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Faculty

Jean DesJardin, Education Department Chair, Associate Professor, Director of Early Childhood Education, Director of Early Childhood Special Education  

Office location: PPHAC 326
Office phone: 610-861-1317
Email: desjardinj@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.S., Canisius College
B.S., Buffalo State College

Research interests and expertise
Her current research interests include parental involvement in the home literacy environment, language and literacy outcomes, and social-emotional skills for young children with hearing loss. She has worked as consultant on several NIH grants with San Diego State University, University of Southern California, and Indiana University.

Jean L. DesJardin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Education Department at Moravian University. Her undergraduate courses consist of Child Development I and II, Data-Driven Analysis Research, and Student Teaching Seminar. She also teaches two courses for the Masters Program; Comprehensive Literacy Strategies for PreK - 4th Grade and Language Acquisition and Development. DesJardin was a teacher for children with hearing loss for 13 years before obtaining her PhD from UCLA in Special Education and Educational Psychology. She holds a M.S. in Deaf Education.

Her current research interests include parental self-efficacy and involvement in early intervention, the home literacy environment, language and literacy outcomes, and social-emotional skills for young children with hearing loss. She is a consultant on several NIH grants with San Diego State University, University of Southern California, and Indiana University. She has published several articles in the field of early childhood special education and communication disorders, and presents at national and international conferences. 

Jean DesJardin


Tristan Gleason, Director of Graduate Programs

Office location: PPHAC 328
Office phone: 610-861-1452
Email: gleasont@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D., University of Oregon
B.A., Bowdoin College

Research interests and expertise
The intersections between science education, democracy, and social justice; teacher education; the philosophy of education; qualitative research methodologies.

Tristan Gleason, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Moravian University. He teaches sciences methods courses, as well as Reflective Teaching in Secondary Schools. Before completing his Ph.D., he taught middle school and high school science. His current research interests involve the relationships between science education and democracy, the preparation of teachers who serve diverse learners, and philosophically informed qualitative research methods. His forthcoming work will appear in the International Handbook of Research in Teacher Education, and a collection titled Critical Voices in Science Education Research: Narratives of Academic Journeys. Dr. Gleason serves as Director of the post baccalaureate teacher certification programs through Moravian University’s Graduate Studies and Continuing Education program.

Gleason


Edward C. Nolan, Director of Secondary Education

Office Location: PPHAC 324
Office Phone: 610-861-1556
Email: nolane@moravian.edu

Education
B.S., University of Maryland, College Park
M.S., McDaniel College
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park

Research interests and expertise
His current research interests include making sense of mathematics for teaching and the planning and implementation of effective questioning in all classrooms. He supports the professional development of teachers of mathematics across North America and is a co-author of five books.

He has taught middle and high school Mathematics for 19 years, served as an instructional coach and district supervisor, and provides professional development to K-12 teachers across North America. In 2005, he won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for secondary mathematics. His research interests lie in making sense of mathematics for teaching for teachers, both preservice and in-service, through what they notice and how they respond to it, with a focus on questioning.

Nolan


Doris Correll, Director of Field Experiences

Office location: PPHAC 321
Office phone: 610-861-1473
Email: correlld@moravian.edu

Education
M.Ed., Penn State University, University of Turabo
M.A., Marywood College
B.Ed., Kutztown University

Research interests and expertise
Second language acquisition, English as a Second Language, curriculum and instruction

Doris Correll is Director of Field Experience and Certifying Officer for the ESL Certification Program. She earned a B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood/Elementary education from Kutztown
University with a minor in Spanish, a M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies from Marywood University, a M.Ed. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Penn State
University and Turabo University in Puerto Rico, and her PA Principal Certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Over a 35-year career in the Bethlehem Area School District, Doris was an elementary bilingual teacher, an English for Second Language (ESL) specialist, Instructional Support Teacher, Reading Recovery Site Coordinator, and instructor, before becoming the administrator of the English Acquisition Program for sixteen years. She was responsible for designing and delivering a research-based ESL program to 1,100 English Language Learners (ELLs) and families. With a staff of forty teachers, she implemented annual
assessments, manage federal grants, conducted state and federal audits, and completed progress monitoring for ELLs in grades Pre-K to twelve. Instrumental in the design of
Moravian's EL program specialist certification program, one of the first to earn approval from the PA Department of Education in 2004, she continues to teach one of the graduate courses.

Recently during reauthorization, Moravian’s ESL Endorsement Program received a commendation of excellence from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Doris Correll


Laurie G. Kahn, Assistant Professor of Education

Office location: PPHAC 323
Office phone: 610-625-7958
Email: kahnl@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D., University of Oregon
M.S., Mercy College
B.A., Trinity College

Research interests and expertise
Disability Studies in Education, Inclusive Special Education, the intersection of culture and disability in educational research & the education of teachers working with students with disabilities.

Laurie Gutmann Kahn, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Moravian University. She is a special education researcher and educator focusing on disability issues in education. She holds a doctorate in Special Education at the University of Oregon with an emphasis in secondary special education and transition. Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Kahn was a special education high school teacher in the Bronx, New York, where she focused on career development education for students with disabilities. Her research and practice interests include the intersection of identity, culture and disability in educational research, the use of disability studies in special education practices, and the education of teachers working with students with disabilities. Dr. Kahn has published in the Education Forum, Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Teaching Exceptional Children.

Kahn


Bess Collins Van Asselt, Assistant Professor of Education

Office location: PPHAC 327
Office phone: 610-861-1482
Email: VanAsseltB@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., San Francisco State University
B.A., University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign

Research interests and expertise
The intersections of sexuality, gender and race in literacy education; English Education; Queer and Trans* Studies, Gender and Women's Studies

Bess Collins Van Asselt, Ph.D., is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Moravian University. She teaches English methods courses, Literacy as Resistance in Secondary Schools as well as courses in the M.Ed. program. Before completing her Ph.D., she taught high school English Language Arts. Her current research explores the embodied realities and life histories of queer and transgender youth in secondary schools. Her work has been featured in the English Journal and Transgender Studies Quarterly.

Van Asselt


Huijing Wen, Assistant Professor of Education 

Office location: PPHAC 322
Office phone: 610-625-7015
Email: wenh@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D., University of Delaware
M.A., University of Delaware
M.A., Zhejiang University, China
B.A., Gannan Teachers’ College, China

Research interests and expertise
A former English language learner and a current English professional, Dr. Wen is mostly interested in understanding ways to improve teaching and learning in the language art classrooms. Her current research focuses on beginner writers’ discourse knowledge and its role in writing, writing knowledge development and effective classroom instructional approaches to improve writing. She is also interested in understanding digital literacy, teacher cognition among pre-service teachers and cross-cultural literacy instructional practices between China and the U.S.. She worked on several IES grants with University of Delaware exploring writing instruction in elementary schools. Her research was published in Reading and Writing, Journal of Donghua University, etc.. Her work also includes book chapter, translated books, books on English grammar and vocabulary acquisition for Chinese learners of English.

Huijing Wen, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students courses related to language acquisition, literacy development and teaching methodology. She is currently teaching Literacy Assessment and Evaluation, Language Acquisition and Development, Comprehensive Literacy Strategies Prek-4 and 4-8, Emergent Literacy and Language Arts. Dr. Wen has extensive experience in teaching English both as a first language and a second language. She taught in both American and Chinese universities for 12 years before joining Moravian. A former Fulbright scholar and a college professor of English in Shanghai, she published books on English language learning, translated 4 books and worked as an interpreter at renowned international conferences. At Moravian, she is preparing pre- and in-service teachers to teach English to native speakers and students with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Her research interests are understanding early writing development, effective literacy instructional practices, teacher cognition, digital literacy and cross-cultural literacy instructional practices in China and the U.S.

Wen


Carole A. Lutte, Assistant Professor of Practice for Music

Office location: Hurd Campus, Brethren's House, Room 305
Office phone: 610-861-1671 
Email: luttec02@moravian.edu

Research areas and expertise
Music education, curriculum and instruction

Carole Lutte is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in Music and Supervisor of the Music Education Program at Moravian University where she teaches undergraduate courses for the Music and the Education Departments, in the areas of music education curriculum design and methods. She is the advisor to the PCMEA Chapter of future music educators at Moravian University.

In June 2018, she retired after 33 years as an instrumental music teacher in the Easton Area School District where she directed the high school marching band, concert band,
wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, string ensemble, jazz ensemble, chamber string ensemble and the pit orchestra for the school musical, as well as taught the Music History and Jazz Improv/Arranging courses. Under her direction the EAHS instrumental groups have performed in eleven states, the District of Columbia, Germany and Denmark.  Professor Lutte serves as a guest conductor as well as adjudicator.

She has served as the PMEA District 10 President as well as the Chairperson for the Region/State Orchestra for PMEA District 10. She was inducted into the National High School Band Director Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Hall of Fame in 2016. She was recognized as an Outstanding Teacher by Lehigh University College of Education and by the Education Visionary Awards.

Professor Lutte holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education from West Chester University.

Lutte


MaryJo Rosania-Harvie, Interim Professor of Practice in Art

Office location: Art Department, Office Room 6 & Studio 107
Office phone: 610-861-1623
Email: rosaniaharviem@moravian.edu

Education
E.d.D., Kutztown University
M.F.A.,The Union Institute (Vermont College of Fine Arts)
B.F.A., Kutztown University

Research Interests and Expertise:
Educator identity and the impact of educational experiences on teachers and leaders, with an emphasis on feminist leadership. Creative arts-integrated and critical reflective practices for educators with a goal to improve the educational experience for teachers, students, and families. Dr. Rosania-Harvie also has an interest in data visualization practices in education.

Dr. MaryJo Rosania-Harvie comes to Moravian as Interim Professor of Practice in the Art and Education departments. In her career, MaryJo has been an Assistant Principal and Principal in an arts-based charter school and an art educator and artist for over 20 years in K12 public and private settings. MaryJo is certified in K-12 Art Education, grades PK-4, and Educational Administration in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. MaryJo has an M.F.A. from the Vermont College of Fine Arts (formerly The Union Institute) and an E.d.D. in Transformational Teaching and Learning from Kutztown University, where she focused on the postmodern and feminist identities of educators, feminist leadership, teacher leadership, and educator critical reflection. In her doctoral work, she explored how educational memories and experiences impact teachers in the classroom.

Before becoming an art teacher, she earned her BFA from Kutztown University and returned to KU for her post-baccalaureate certification in Art Education. Since 2001, MaryJo has taught students at multiple levels in a variety of settings, primarily focusing on high school art education; while continuing in the classroom, MaryJo was a fine and performing arts supervisor for seven years before her principalship from 2017-2021. MaryJo believes that an integrated creative arts education is the key to building more collaborative and healthier communities and critical thinkers who can engage in creative problem-solving and meaningful self-expression. 

MaryJo is a practicing artist; her work explores identity and feminist inquiry through an interdisciplinary approach and includes drawing, textiles, photography, costume design, video, and performance.

Rosania-Harvie


Adjunct Faculty


Joseph Anthes

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email:  anthesj@moravian.edu

Research Interests and Expertise:
Leadership, program evaluation, equity, curriculum and instruction, social studies education and citizenship.

Joseph Anthes, Ed.D., serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department teaching Social Studies Instructional Strategies for elementary and middle school educators at Moravian University. Joe is also a school district administrator in the Bethlehem Area School District and has served as a principal, assistant principal, and high school school social studies teacher. He earned a BA in History from Gettysburg College, and MAT in Education from The College of New Jersey, and MS in Educational Administration from University of Scranton, and an Ed.D. from Lehigh University. In addition to teaching and leadership, he continues to actively pursue research opportunities and presentations for educational practitioners and researchers in pK-12 education.

Joseph Anthes

Emily Aragona-Young

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: aragona-younge@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise

Educational equity, best practices in curriculum and instruction, positive behavior support systems, and music education

Emily Aragona-Young, Ph.D., completed her undergraduate education in music education and trumpet performance at Marywood University. She graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of St. Cecilia’s Medal for Excellence. She completed her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2006 at Moravian University and was given the Master’s Thesis Award upon graduation. Emily earned her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Technology at Lehigh University in 2017. For the past two decades, she has served as a full time music/choral teacher at Saucon Valley Elementary School. At Moravian University, Emily teaches the Music and Movement course and prepares pre-service teachers to weave high-quality drama, music, and movement techniques into their general education pedagogy. 

Aragona-Young


Cyndi Baylis

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: baylisc@moravian.edu

Research Interests and Expertise:
World language pedagogy, curriculum and assessment design, effective integration of technology tools to build student engagement.

Cynthia started her undergraduate work at Rutgers University, and finished her B.A. in Humanities with Excelsior College in New York. After spending 17 years as a military wife and travelling the world, she decided to go back to school and completed her teaching certification in Spanish at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina. She completed her M.S. in Educational Technology at Wilkes University, and is in the process of completing her 2nd Masters with Wilkes in Online Teaching. Cynthia teaches Spanish at Freedom High School in the Bethlehem Area school district, where she has been since 2003. In 2008, she also took on the role of World Language Department Chair. She has written curriculums for all levels of Spanish, developed Heritage Spanish into a 3 level, AP aligned program, and supervised the writing of curriculum for French and American Sign Language.

Cyndi Baylis


Carolanne Carty

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: cartyc@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise
Special Education, Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education Areas of interest include use of data to drive instruction, infusing technology into instruction, collaboration and celebration of inclusive practices.

Carolanne Carty attended Clemson University for undergraduate studies receiving dual-certification in Elementary and Special Education. She continued at Clemson University as a graduate assistant working on a federally funded Math Inclusion grant which explored the NCTM standards and the effectiveness of Math Kits in inclusive classrooms. It included an intensive study of Dale Seymour TERC materials. She received her Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University in Administration, Supervision and Director of Special Services. She has taught in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia as well as Jefferson Township and the School District of the Chathams in New Jersey. She has 20 years of teaching experience in special education at the elementary level.

Carty


Natalie Chickey

Office Location:  PPHAC 319
Email: chickeyn@moravian.edu

Research Interests and Expertise:  
Curriculum and Instruction Teaching Literacy; Methods of Student Engagement; Educational Leadership; Student Teaching Supervision

Natalie earned a BA in English from Lycoming College; a MA in English from Lehigh University; and completed Supervisory Course Work at Moravian College. Natalie is a retiree of the Bethlehem Area School District where she was an English Teacher and Department Chairperson at Liberty High School for 33 years. She has been a Supervisor of Secondary Student Teaching since 2018 for Moravian University.

Chickey


Mary Colón

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: colonm@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise
Second language acquisition, English as a Second Language, curriculum and instruction.

Mary S. Colón is a graduate of Brooklyn College, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in elementary and bilingual education with a double minor in both early childhood education and Puerto Rican studies.

With this degree, Mary taught in District 19 in Brooklyn, New York for two years before relocating to the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. To continue building upon her passion for education, Mary obtained a master’s degree in elementary education from Kutztown University and completed her principal certification at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Mary S. Colón was a teacher and administrator in the Bethlehem Area School District for 30 years until her retirement in 2014. During her tenure in the Bethlehem Area School District, Mary collaborated with her colleagues on many initiatives. Most significant was a mission to implement a full day kindergarten program, which came to fruition in 2015 when the district launched this program across all 16 elementary schools.

Mary S. Colón’s dedication to community involvement has affiliated her with Community Services For Children, Neighborhood Health Centers of The Lehigh Valley, Northeast Community Center, City of Bethlehem Latino Advisory Committee, and Northampton Community College Early Childhood Advisory Committee. The Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley recognized her with the Outstanding Educator Award in 1999 and 2014, an award not often received twice from this non-profit organization.

Mary S. Colón serves on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs, appointed by Governor Wolf in 2015.

Mary S. Colón is an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department at Moravian University. Moreover, she is a eucharistic minister at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church and a catechist for Holy Infancy Church.

Mary is married to Fernando L. Colón and resides in Allentown. They have two children, Dr. Manuel Colon, MD, and Amelia Colon, CSC/LPC.

Colon


Daniel Cullen

Email: cullend@moravian.edu

Research Interests and Expertise:
Current research pursuits focus on the recruiting and retention of special education teachers and the implementation of high leverage evidence-based practices leading students to transformational outcomes.

Dan is an extremely passionate award winning educator who courageously believes in helping others discover their why and purpose! He believes that the teacher is the most valuable, most dynamic, and most inspirational resource a student can have when unlocking potential, engaging in self-discovery, and creating learning and growth outcomes that last a lifetime! Dan currently serves as a tenured County Administrator and Supervisor of Special Education for Colonial Intermediate Unit 20, a regional educational service agency and branch of the Pennsylvania Department of Education as he provides leadership to public school programs across the K-21 landscape that serve students with a variety of complex needs.

Other professional experience includes service as a Special Education Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Director of Special Services. He has his Bachelor of Science from East Stroudsburg in Therapeutic Recreation, his Master's in Special Education from Centenary University of New Jersey, Master's in Educational Leadership from Centenary University of New Jersey, Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership, Law, and Policy from Liberty University, and his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Centenary University. He also completed the advanced graduate certificate program in Public School Human Resources from Moravian University.

Cullen


Maria Eppolite

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: eppolitem@moravian.edu

Research Interests and Expertise:
Special education, curriculum and instruction, and inclusive practices.

Maria Eppolite earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and Special Education for the Blind and Visually Impaired from Kutztown University, an M.Ed. in Special Education from East Stroudsburg University, and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Caldwell University. During her 42-year career in public education Eppolite taught students with special needs in various locations in New York, Virginia, and New Jersey. She was also a Director of Special Services, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools in various NJ school districts.

Eppolite


Carolyn Evans    

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: evansc@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise
English education, curriculum and instruction

Carolyn Evans earned a B.A. in English from Beaver College (now Arcadia University) and an M.Ed . in Curriculum and Instruction from Moravian University. Before becoming an adjunct at Moravian, Evans worked for 36 years as a secondary English teacher in the Easton Area School District, teaching grades 8 through 12 and developing programs for inclusion and gifted classes. She was the English department coordinator at both Shawnee Intermediate School and Easton Area High School, where she organized mentoring groups for new and experienced English teachers to facilitate novice teacher transition. She served as a PSSA shadow reader, was a semi-finalist for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year, and is a National Writing Project Fellow. In addition to serving as an adjunct at Moravian, Evans has taught courses in content literacy, English methods, and writing for teachers in the University of Education graduate program at Lehigh University.

Carolyn Evans


Jennifer Friedrich

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email:  friedrichj@moravian.edu

Research Interests and Expertise:
Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Autism, Applied Behavior Analysis, Evidence-Based Practices, Animal-Assisted Interventions.

Jennifer Friedrich attended East Stroudsburg University and earned a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She continued at East Stroudsburg University to earn a Master of Education Degree in Special Education. Jennifer started her career working for Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 specializing in working with children with Autism. Continuing her training in the field of autism, she earned advanced certification at the University of Massachusetts in Behavioral Interventions and Autism. Jennifer also earned her K-12 Supervisor Certification at Seton Hall University and a Certificate of Animal and Human Health through the Denver University’s Institute for Human-Animal Connection. Jennifer completed her Doctorate of Education in Special Education through Walden University. Her research focus was on how animal-assisted interventions increase social-communication skills in children with autism. She is a full-time Special Education teacher at the School District of the Chathams and teaches graduate courses for Moravian University’s Autism K-12 Endorsement program. She has 24 years experience teaching special education, specializing in the field of autism and behaviors.

Friedrich


Lynn Fuini-Hetten

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: fuinihettenl@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise
Technology education, educational leadership, curriculum and instruction

Lynn Fuini-Hetten is the Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning in Salisbury Township School District. Previously, Lynn served as the Supervisor of Instructional Practice in the Salisbury Township School District where Lynn was responsible for professional learning for all staff, supporting curriculum development, supervising the district's virtual learning academy (VAST), and managing federal programs. Prior to her work in that position, Lynn served as a middle school teacher, instructional coach, instructional support teacher and assistant principal in the district. Lynn has been an integral part in the success of Salisbury's 1:1 teaching and learning initiative - Teaching and Learning 2020 (TL2020). As a result of her work in the area of professional development, Salisbury Township School District was recently recognized nationally as a Project RED Signature District and an Apple Distinguished Program. Lynn serves on the executive board for the PASA Women’s Caucus, the professional development committee of PASA and the executive board for the Eastern Region PASCD. Lynn received a BS and an MS in elementary education from Kutztown University, principal certification from Penn State University, instructional technology certification from Kutztown University and is currently pursing a doctorate in educational leadership from Wilkes University. Lynn has taught at DeSales University, and currently teaches in CLIU21 principal program as well as the undergraduate and graduate programs at Moravian University.

Fuini-Hetten


Jeffrey Jacoby

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: jacobyj@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise
World language pedagogy, curriculum and instruction

Jeffrey Jacoby resides in Bethlehem, PA. He holds a BA in Spanish and a BA in Telecommunications from Penn State University as well as an M.Ed from Moravian University. Jacoby has spent 16 years teaching all levels of high school Spanish and has 7 years adjunct experience. Jacoby is married with two sons and enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading.

Jacoby


Dawn Ketterman-Benner

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1530
Email: ketterman-bennerd@moravian.edu

Research areas and expertise
Physical education pedagogy, movement and nutrition

Dawn Ketterman-Benner, Professor Emerita, retired from the Moravian University Athletic Department in 2014 after 43 years. She was the former Chairperson of the Physical Education Department, Associate Athletic Director, and Senior Women's Administrator of Athletics.  In addition to her administrative duties, Ketterman-Benner was the Tennis Director/Women's Tennis Coach and founder of the Moravian University Dance Company and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She developed two credit courses--Concepts of Fitness and Wellness and EDUC 218.2--and the former Health and Safety course for Secondary Education. In addition to being an Adjunct for the Education Department, she is an active Alumni Board member for East Stroudsburg University and the LVAIC Dance Consortium and Assistant Boys Tennis Coach for Liberty HS.

Ketterman-Benner


Colleen Klaric

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: klaricc@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise
Reading Specialty, Elementary Education, Science of Reading, Assessment, MTSS, Leader in Me

Colleen Klaric attended Moravian University to earn her B.S. in Sociology with certification in Elementary Education. While working as a classroom teacher, she continued at Moravian for her graduate work to earn her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, ESL endorsement, and reading specialist certification.

In 2016-2017, Colleen was part of a research cohort at Moravian writing about the impact of the Leader in Me program at schools across the Lehigh Valley. She has presented her research locally in the Lehigh Valley and nationally in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Leader in Me Global Summit. Internationally, she has presented at the Action Research Network of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia and The International Conference on Value and Virtue in Practitioner Inquiry in York, United Kingdom.

Colleen currently works as a Training and Consulting staff member at Colonial Intermediate Unit #20. 

Colleen Klaric


Lisa Lynch

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: lynchl@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise

A graduate of Moravian University, Lisa earned her M.A. in reading from Kutztown University and her Administrative Certification from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Lisa spent 34 years working in the Bethlehem Area School District. She started her career as an elementary teacher and then moved on to become a middle school assistant principal and then finally an elementary principal at Fountain Hill.

Lisa has training in the Danielson Framework for Teaching and Learning, Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS), Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling, Trauma Sensitive Schools and, Conflict Resolution.

She is a past member of the International Reading Association and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Lynch


Karen Lynn

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: lynnk04@moravian.edu

Education
M.Ed., DeSales University
B.Ed., DeSales University

Research Interests and Expertise:
Second language acquisition, English as a Second Language.

Karen Lynn earned a B.Ed in Elementary Education and a M.Ed in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from DeSales University. She also obtained PA certification in teaching English 7-12 and a certificate in teaching writing from the National Writing Project through Penn State University.

Karen is serving as an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department teaching ESL Assessment and Support. Karen is currently an ESOL Teacher and Department Chairperson at Freedom High School in the Bethlehem Area School District.

 


Peter J. Mayes, Ph.D.

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: mayesp@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise
Principal leadership, 360-degree feedback for school principals, school construction and facility use, outdoor education

Peter J. Mayes earned his undergraduate degree in elementary education from Bloomsburg University, masters degree from Kutztown University in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction and Wilkes University for his administrative certificate in Educational Leadership. He graduated in 2019 with his Ed. D. In Educational Leadership from East Stroudsburg University. Professionally, he has served the Bethlehem Area School District as an elementary and middle school teacher and is currently the principal of Nitschmann Middle School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. In addition, he has served the Allentown School District as the assistant principal and principal of Mosser Elementary School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. At Moravian University, Mayes teachers courses in school leadership in the graduate and principal certification programs.

Mayes


Jill Moran

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: moranj04@moravian.edu

Research Interests and Expertise:
Math Education, Technology Integration, Teaching and Learning.

Jill graduated from Marywood College with a major in Math and Secondary Education. She taught high school math for several years. With the emergence of technology in education, Jill pursued a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from Lehigh University.

She continued her career in the Bethlehem Area School District as a middle school math teacher and a Technology Integration Specialist. She earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Wilkes University.

Jill served as an Assistant Principal at Nitschmann Middle School before becoming the Principal of Regional Academic Standards Academy (RASA) and then James Buchanan Elementary School. Jill retired from the BASD in August of 2021.

Jill will be serving as a program supervisor for the Education Department.

 


Amanda O’Donnell

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: odonnella@moravian.edu

Research Interests and Expertise:
Elementary Education with a focus in Literacy instruction and assessment, Reading Specialist.

Amanda O'Donnell, M.Ed., serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Education Department teaching the Literacy Specialist at Moravian University. Amanda is also a reading specialist in the Bethlehem Area School District. She earned a BA from Moravian College in Psychology and Elementary Education and her Master's in Reading from East Stroudsburg University.

Amanda O'Donnell


Gina M. Rakos

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: rakosg@moravian.edu

Research areas and expertise
Science Education, biology, environmental science, curriculum, and curriculum development

Gina Rakos completed her undergraduate degree at Kutztown University earning a B.S. in education with minors in biology and general science. She completed her Instructional II certificate at Lehigh University and earned a M.A. in Curriculum and Development from the University of Phoenix. With 32 years in public education, Gina currently teaches AP biology and AP environmental science at Nazareth Area High School, where she spent her entire career. Other courses she taught include Anatomy and Physiology, life science, physical science, and CP biology. Gina served as teacher leader of the science department for 10 years. She trained in Reading Apprenticeship, portfolio assessment, and cooperative learning. She wrote and received grants to enhance service learning and the school environment. Gina recently led a group of students in a STEAM project to make Nazareth Area High School disposable water bottle free. The school made strides towards this goal by installing refillable water bottle stations. Additionally, she currently leads a STEAM project to propose a riparian zone along the Schoeneck Stream to decrease erosion and increase the environmental health.

Rakos


Isabel Resende

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: resendei@moravian.edu

Research areas and expertise
Educational leadership, supervision and evaluation

Isabel Resende completed her undergraduate degree at Moravian University earning a B.S. in Biology. She worked as a genetic researcher, and was published in Nature Genetics before entering the field of education. Resende earned her M.A. in Secondary Education and her M.A. in Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. She holds a supervisory certificate in Curriculum and Instruction, a K-12 Principal certificate, and a Letter of Eligibility for the Superintendency. With 16 years in public education, she currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent at the Nazareth Area School District. Prior to her current position, Resende served as a high school biology teacher, K-12 Math Coordinator, K-12 Supervisor of Curriculum, K-12 Director of Math, Science, Technical Arts, and Educational Technology. In addition to serving as an adjunct faculty at Moravian University, she also serves as an adjunct faculty at Delaware Valley University where she teaches courses in the area of curriculum and instruction, assessment development, and strategic planning.

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Susan Sillivan

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: sillivans@moravian.edu

Research areas and expertise
Second language acquisition, English as a Second Language, curriculum and instruction

A graduate of Moravian University, Susan Sillivan taught 35 years in the Bethlehem Area School District, primarily as an ESL teacher. She holds an M.A. (History) and M.Ed. (Reading) from East Stroudsburg University, with further training in Reading Apprenticeship (Trainer) and participation in Teacher College’s Summer Reading Institute. At Moravian, Sillivan teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. She previously taught ESL program development and language acquisition through content area learning at DeSales University. She provided a variety of in-service programs on reading and ESL instruction for the BASD as well as presenting at the KSRA and ILA conferences. A co-author of the TESOL publication Integrating the ESL Standards Into Classroom Practice, Grades 6-8, Sillivan has contributed to publications on guided comprehension and critical literacy.

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Debra Torok

Office location: Brethren's House 119
Office phone: 610-861-1650
Email: torokd@moravian.edu

Research areas and expertise
Arts education, social justice education

Debra Torok, Ph.D. is an adjunct professor at Moravian University where she teaches courses in music theory, technology, history, and performance. Her writing courses and senior seminars have been on the topic of music of political protest and she began teaching Artists as Activists for the art department in 2011. Torok is a recording artist, pianist, composer, and conductor. Her recordings are heard internationally and are available on iTunes. Two of her compositions were written for a 2005 Amnesty International tribute to human rights, one of her musicals was featured at the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and a commissioned composition was premiered at the Valley Forge National Historical Park in 2015. She has made a number of appearances on PBS. She was music consultant and participated in the concept development for the PBS documentary Make a Joyful Noise, narrated by Charles Osgood. Torok taught at New York University and Lehigh University. She is the current musical director of the Pennsylvania Flute Choir and a charter member of Artists for Amnesty International.

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Anthony R. Villani

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: villania@moravian.edu

Research areas and expertise
Educational leadership program, pre-student teaching

Anthony R. Villani completed his undergraduate degree at Moravian University in elementary education and his masters and administrative certification at Lehigh University.  He has served as a supervisor for the pre-student teaching program at the University in the areas of English and Social Studies since 2007. Currently he also is teaching the Principal Intern Course in the Educational Leadership program at Moravian University.

Before joining the faculty at Moravian University, Villani served as a middle school language arts teacher, middle and high school principal and finished his 31 year tenure in public education as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Bethlehem Area School District. In addition, Villani was trained as an instructor in Standards-based Reform by the National Center on Education and the Economy, and as a Diversity Trainer by REACH (Respecting Ethnic and Cultural Heritage) Center in Seattle, Washington. Prior to his position at Moravian University, he was also trained by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a “Distinguished Educator” to assist troubled districts and schools in improving classroom instruction and student achievement. He is currently employed by Scholastic, Inc. as an account executive and serves as a leadership and intervention consultant to over 100 school districts in Eastern Pennsylvania. Villani is also a 29 year member of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem and serves on the Bach Educational Outreach Committee and the Bach to School Program.

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John Wallaesa

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: wallaesaj@moravian.edu

Research Interests and Expertise:
Literacy instruction in secondary social studies, inquiry-based learning, historical thinking skills, authentic assessment, and the importance of voice and choice in the classroom.

John graduated from Moravian with a B.S. in Social Science and taught Western Civ., AP World History, Honors U.S History II & III, and created two electives (Sports History and Prejudice & Genocide) during my 25 years at Freedom High School in BASD. In addition, he served as a District literacy coach for a few years and earned a M.A. in Educational Technology from Wilkes University.

During his career, he pursued his interest in literacy instruction across the curriculum by becoming a certified Reading Apprenticeship Trainer, attending a Governor’s Institute on literacy instruction, and many other professional development opportunities.

During his time as a teacher, he was an advisor for many activities and clubs including National Honor Society, Student Council, and BASD Mini-Thon. As a firm believer in authentic assessment, his students and I participated in a Sustainability Conference at Lehigh University in 2018 and the Youth and Prejudice Conference at Muhlenberg University.

 


Randy Ziegenfuss

Office location: PPHAC 319
Email: ziegenfussr@stsd.org

Research areas and expertise
Technology education, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning

Randy Ziegenfuss, a magna cum laude graduate of Moravian University in Music and Education, earned his M. A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Technology Leadership and Ed. D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Educational and Organizational Leadership. He currently serves as the Director of Data and Technology in the Salisbury Township School District. Prior to his current position, Ziegenfuss was a classroom music teacher, music department chair and technology integration specialist in the East Penn School District. At Moravian University, Ziegenfuss teaches courses in technology in the undergraduate, graduate and principal certification programs. Professional interests include contemporary frameworks for school leadership, technology and school change, and blended models of teaching and learning.

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Administration

Charisse M Marino, Program Coordinator

Office location:  PPHAC 325
Office phone: 610-861-1558
Email: marinoc02@moravian.edu

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