ESOL endorsement requirements.

Most recently, Dr. Carver instructed college students in computer programming and system analysis and design. He is also a state certified driver license examiner who trains new drivers and assesses their driving skills. He enjoys helping others through the continuous improvement process.

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Rebecca Curtis, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Rebecca Curtis earned her doctorate in global training development and leadership from Northcentral University, a master’s degree in public school policy and administration, and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood from the University of Kansas.

She has worked in higher education for more than 23 years, holding administration and faculty positions. She was a trainer and an administrator of a program that created nationally and internationally known curricula that taught administrators how to coach their teachers. Her background includes early childhood and youth development, online learning, and coaching and supervising teachers in education.

Dr. Curtis also serves on several local committees on behalf of children and families, including fighting child abuse and neglect on a bi-state committee. Her research includes clinical supervision and coaching teachers. She enjoys her family, her three cats, and playing the piano.

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Eiman Eltinay, M.P.H.

Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare

Eiman Eltinay was born in Khartoum, Sudan, grew up in Ohio, and now lives in Jacksonville, Florida.

Eltinay received a bachelor’s degree in biology and physical sciences from Auburn at Montgomery, and a master’s in public health from Walden University. Eltinay is currently pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in nutrition and dietetics at the University of North Florida.

Eltinay's research interest is vitamin D deficiency and its effects on the quality of life and nutritional status of older adults. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and practicing pilates.

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Lauri Etheridge, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Lauri Etheridge earned her doctorate in educational research, human development, and family studies from the University of North Texas at Denton, where she was a teaching fellow.

She has taught courses in lifespan human development, child development, infant and toddler education and intervention, and parenting in diverse families in face-to-face and online environments. Dr. Etheridge has also provided prospective adoptive parents with educational information regarding the developmental and psychological needs of adopted children. Her research areas include moral development, adoption, identity development, and parent-child communication. In addition to her degrees, Dr. Etheridge holds the credential of Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) from the National Council on Family Relations.

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Harold Fisher, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Harold L. Fisher, Jr. has been serving as a full-time professor at College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas for the last eight years teaching computer applications and leadership courses.

Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Fisher taught in K-12 environments for a total of eight years. Dr. Fisher has eight years of experience teaching and developing online courses using Blackboard, Canvas, Desire 2 Learn, and Moodle learning management systems in undergraduate and graduate learning environments. He is the author of six books and has published peer-reviewed articles focused on the best practices of online course design and online teaching effectiveness.

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Will Fults, D.C.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Will T. Fults earned his doctorate of Chiropractic from Parker University in Dallas, Texas. He has been licensed and practicing in Texas since 2007.

Dr. Fults brings more than 10 years of experience in the healthcare and wellness industries. He also attended Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, earning a bachelor’s degree in biology. He currently practices in Beaumont, where he resides with his wife and four children.

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Guykesha Gardner, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Guykesha Gardner holds five academic degrees: a bachelor's in psychology, a master's in human behavior, a master's in school counseling, an education specialist in educational psychology, and a doctorate in psychology.

For the last 14 years, Dr. Gardner has been working in the areas of clinical assessment, psycho-educational assessment, and psychotherapy. She is currently a psychologist and has dedicated her life to helping others navigate through this complicated world. Her latest research interest involved studying the attitudes, relationships, and esteem of impoverished adolescent African American males. She was lead in this direction because, in her community, it is critical that these individuals develop the skills, sensitivities, and understandings that will make life meaningful and rewarding for them.

Dr. Gardner enjoys spending her spare time teaching online and on ground, hanging out with family and friends, watching the stock market, and traveling. She resides in Indianapolis, IN, with her husband and daughter.

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Yucel Henderson, D.M.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Yucel Henderson has a doctorate degree in organization management with a specialty in global leadership from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs. Her dissertation thesis addresses the effect of initial trust development on strategic networking of culturally diverse and geographically segregated temporary work groups.

Dr. Henderson received her master's degree in management and leadership from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, with a comparative analysis thesis on the American and Arab business management practices. Her bachelor's degree is in architecture and design from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, with a minor in environmental design.

Dr. Henderson is currently the personal & professional development advisor for Marine Corps Air Station in South Carolina. She previously worked for U.S. Army Marketing Division, where she served 14 American communities (over 20 military bases) across Europe.

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Michael Jazzar, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Michael Jazzar holds multiple university degrees, including a doctorate with high honors in educational leadership from Michigan State University (where he was awarded the distinction of the Don O. Tatroe Memorial Scholarship).

He has held both faculty and administrative posts in higher education, and his experience spans multiple roles as university professor and college administrator and, at the secondary level, as board member, superintendent, principal, and coordinator overseeing complex alliances between major universities and 22 school districts. He has also served as a director of curriculum and grants.

Dr. Jazzar has stewarded programs and institutions in rural and urban settings, and in traditional and online environments, both nationally and internationally. From 1980 to 1984, he served in the Gulf region as superintendent of a school district. More recently, he assisted in establishing the Western Michigan University Leadership Academy, a nationally-acclaimed institute noted for its success rate among graduates who progress directly into administrative roles.

Dr. Jazzar has authored three recognized books, and published multiple book chapters and numerous articles in top-tier journals. He has served on the editorial boards of scholarly periodicals and on the advisory councils of both professional networks and educational organizations.

Dr. Jazzar is trilingual and manifests a profound, proactive, and career-long commitment to multicultural learning and teaching. He is the founder and senior consultant for Educational Service & Consulting.

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Amy Johnson, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Amy Johnson has a doctorate in early childhood development and education from Texas Woman’s University. Her dissertation used grounded theory to explore how adult female survivors of the commercial sex industry speak about factors that led to their victimization.

Her research was recognized with the Graduate Council Award for Exceptional, Original Scholarship award at TWU. Once an elementary school teacher, she now teaches child development and child educator courses at the collegiate level. She enjoys relaxing with her husband and two daughters.

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Sandra Johnson, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Sandra R. Johnson earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction specializing in learning technologies from New Mexico State University. She also holds a master’s degree in educational technology from Walden University and a master's degree in administrative leadership from Western New Mexico University.

Her bachelor's degree is in secondary education specializing in science education from New Mexico State University. She is licensed to teach grades 8-12 in the areas of science, math, English, and vocational technology, and is also a licensed administrator and media specialist for the State of New Mexico.

Dr. Johnson currently works for New Mexico State University where she is an instructional consultant assisting faculty in moving their face-to-face content to an online format following best practices and universal design principles.

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Michelle McCraney, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Michelle McCraney received her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in 2000. She has worked both as an ESE teacher and a principal at the elementary through high school levels.

Dr. McCraney was the executive director of the state of Florida’s first Charter Technical Career Center, and she was the administrator for two campus libraries, six writing centers, and eight academic support centers at a state college. She joined American College of Education's faculty in 2016 as a professor in the department of Curriculum and Instruction.

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Tina Nixon, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Tina Nixon is an assistant principal, and was formerly a digital learning coach. She earned a doctorate in educational leadership and educational technology from the University of Phoenix.

Dr. Nixon has worked in education for more than 11 years in a variety of areas, such as grant manager, district trainer, and special education and general education teacher. She has a desire for service and helping others, and serves as the chief operations officer of the Jha'Kyric Nixon Scholarship. The scholarship was founded in 2012, and 24 aspiring college students have received the scholarship as of 2015.

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Sara Reichard, Ed.S.

Adjunct Faculty, Healthcare

Sara M. Reichard, Ed.S., R.N., is the founder and director of the Lewis Center for Gifited Learning, a program of Valley Christian Schools (Northeast Ohio) for gifted and talented students. Located in the heart of downtown Youngstown, Ohio, the Lewis Center is the first school of its kind between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Sara holds an education specialist degree in teaching and learning with specialization in gifted education, a master's degree in family life education, and she is also a registered nurse.

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Fawzia Reza, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Fawzia Reza has a doctorate in educational leadership, and a master's degree in early childhood from the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB.) She enjoys teaching prospective teachers regarding developmentally appropriate practices in ECE. Her primary research area is early childhood education (ECE)-related issues, particularly in the context of multicultural education. She recently authored a book, The Effects of the September 11 Terrorist Attack on Pakistani-American Parental Involvement in U.S., Lexington publishers (2015).

Dr. Reza has studied teacher perspectives regarding assessment strategies in transitional kindergarten under a grant from the Lucile-Packard Foundation, and is currently conducting research on Common Core curriculum standards in the state of California.

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Jeff Roach, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Jeff Roach currently holds a doctorate in educational leadership, a master's in education administration, and bachelor's in elementary education. His core competencies are focused on participation-centered instruction, classroom teaching and curriculum delivery, regulatory requirements and grant writing, and program/curriculum development, as well as others.

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Kelly Roberts, Ed.S.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Kelly J. Roberts is from Orlando, Florida. Originally from Libertyville, Illinois, she moved to Florida in 2003 to do her doctorate work in education and to escape the Chicago winters. She received her bachelor's in elementary education from Eastern Illinois University, a master's in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University in Chicago, special education work from DePaul University, and an education specialist in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern. Ms. Roberts’ doctorate is in educational leadership/curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix, and she is certified in reading, ESE, ESOL, elementary education, and educational leadership.

During the day she is a reading specialist in Orlando, Florida, where she says the weather is unbeatable! She has 30 years of experience in the K-12 area both in the classroom and in administration, and 12 years of higher education experience, both ground and online. Professional writing is in the near future for Ms. Roberts, but nothing makes her happier than teaching students of all ages!

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Barbara Scherzer, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Barbara Scherzer graduated from Northcentral University in September 2015 with a doctorate in psychology, general psychology specialization. She chose the general psychology specialization, as she wanted her focus to be related to addictions, primarily gambling disorder.

Dr. Scherzer started studying psychology approximately 20 years ago when she entered a bachelor's program in psychology at National University. She then went on to complete a master's in counseling psychology from Alliant International University, where she completed an internship in substance abuse counseling, and earned an M.B.A. in Management from Northcentral University.

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Dimitra Smith, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Dimitra Smith is a tenure-track assistant professor of higher education at Texas Tech University. Her research agenda follows three distinct, interrelated strands: student success in STEM fields, educational pathways among traditionally underrepresented students, and the role of community colleges and minority-serving institutions in student success.

Before joining the faculty at Texas Tech, Dr. Smith served in several student services positions including a program development specialist in multicultural student affairs at Iowa State University. Her research accomplishments have awarded her several recognitions by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges and the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students. Aligning with her interrelated strands, she has published research in several higher education journals.

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Tara Stabile, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Tara Stabile earned her doctorate in organizational leadership from Argosy University, a master's in counseling from Webster University, and a bachelor's in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has experience working with not-for profits serving youth and families, and has been working in the higher education setting as an administrator and faculty for more than 15 years. She is passionate about creating an exemplary student experience and an engaging classroom. 

Dr. Stabile enjoys spending time with her family, her cat and dog, golfing, traveling, reading, and the beach.

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Susan Sutton, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Susan Sutton is the director of the Center for Teaching Arts and Technology at Roane State Community College (RSCC). She also serves as the director of the Distance Education Program and chair of the Accessibility Committee. Before coming to RSCC, Susan was an assistant professor in the Department of Information Media at St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.

While working on her doctorate, Dr. Sutton spent two years as a graduate teaching associate at the University of Tennessee teaching online graduate courses for the new online master’s degree program in instructional technology, and three years teaching courses that prepared preservice teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum.

Dr. Sutton has three years of experience teaching in a K-12 special education setting, and has an eLearning certification from The Internet eLearning Institute at the University of Tennessee. She enjoys teaching faculty how to use various technologies, but also enjoys working with K-12 teachers out in the field who want to learn more about technology integration.

Susan’s academic credentials include a bachelor's in education with a concentration in special education–hearing impaired from Ball State University, a master's in education with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in education with a concentration in instructional technology from the University of Tennessee.

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Anna Tsambis, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Anna Tsambis holds a doctorate in curriculum development and instruction, a master's in educational leadership, and a bachelor's in elementary education and ESE.

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Verna Velez, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Verna L. Velez has more than 25 years of experience as a public servant with expertise in public management and leadership. Her teaching interests are in the areas of educational leadership, administration and supervision, and educational theories.

Dr. Velez holds a doctorate in public policy administration, a master’s in public administration, and undergraduate degrees in business administration, and federal contracts management. She considers herself to be a lifelong learner, and is always eager to share knowledge and information. Dr. Velez contributed a chapter in How to Use Emotional, Cultural, and Spiritual Intelligence to Mentor Doctoral Learners by Walter R. McCollum (2014). She enjoys traveling, reading, and really good jokes.

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James Woodward, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. James Woodward currently holds his doctorate and education specialist degrees in teaching and learning. He also earned a master's in physical education, and a bachelor's in middle grade education.

Dr. Woodward seeks opportunities to share his leadership skills, loves teaching and education, and strives to serve as a positive example for all students.

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Krista Allison, Ph.D.

Doctoral Program Coordinator, Leadership

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Jacqueline O'Mara, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Jacqueline O'Mara is an accomplished educator with more than 23 years in education.  She began her career as a high school teacher, and spent 8 years in the classroom before moving into administration. She then worked as a high school associate principal, an intermediate associate principal, and is currently an elementary principal. She has also spent several years as a principal mentor, and continues to work directly with prospective teacher and principal candidates in their field experiences. 

Dr. O'Mara earned her bachelor's from Hiram College in 1990, her master’s degree in secondary education and administration in 1998, her superintendent's license in 2005, and in 2012 she earned her doctorate degree in leadership in administration for teaching and learning from Walden University. 

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Kim Sethna, Ed.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

Kim Sethna has held several educational leadership positions, including classroom teacher, principal, curriculum director, interim superintendent, school board member, and court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children.

A proud graduate of Slippery Rock University, Kim received her elementary teaching license and then attended Duquesne University for a master's degree in educational leadership. In 2014, she received her doctorate in administrative leadership for teaching and learning from Walden University.

Currently, Kim is an adjunct professor for graduate education courses at Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio, and an educational supervisor for student teachers from Kent State University. 

Kim lives in Macedonia, Ohio, with her husband, Farhad, and four children.

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Jodi Boling, MSN

Core Faculty, Nursing

Jodi Boling is a registered nurse with 23 years of experience in neuro/trauma critical care. She worked as a clinical nurse specialist in adult health, working with neurosurgery and neuroscience patients for a local hospital doing program development for the hospital and community outreach programs.

Her experience led her to work for a medical device company as a national educator for non-invasive hypothermia for post-cardiac arrest. For the last 11 years she has been a full time nursing professor with experience in medical surgical nursing, assessment, multicultural death and dying, and course coordinator for a variety of courses. 

Jodi earned a master’s degree in nursing from Valparaiso University. Her most recent academic pursuit is to complete her dissertation in late spring for her Ph.D. in Education: Nursing Education from Capella University.

Jodi loves the outdoors, and spending quality time with her husband and two young sons.

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Steward Huang, Ph.D.

Instructional Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Steward Huang earned both his master's and doctorate in applied statistics from the University of California at Riverside (UCR). He also has an MBA in management science from National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan, where he is originally from.

Dr. Huang has been teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses since 2007 in California, Arkansas, and Indiana. Courses including mathematics, statistics, quantitative analytics, and business research method, etc. are his favorites. He actively collaborates with his colleagues and students for research, and enjoys regularly working out to stay healthy and energized.

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Heidi Schmidt, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Heidi Schmidt received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She recently retired from PK-12 education after 16 years as a district administrator. In addition, she was a teacher and high school coach, an associate middle school principal, and a middle school principal.

Dr. Schmidt’s interest areas include leadership, curriculum, instruction and assessment. She is currently collaborating on research related to her district’s state-recognized comprehensive School Based Mental Health program. Dr. Schmidt has nine years of higher education teaching experience.

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Dana Kaminski, Ph.D.

Core Faculty, Leadership

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Carmen Paniagua Quinones, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty Physics, Professional Educational Studies

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Janet Hopkins, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty Math, Professional Educational Studies

A graduate of the University of Denver, Dr. Janet Hopkins has taught math and computer science courses at the college-level for the past 24 years at both the University of Nebraska and the University of Colorado Denver. She also has extensive experience working with adult learners online in the areas of computers and math, and Microsoft Office literacy. Dr. Hopkins lives with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, outside of Denver, Colorado.

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Byron Barton, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Healthcare

Byron Barton graduated from Butler University in Indianapolis in with a bachelor's in biology, and later received his doctorate from the University of Vermont, where he studied insect flight muscle using a classical and molecular genetics approach.

Since then, he has focused on helping students achieve their academic and career goals through higher education.

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Kenneth Capps, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty Chemistry, Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Kenneth Capps has taught college-level chemistry for more than 15 years both in the U.S. and abroad. As part of a Fulbright grant, he lectured first and second-year chemistry students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Prior to teaching, he was an officer in the U.S. Army stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington, D.C. At WRAMC, he worked in the Department of Clinical Investigation, which oversees the biomedical research at that facility.

Dr. Capps has a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Miami and a master's in college teaching from the University of New Hampshire.

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Claudia Mitchell, Ph.D.

Assistant Provost, Nursing & Healthcare

Dr. Claudia Mitchell has worked in higher education for the last twelve years, specifically in nursing and program administration. Her background includes clinical practice in the areas of medical surgical nursing, psychiatric nursing, nursing administration and consulting in the areas of quality, professional development, and healthcare reimbursement.

In nursing education, she has served as executive director of multiple nursing programs and has been instrumental in new program development. In addition, she has published and presented regionally and nationally in the areas of nursing education, professional development and quality.

Dr. Mitchell has a doctorate in curriculum and leadership from Northcentral University, and a master's degree in nursing administration.

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Dr. Debbie Beck, Ph.D.

Chair, Nursing


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Tetiana McLemore, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty ESL/BL, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Tetiana McLemore has 20 years of experience in teaching English as a second language. Her students' age groups vary from young children to adults.

She obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in linguistics, majoring in English and Russian, from the State Teacher Training Institute of Foreign Languages (Ukraine) where she began her career of teaching specialized ESL courses to future ESL teachers. Throughout her career in higher education, Tetiana successfully managed to perform different roles, including teaching ESL to students in undergraduate and graduate programs (both online and on-campus) and performing leadership and administrative roles as the department chair and director of admissions.

Dr. McLemore never stops working on her professional and personal growth. For this reason, she earned her CELTA from Cambridge University and numerous additional certificates to advance her teaching and leadership skills. She also holds a master's in industrial-organizational psychology and a doctorate in organizational leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she co-taught online courses to doctoral students.

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Brian Sloan, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Sloan holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University where he focused his research on Indiana school construction, remonstrance law, and the various impacts school construction can have on the community. He also holds a Masters in Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University.

Dr. Sloan has been in elementary education for the past 27 years having taught at the elementary level for 9 of those years. He has been an elementary principal since 2001.

Dr. Sloan has been blessed with a loving wife, Kristi, and two wonderful daughters Kourtney and Katie Grace. He enjoys spending any free time he has with his immediate family and extended family and friends. His hobbies include muscle cars, of which he owns one and maintains and drives, and construction, building and remodeling projects. He also enjoys music and attending concerts with his wife and traveling with all of his girls.

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Caroline Gulbrandsen, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Dr. Caroline Gulbrandsen has been the academic dean for a private college in the Midwest since 2009. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in higher education and professional development—as a college professor; Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence at Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois; and Assistant Director for the Professional Development and Training Office at the University of Miami. Dr. Gulbrandsen has created numerous faculty and professional development programs as well as designed courses for several institutions. She holds an Ed.D. from Argosy University, an M.Ed. from Florida Atlantic University, and a B.A. in English from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Gulbrandsen’s community service is dedicated to education. She served on the education committee for her community’s school board and is currently on the board of directors for the Golden Apple Foundation, which recognizes teaching excellence throughout the region’s school districts.

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Al Richard, M.Ed.

Instructional Faculty, Leadership

Al Richard brings 39 years of experience to the ACE faculty. He received his Masters of Education from Louisiana State University and his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.

He has an extensive knowledge of the public and private education systems as he has served as a district-level director of student services, district-level director of athletics, high school principal, junior high principal, high school assistant principal, elementary assistant principal, private school headmaster, and classroom teacher. He has served as a mentor administrator for Master of Education candidates throughout his 39 years in education.

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Timothy Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Teaching and Learning

Dr. Timothy Rodriguez received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa with an emphasis in reading and bilingual education/ESL. He has worked in higher education for eighteen years. He taught in bilingual education programs in Illinois and Texas and ESL programs in Florida. He has been published in national and regional publications and has presented at the international, level, regional, and state levels. He received the Outstanding Teaching Award at The Ohio-State University-Lima in 2005 and was named a Top Educator by Ohio Magazine the same year. He is on the editorial board for The School Community Journal. He is listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Education. His research interests include best practices in second-language literacy and stakeholders' views of language.

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Deanna Melton-Riddle, DHA

Core Faculty, Health and Wellness

Deanna Melton-Riddle earned a Doctorate in Health Administration from Central Michigan University, Masters in Human Services Administration from National Louis University, and Bachelors in Psychology from Chicago State University. Her career as a healthcare professional spans over 20 years in both clinical and administrative roles, and as a health educator in various settings. She has also served as an educator over the last 14 years, both on ground and online, and has experience in course and curriculum development, teacher training/professional development, and consulting in secondary and higher education. Deanna is married to Elder Phillip Riddle Sr. and has four sons: Phillip Jr., Nick, Ryon and Ausar.

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Laura Maloney, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty, Leadership

Laura Maloney envisions a world where there are no educational boundaries for students. To this end, she has dedicated her career to breaking down barriers for all students, including the under-served. She partners with curriculum and literacy teams to analyze data, and leads intervention initiatives and professional learning communities for student success.

Currently, Laura is an instructional leader with Florida Virtual School, where she manages a blended learning lab schoolhouse of 43 teachers and five lead teachers. Throughout the past decade, she has served in both instructional and administrative roles. She is a respected leader in the industry among her colleagues and peers, and regularly presents on effective research-based blended learning strategies at the statewide learning conference for Florida Virtual School and its partners.

She holds master's degrees in both human resource management and educational leadership. She earned her doctorate at American College of Education, and her doctoral research focused on blended learning.