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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 College. 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. 

 

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Kristin Baxter, Associate Professor, Director of Art Education 

Office location: Art Building, South Campus, Office 2, Floor L
Office phone: 610.861.1463
Email: kbaxter@moravian.edu

Education
Ed.D., Columbia University
M.A., Case Western Reserve University
B.A., New York University

Research interests and expertise
Relationship among the art educator’s studio art practice, self care, and curriculum design; Use of dialogue in idea formation for works of art; practicing artist working in encaustics and fibers.

Kristin Baxter, Ed.D. Associate Professor of Art and Coordinator of the Art Education Program joined the faculty at Moravian College in 2009. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses for the Art and Education Departments, in the areas of art education curriculum design and methods, art history, museum studies, and art for the elementary classroom. She also teaches First Year Seminar, and has also directed a study abroad course on Education in China. She supervises art education student teachers, conducts field observations, and supports art education students in the development of their own studio art practice. She includes many planned trips for her students to museums throughout the area, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Art Library, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Dia: Beacon, Storm King Art Center, the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Allentown Art Museum, Baum School of Art, Grounds for Sculpture, and many others.

She is the author of numerous articles on using studio-art-practice-as-research, the role of a sustained studio art practice in art education pedagogy, and the educational value of incorporating family snapshots in art education. Her publications appear in the scholarly, peer-reviewed journals Art Education, Teaching Artist Journal, International Journal of Art and Design Education and School Arts. Her first book entitled, Recollections of family photographs from five generations: The role of narrative and reflexivity in organizing experience, explores the role of snapshots within a Constructivist curriculum framework and was published in 2009 by VDM-Verlag.

Baxter continues to present her research regularly to local and international audiences through professional conferences of the National Art Education Association, Pennsylvania Art Education Association, the Action Research Network of the Americas, and the International Society for Education through Art World Congress.

Baxter is a practicing artist who works in a variety of art mediums, such as encaustics, knitting, and collage. She exhibits her work regularly with the Allentown Arts Collective and in shows at Moravian College. She has also exhibited her work at Cummings Art Gallery at Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA; Antonio Salemme Foundation Gallery, Allentown; Nurture Nature Center, Easton, PA; New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA; Augusta Savage Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and Macy Gallery, Teachers College Columbia University, New York.

She is the recipient of numerous grants from Moravian College such as Digital Humanities Pedagogy Course Development Grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Faculty Development and Research Committee Grant; Committee for the Advancement of Teaching Grant; and Leadership Center’s Community Grant.

She is on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association and serves as Advocacy Chair. Baxter along with Heather Fountain, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art Education at Kutztown University were co-chairs of the 2013 Annual Conference of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. They won the Zenith Award, presented by Discover Lehigh Valley, for their outstanding leadership organizing this conference. Baxter also received the 2013 PAEA Outstanding Regional Representative Award.

 

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Doris Correll, Director of Field Experiences

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

Education
M.Ed., University of Turabo, Penn State University
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 Community School Coordinator.  She earned her B.S.Ed. in Early Childhood/Elementary education from Kutztown University, her M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies from Marywood University, her 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, Doris was a regular education teacher, bilingual teacher, English for Second Language (ESL) specialist, Instructional Support Teacher, Reading Recovery Site Coordinator and instructor. From 2001-2017, she served as Supervisor of the English Acquisition Program in the Bethlehem Area School District, where she was responsible for implementing annual assessments, conducting state and federal government audits, and completing progress monitoring of 1,100 English Language Learners Pre-K to twelve.
 
Doris has made presentations on best practices in ELL instruction within the BASD, at Lehigh Valley colleges, and for the National Association of Bilingual Education. Doris serves on the Pennsylvania Commission on Latino Affairs and was instrumental in the design of Moravian’s ESL program specialist certification program, one of the first to be approved in the Commonwealth of Education, and one which in its reauthorization received a commendation of excellence from PDE.
 

 

Tristan

Tristan Gleason, Assistant Professor, Director of Secondary Education, 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 College. 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 College’s Graduate Studies and Continuing Education program.

 

Lauren

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 College. 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.

 

Ed Nolan

Edward C. Nolan, Assistant Professor of 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.

 

Yosung Song, Assistant Professor of Education

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Office location: PPHAC 318
Office phone: 610-625-7971
Email: songy@moravian.edu

Education
Ph.D., Syracuse University 
M.P.S.,  State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz 
B.A., Seoul National University of Education

Research interests and expertise
Inclusive Teacher Education, Critical Disability Studies, Disability Studies in Education, Universal Design for Learning, Intersection of student's refugee background and disability, Curriculum Modification/Differentiation, Multicultural Education

Yosung Song, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Moravian College. She is originally from South Korea and taught students with and without disabilities in public elementary schools. She holds doctorate in Special Education and certificate of advanced studies in both Disability Studies and Leadership of International and Non-Government Organizations at Syracuse University. Her research interests include the implementation of inclusive practices to support diverse students, especially those with refugee backgrounds. She conducted research on inclusive education in township schools in South Africa and about disability in the context of North Korea. She has presented at multiple international conferences. Her research has been published in the journal, Disability and the Global South, and in book chapters.

 

Bess Collins Van Asselt, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

Bess Van Asselt

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 College. 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.

 

Huijing Wen, Assistant Professor of Education 

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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.

 

Adjunct Faculty

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Emily Aragona-Young

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1558
Email: emily.young@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise
Music education

Emily Aragona-Young 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 College and was given the Master’s Thesis Award upon graduation. Emily is currently finishing her doctoral work at Lehigh University where she is studying Teaching Learning and Technology. Emily is a full time music teacher at Saucon Valley Elementary School. There, she is the choral director and musical theater director. Additionally, she teaches online education courses to graduate students and serves as an adjunct instructor in Moravian’s education department. Emily’s research interests include educational equity, best practices in curriculum and instruction, positive behavior support systems, and music education.

 

Carolanne Carty

Carolanne Carty

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1558
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.

 

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Mary Colon

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1558
Email: colonm@moravian.edu

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

 

Carolyn

Carolyn Evans    

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1558
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 College. 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 College of Education graduate program at Lehigh University.

 

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Roseria McGovern Frey

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

Research interests and expertise
Educational Leadership and Administration: Supervision of Instruction, Assessment, Curricula, Personnel, and Students: Pre-K to 8th grade.

Roseria McGovern Frey had been an elementary and middle school assistant principal for the Saucon Valley School District in Hellertown PA for 4 years, and an elementary principal for 12 years. Prior to her administrative experience, she taught from Kindergarten to 8th grade in public and private schools, as well as urban, rural, and suburban schools.

Ms. Frey earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education at Temple University, A Master of Science Degree in Education from Wilkes University, K-12 Principal’s Certification at East Stroudsburg University, and pursued administrative graduate work at Lehigh University. Upon retiring from public education, Ms. Frey joined Moravian College as a supervisor for student teachers, and as an adjunct instructor for Stage 3, Pre-Student Teaching Field Experiences.

 

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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 College.

 

 

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Jeffrey Jacoby

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1558
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 College. 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.

 

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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 College 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 College 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.

 

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Colleen Klaric, Reading Specialist

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1558
Email: klaricc@moravian.edu

Research interests and expertise
Elementary Education with a focus in Literacy instruction and assessment, Leader in Me

Colleen Klaric attended Moravian College 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 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 is currently working as a reading specialist at Freemansburg Elementary School in the Bethlehem Area School District.

 

Carole

Carole A. Lutte

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1558
Email: luttec02@moravian.edu

Research areas and expertise
Music education, curriculum and instruction

Carole Lutte is currently an adjunct faculty member of the Music Education Department at Moravian College where she serves as the supervisor of all Music Education students and teaches; Teaching Music to Adolescents and Adults, Music Education Seminar and Teaching Music to Children. 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 course.

Under her direction the EAHS instrumental groups have performed in eleven states, the District of Columbia, Germany and Denmark. They have played numerous times at Disney World and at many professional sport venues, including N.Y. Giant and Jacksonville football games, Phillies baseball games, and 76ers basketball games. The Marching Band has performed at nine college bowl games or parades and has been chosen to represent Pennsylvania at the 2003 Pennsylvania Inaugural Parade, the 1994 Pasadena Rose Bowl Parade and the 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade.

Ms. Lutte has served as the PMEA District 10 President and currently serves as the Chairperson for the Region/State Orchestra 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 in 1992 and by the Education Visionary Awards in 2007. Ms. Lutte was presented the George Wolf Education Award in 2016.

Ms. Lutte received her B.S. Music Education and M. Music Education from West Chester University. Her professional affiliations include the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and the Pennsylvania State Educator’s Association (PSEA).

 

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Peter J. Mayes, Ph.D.

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1558
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 College, Mayes teachers courses in school leadership in the graduate and principal certification programs.

 

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Gina M. Rakos

Office location: PPHAC 319
Office phone: 610-861-1558
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 29 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.

 

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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 College 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 College, 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 College, 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 College 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 Educational Leadership Program, Pre-Student Teaching

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

Research areas and expertise
Educational leadership

Anthony R. Villani completed his undergraduate degree at Moravian College 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 College 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 College.

Before joining the faculty at Moravian College, 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 College, 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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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 College 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 College, 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.