Meet the Faculty

Marsha Beckwith-HowardName: Dr. Marsha Beckwith-Howard
Current position: Affiliate Faculty
Education (University and highest terminal degree): Ph.D- Capella University

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  My perspective on teaching can be compared to leadership styles. Leadership styles can best be used if you can adjust the elements of the styles to lead a certain group of people or complete a certain task. That is also important in teaching; a teacher must be flexible and fluent enough to teach students with different learning abilities and learning styles.  As a teacher, it is my job to constantly grow as an educator in order to be current on educational resources and teaching/learning strategies.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  Challenges I’m faced with on a daily basis deal with students with a wide range of skills, abilities, and experiences. Being aware of the range and how to support students to help them each learn is a characteristic of an accomplished instructor. Significant challenges facing education is society’s transformation to an informational age. Society is on a fast forward track in the technology age, and assessments are changing to keep up. Unfortunately, funding for some schools are not able to keep up with utilizing technology in the classroom.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  I stress to my peers that time management is a crucial skill needed to be successful. I also share with them different teaching strategies that they can use in their own classroom. I provide my co-teachers resources to help identifying how to teach different learning strategies. During team meeting and teacher in-services, I have presented different materials to improve their knowledge of at risk students and how to adapt their current curriculum to ensure their success in the classroom.


 

 

Brenda Leigh Cain

Name:  Brenda Leigh Cain, Ph.D.
Current Position:  Affiliate Faculty, Associate Professor of Education, Friends University
Education:  Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Minnesota

Challenges:  The changing face of education – particularly the constant reform changes coupled with the increasing societal demands on the roles and responsibilities of school leaders often overshadow the joy and satisfaction that can come from being an educational leader.

Interests/Approaches:  Music, gardening, and my bichon/poodle, Muffin, take up any free time that I have.

My life has been dedicated to education. I have been an elementary school teacher, teaching specialist and principal for the Wichita Public Schools and Director of Elementary Education for the Topeka, Kansas school district. My experiences, commitment to lifelong learning, and willingness to help individuals grow personally and professionally contribute to my ability to help others to become successful as teachers and/or leaders.


 

Vickie CummingsName: Dr. Vickie Cummings
Current Position: Adjunct Faculty- Undergraduate Elementary Education, Masters of Teaching, and Masters of Curriculum and Instruction.
Education: Walden University- Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership, Specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, Primary Focus in Reading.

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  We are stewards of teaching knowledge, the learning environment, the types of instruction, and the individual students we teach. Galileo Galilee said, “You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.” Too often, I believe teachers take the outlook of being educators and instructors, rather than guides in their students’ lives.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member? Facing me today are the challenges of meeting the needs of adults returning to college. Many   students must balance work, family, and the commitment to finish their education.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?   The teacher must use responsible materials and methods that research has to offer. I will work collaboratively with faculty and administration to meet the needs of students, peers, community, country, world, and the future.  I believe teaching to be more than just feeding students’ information and hoping they absorb it. I will inspire students to want to learn, and to become functioning members of society, but in such a way that continues to inspire not only their cognitive reason, but their creativity as well.


 

Mary Dickerson

Name: Dr. Mary Dickerson
Current Position: Affiliate Faculty, Head of School, The Independent School
Education: Boston College, Ph.D.

What is your perspective on educational leadership?  Educational leadership is a multi-faceted position.  It involves acquiring the skill set to build a team, gaining an understanding of organizations, being a good listener and communicator, and responding to the needs of all school constituencies.  Educational leadership requires the courage and vision to face challenges while always placing the needs of the student first.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  The rapid changes in technology and technology tools are significant challenges.  In addition, the issue of time management within everyone’s very busy schedules poses significant challenges. 

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  To be able to assist aspiring teachers/leaders in acquiring the necessary tools, skill set, and knowledge through collaboration is my approach.  This process also allows me the opportunity to grow and learn professionally through reflective practice.


 

Sheryl Erickson

Name: Sheryl Erickson
Current position: Assistant Professor, Southwestern College Dole Center for Teacher Education
Education (University and highest terminal degree): Wichita State University, Ed.D.
 
Leadership is about believing in the followers enough to let them lead. Teachers must be leaders. They must promote change, empower learners, and then get out of the way and allow the learning/change to occur.


 

Jackie GlasgowName: Dr. Jackie Glasgow
Current position: Assistant Superintendent, USD 353 and Affiliate Faculty
Education (University and highest terminal degree): Wichita State Univ. Ed.D. in Educational Leadership

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  My perspective on educational leadership is being a change agent, propelling future leaders and teachers with the necessary tools, skills and resources for preparing 21st century learners. I value staying current on educational topics and their impact for school improvement. Empowering educational leaders and teachers to be passionate about what they do and instilling a desire to grow in education is essential.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  The framework of education is changing with the common core state standards, the reauthorization of ESEA, the state waiver, and the new accreditation model for Kansas. The challenge is shaping and deconstructing each of these critical areas for future teachers to understand how they weave together. Another challenge I experience is the overall perception of public education  and valuing it as a path for student success.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  My approach for helping others be successful is building a culture of learning using goal setting, reflection, and feedback. Goal setting provides information about the direction students are thinking, allows time for reflection, and gives feedback confirming progress and growth. These steps can be implemented easily as a leader/teacher.


 

Deb HerndonName: Deb Herndon
Current position: Special Education Academic Coach for Cowley County Special Education Cooperative, working with Arkansas City Schools, Pre-K through grade 12. Affiliate Faculty
Education (University and highest terminal degree): Masters in Education of the Emotionally Disturbed, University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK; additional endorsements: Reading Specialist and Learning Disabilities

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  I firmly believe that educators must become a part of a collaborative learning community focused on finding solutions to the challenges facing our students. I am excited to be working under a coaching model now, teaming with special educators to help them refine their instruction and impact the progress of their students.
 
What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member? One of the challenges facing us as we help learners become teachers is the pace of changing technology. Some of the answers to the challenges our students face are available through technology but teachers can become overwhelmed with finding a match for students. Another challenge is the move to Common Core Standards, and the ensuing changes that will bring. Being "on the job" in the world of special education gives me a very real link to what students will be facing.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  As I expect the students in my classes to learn how to differentiate for a variety of learners, I expect the same from myself. I try to give students options for reaching learning targets. I also try to be available to those learners who need more direct input from me than others.
 


 

Shelly HoffmanName:  Shelly Hoffman 
Current position: Southwestern College Affiliate Faculty, Elementary Physical Education teacher Wichita Public Schools
Education (University and highest terminal degree): Master of Education through Southwestern College in curriculum and instruction

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  I feel all students are our future and we have to make an investment in them.  As teachers, we should share with them our expertise and experience and expose them to as much education as we can (whatever the subject) within our given time frame.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?   State assessments are foremost in my mind.   We have to stay abreast of any changes that our government (federal and/or state) imposes.  The world of education is always changing and we have to stay current with trends and happenings so we can give our students the best education possible.  

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  I very much understand the pressures our students go through trying to juggle not only college classes, but jobs, children, and families as well. Obviously, the student has to complete the work but I can be flexible with due dates.  I want my students  to be successful and I believe part of my job is to work with them through difficult  times that may arise.


 

Linda HopeName: Linda R. Hope
Current position: Principal  Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary  USD #259
Education (University and highest terminal degree): University of Kansas  Ed.D.  1993

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  There are lots of different types of leaders.  I advocate servant leadership.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  The biggest challenge in education is adequate funding or how to do  more with less.  As a collective body we know how to meet the challenges but lack the financial or human resources to make improvements in our system of education. 

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  In my professional career I have turned around two urban schools increasing the achievement level of students significantly.  I would like to share the strategies we used to turn around a failing school. 


 


 

Dana LaMantiaName:  Dana LaMantia
Current position: Online Adjunct Instructor
Education (University and highest terminal degree):  Doctoral Degree, Curriculum and Instruction PhD, Capella University; Completion: June, 2012; Masters in Reading, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ;  January, 2003; Psychology / Education, BA, Richard Stockton College, Pomona NJ; May, 2000; 18 Graduate Credits in English as a Second Language, University of Phoenix, July, 2008; Certifications: Reading Specialist / Supervision/ Elementary Education

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  As an online instructor, there should be a strong reflection in terms of student support and providing numerous opportunities for success. As an educational leader, it is important to ensure that the curriculum concepts are implemented throughout the course and to also provide real world application.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  As a faculty member within the online setting one challenge would be to continue to engage the students in terms of active participation and submission of work. It is important to continue to maintain an open communication and supportive network.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  The approaches that are effective in supporting educational leaders in the classroom is to ensure that there is a true application of the content in relation to their instructional setting. Sharing best practices and lesson ideas is also another approach for continuing to make advancements in the course room.


 

Jacqueline LaneName: Jacqueline (Jacque) Lane
Current position: Field Supervisor
Education: Wichita State University, MA

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  Every adult in the school is on the educational leadership team. Many schools that are successful use that team approach to benefit students. It's all about student learning!

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  I'm very privileged to work with SPED teachers.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  I'm very influenced by "Brain Compatible Learning" approaches, and try to share information with teachers when appropriate. I also like to ask questions to help teachers problem solve.


 

Robert LaneName: Robert Lane
Current position: Supervisor of restricted license and special education teachers
Education (University and highest terminal degree): University of Kansas, Ed.D.

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  Strong educators at all levels make learning meaningful and fulfilling for everyone.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  Obviously time and school finances. As we work with new educators they rarely have all  the resources and time needed to assist every learner. Providing the right kind of support and encouragement is and will continue to be a challenge.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  Being a resource and available whenever asked for assistance. Providing support in a non-threatening way through immediate feedback, both verbally and in writing.


 

Nili LuoName: Nili Luo
Current position:  Coordinator of Early Childhood Education
Education (University and highest terminal degree): University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ed.D

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  Teachers must know their students and identify their learning styles in order to determine how best to meet their educational needs. Once established, teachers should provide developmentally appropriate practices to help them achieve their highest potential. Using effective teaching strategies and supporting students in their learning will assist them in becoming aware of their world and to live successfully in it. Collaboration with families and the local community is an important component in the education of students.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  The education of young children is at a  crossroads.  Brain research confirms the importance of  educational opportunities for this population, but highly qualified educators to serve this population are lacking and often those who are working in the field do not have the education to prepare a stimulating environment or know how to engage children in significant learning activities.  Advocates for better education for young children need to be cultivated to help change the current trend as well as to work for increased compensation for teachers of young children. 

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders? A constructivist developmentally appropriate approach in teaching allows students to engage, explore, and discover their immediate environment and their world.    Students who are encouraged and supported to reach their educational goals will be able to reach their dreams, become a global citizen, and appreciate diversity.


 

Jeni McRayName: Jeni McRay
Current position: Affiliate Faculty
Education (University and highest terminal degree): Ph. D., Educational Leadership with an emphasis in adult, occupational and continuing education.

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  On a “macro” level, education is of profound importance in liberal democracies, where important issues are collectively decided by citizens or their elected representatives. On a “micro” level, education is of profound importance to local communities and individuals. Societies comprised of educated people who possess specialized knowledge, skill and ingenuity in a given field, coupled with the ability to think, reason, analyze, and reflect, are more productive, prosperous and just.  Simply put, educators are in the “business” of transforming the world…one individual at a time. It doesn’t get more important than that. The responsibility we have in preparing future teachers is an enormous one about which I take very seriously.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  One of the biggest challenges of the last and next decade (and beyond) is an explosion in the number and type of instructional design and instructional technology tools and the rate at which these technologies are developed and implemented.  It is exciting and wonderful, but also challenging and time-consuming.   It is difficult to know which technologies create learning opportunities that are at least as good as or better than “traditional” ways of teaching and learning.  We must embrace technology and realize we won’t “reach” our students if we stagnate while they evolve in this area. At the same time, we must ensure any technological tool we employ enhances academic quality rather than being just the newest, shiniest, slickest “app” or gadget.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  Educators benefit greatly from being part of a collaborative, supportive team whose members are intelligent, experienced, diverse and dedicated. This is true for those who are (or will become) P-12 teachers/administrators as well as for the faculty members facilitating SC’s classes and education programs.  I seek out advice and feedback from other instructors about my own classes and love offering guidance and advice in return.  I also believe we should offer sustained support, motivation, praise, flexibility, encouragement, constructive feedback  and genuine appreciation of the work our students do in our classes and for each other.
 


 

Diane NickelsonName: Dr. Diane Nickelson 
Current position: Assistant Principal; Clearwater High School, Clearwater, Kansas
Education (University and highest terminal degree):  Wichita State University, EdD

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  Teaching tomorrow’s leaders is an important job and must be done well. We need to be responsive to the needs of our students and the real world they will enter as leaders. Empowering leaders through knowledge and experience is the key to their success.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  Tomorrow’s educational leaders will face enormous challenges yet reap remarkable personal rewards.  We have to help them gain confidence and skills to understand the many layers of school culture, manage change, and find the joys inherent in leadership.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  I believe in empowering others through a collaborative approach to teaching and learning. Creating a partnership where teachers and students pose challenging questions and reach successful solutions is an energizing and gratifying experience for all.


 

Wendy PickellName: Wendy Pickell
Current position: KSDE Consultant; Affiliate faculty member
Education (University and highest terminal degree): MS.Ed in Special Education, University of Kansas

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  I strive to demonstrate the 5 traits that I believe are critical to be an effective 21st Century educational leader:

  • An Active Listener
  • A Connected Leader
  • Authentic Conversationalist
  • Inspirational & Empowering
  • A 21st Centiry Learning Facilitator

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member? Recognizing the multiple pressures educators are faced with to provide quality education for all students in their schools.
 
What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  My approach is to do my best to promote an environment of collaborative, continuous learning. We have much to learn from one another!


 

Linda RhoneName: Linda F. Rhone
Current position: Grant Manager-Wichita Teacher Inquiry Group; Affiliate Faculty, Southwestern College
Education (university and highest terminal degree): West Virginia University, Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction/Social and Cultural Foundations of Education

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching? My underlying goal as an education professor is to develop teachers who can effectively teach for social justice. Social justice teachers pose thought-provoking problems for students to devise understandings for discussion. Teaching for social justice entails teaching curriculum from a popular cultural, issues-oriented perspective using critical pedagogical techniques. Social justice teachers address key social justice issues locally and globally--regarding racism, class inequality, gender inequalities, planetary pollution and global warming, war and peace, etc., and seek to integrate such issues as themes into the disciplinary subject matters at hand rather than delivering free-standing lectures on them.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member? Today, I believe that it is imperative for teacher education programs to prepare teachers to effectively teach in socioeconomically, linguistically, ethnically and racially diverse classrooms. An appropriate place to start is through education courses that include a critical multicultural social justice lens. Such courses can help teachers to move beyond addressing diversity through a historical and celebratory lens to address the present-day realities of those who continue to be marginalized. If our teachers and k-12 students are going to become change agents who can transform society into a more just place to live, they will need to address current inequities as well as historical facts.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders? My teaching agenda centralizes the work of social justice educator, Paulo Freire. Freire believed that education should liberate teachers and students. In my recent grant project, a select group of 5th grade teachers examined power relations in their schools through the lens of Paulo Freire. These teachers examined their own teaching behaviors to see if they were perpetuating bullying instead of lessening it. In the end, they learned ways to transform their teaching behaviors so that students could discuss relevant topics and create action plans to transform inequities at school, at home, and in their communities. I will continue to teach, research, and write and manage grants that centralize bullying and oppression at school (student-to-student and teacher-to-student), culturally relevant teaching, the achievement gap, and critical multicultural social justice education. This is the kind of scholarship and practice that continues to be most needed globally, I think.


 

Christine Rogers Name:   Christine Rogers
Current position:   Assistant Professor
Education (University and highest terminal degree):  University of Kansas; Ph.D.

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?
Teaching and leadership are continuous learning processes. Those who learn to be successful at one or both develop a positive view of their own skills, an openness to experience and change, and an ability to identify with others through varied experiences.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member? Challenges facing educators are myriad and I believe the words of Eleanor Roosevelt are applicable, “Never, perhaps, have any of us needed as much as we do today to use all the curiosity we have, needed to seek new knowledge, needed to realize that no knowledge is terminal. For almost everything in our world is new, startlingly new…Each new bit of knowledge, each new experience is an extra tool in meeting new problems and working them out.”

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  There is a vibrant interplay of ideas between learning leaders and faculty. Learning at this level becomes a journey taken together-a journey that both supports and encourages risk taking and growth.


 

Teresa San MartinName: Teresa San Martin
Current position: Assistant Superintendent for Academic Affairs, Goddard Public Schools, USD 265 in Goddard, KS
Education (University and highest terminal degree): Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Wichita State University
 
What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  My perspective on educational leadership is based on the professional learning community (PLC) approach. My role in a professional learning community is one of organizing and facilitating, whether I’m working with administrators, directors, principals, or teachers. The function of leadership is diffused and takes form based on interactions of those within the learning community, their individual growth and the collective growth of the PLC.
 
What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  The biggest challenge facing education is the pace at which change is occurring. Technology departments are becoming service oriented with students and staff “bringing their own devices” to school with reliance on web-based tools; the Common Core State Standards initiative has become a game changer with a market flooded with “aligned” resources, where there is a need for deep teacher understanding; and then there are two major assessment consortia envisioning simulated, real-life tasks that are driving a new, creative and innovative dimension in education. Everything is subject to change, whether it is driven by technology, the CCSS, the competition for resources, or with assessments—and we must not forget legislation. So, hang on to your hat! The best advice is to embrace change and be a leading faculty member!
 
What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  My approach for helping others be successful teachers/leaders goes back to the diffusion of leadership with a PLC approach. I prefer to be a facilitator through the use of appreciative inquiry and storytelling where educational leaders have the opportunity to participate in a non-threatening way. In the end, they become self-facilitators, collectively shaping their own actions, vision, goals, etc. It is a matter of fit with the cultural expectations and the relationships among members of your educational organization; it is an act of knowing your people, and helping them understand what they have to be able to do to be successful in order to lead their schools.


 

Lyndsey SanderName: Lyndsey Sander
Current position: Adjunct Faculty
Education (University and highest terminal degree): Wichita State University, Masters of Education in Counseling

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  I believe that an effective teacher is responsible for representing the content effectively and accurately by keeping abreast of changes and trends in the education profession. It is also important to convey excitement and enthusiasm over the content and help students realize that learning is a lifelong process.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  One of the significant challenges I face as an online educator is developing personal relationships with my students and establishing an atmosphere of trust and rapport. It is also a challenge to meet the unique needs of each individual student since many of the learners are considered non-traditional.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/leaders?  One approach I take to help students become successful teachers is to encourage real world experience in the classroom. It is important to help students learn and reflect on these experiences while sharing my own professional insight.
 


 

Jill SullivanName:  Mrs. Jill Sullivan
Education (University and highest terminal degree):  M.Ed. Wichita State University;  ESOL and Reading Specialist Endorsements

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  For many years, as an elementary teacher, I was a “worker-bee” – always glad to serve on committees and carrying out responsibilities, but reluctant to volunteer for leadership positions? As time went by, my principal came to me one fall and said, “I have a very young, inexperienced staff this year, and I need for you to step up into leadership positions.” This was out of my comfort zone! However, I took on the chairmanship of the discipline committee and then the Writing Chair for the QPA/NCA committee. It was invariably more work, but also quite satisfying to be contributing to my school.  I then accepted a district grade level chairman position, served on the negotiating team, and district insurance and retirement committees.

For the past four years, I have served as a Reading Specialist in Andover and an affiliate education instructor for Southwestern. I have continued accepting leadership opportunities by serving on the Student Based Support Team, heading our MTSS team, and being a part of our teacher leadership team. Last fall I had the opportunity to speak at the State Board of Education MTSS conference.  I recently developed three ESOL courses for Southwestern. At the beginning of my career, I never envisioned myself carrying out these leadership roles.

I hope every educator keeps abreast of new trends and strategies through graduate classes and professional development and considers “stepping up” as a leader to mentor and support other teachers as a distinguished, educational leader.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  I am privileged to teach education classes online. This does present some challenges. While discussion boards allow opportunity for discourse and I am able to hear from students who might not be willing to share in a face-to-face group, I think we alter the tone and passion for what might be the current discussion. I also find that it is sometimes difficult to explain revisions to student work through Blackboard or email. While I try to be encouraging through the internet, some sincerity might be lost in the written, rather than spoken word. Keeping abreast of technology resources can also be a challenge as a faculty member.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/ leaders?  One thing that I like to do with my students is give choices about projects or even formats that they would like to develop for projects or lesson plans. This enables students to be critical thinkers and think outside the box, instead of always being told that this is the only way something can be done. I also encourage students to share their classroom experiences, challenges, and frustrations with all of us on the discussion board, so that we can learn from one another. I like to provide a variety of resources for students and opportunities for them to do their own research of topics related to the course.


 

Doug vonEhrenkrookName: Doug vonEhrenkrook
Current Position:  Instructional Support Specialist for Sedgwick County Area Educational Services Interlocal Cooperative, Goddard, KS
Education (University and highest terminal degree): Wichita State University MA—Educational Psychology; Special Education – Emotional Disturbance Program Area

What is your perspective on educational leadership and/or teaching?  Teaching calls forth certain personal qualities of character and mind so that others acquire knowledge that can apply to the fullness of their life.  The process of teaching requires that I bring to bear resources of knowledge, experience, energy and invention that I may possess for the good of my students and their understanding.

What significant challenges facing education impact your teaching as a faculty member?  To be an effective instructor requires me to be a continuous learner.  From the vast amount of information available concerning instruction and pedagogy, it is important that I discern, and then clearly present research-based teaching practices as well as evidence-based classroom interventions to adult learners who are or seek to be practitioners in the classroom.  Added to this challenge are the ever-increasing advancements of technology, and the use of these tools in presenting the many important aspects of best-practice instruction.

What are your interests/approaches to helping others be successful as teachers/ leaders?  Adult learners have the desire to be more than what they are now and they wish to be competent to meet life’s circumstances.  This growth (gaining competency) is promoted in the contest of positive relationships as I provide the curriculum to them.  As a career-long special educator, I wish for my students who are preparing to be professional teachers to be committed to developing the highest educational and quality of life potential of individuals with disabilities.