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At UIndy, teaching counts! This is especially true in the School of Education. Our faculty not only specialize in their content areas, but also are experts in the art and science of how to teach to all varieties of learners. UIndy faculty have an average of 16 years of experience in K-12 classrooms, so they know first-hand how challenging, yet rewarding, it can be. Most methods classes are taught on-site at area schools where UIndy professors collaborate with K-12 teachers to prepare our graduates with the knowledge, skills and characteristics needed in today's and tomorrow's classrooms. In recent years, many School of Education faculty members have been named Teachers of the Year by UIndy and/or their state professional organizations.

Dr. Rachael Aming-Attai, School of Education

Dr. Rachael Aming-Attai


Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

Esch Hall, 230B
317-791-5953
amingattair@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary and secondary schools; elementary and secondary education field experience supervision

Background
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago,where she taught as a generalist at the elementary level for ten years, and then taught mathematics at the secondary level for six years. Came to the United States in 2003 to pursue a Master's Degree in Mathematics Education at Ball State University. Also obtained a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from Ball State. Recently completed a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Research Interests
how students learn to reason multiplicatively, quantitatively and algebraically; how students learn via problem-solving; the mathematical preparation of prospective mathematics teachers; the connection of research on mathematical learning to mathematics teachers' practices; the mathematical skills of exceptional students in inclusive classrooms; equity in mathematics education

Education
PhD, Curriculum & Instruction (Mathematics Education), Indiana University
MA, Educational Psychology (Statistical & Research Methods), Ball State University
MA, Mathematics Education (Secondary), Ball State University
B.Ed, Elementary Education (Mathematics & Science), University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Certificate in Education (Mathematics), University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago
Certificate in Counseling & Psychology, National Institute for Higher Education, Science & Technology, Trinidad & Tobago

Fun fact
I am originally from the Caribbean so I love anywhere there's sand, surf and sun. Of course, I love to swim. I also enjoy singing, dancing, reading and playing the guitar (though I'm not very good). I am married with three wonderful children who lovingly call me "the nutty professor" due to my playful pranks on them.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Working with such dynamic colleagues, and teaching such wonderful students. The atmosphere is very personal, and it affords me the opportunity to get to really know everyone. I love that the university celebrates all aspects of diversity, and I am particularly fond of the annual Celebration of the Flags ceremony.

Dr. Terrence Harewood, School of Education

Dr. Terrence Harewood

Associate Professor of Teacher Education 

Esch Hall, 244K
317-788-2104
tharewood@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
multicultural education, social foundations of education, multicultural school transformation, teachers' and school leaders' intercultural competency development

Background
Currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education and social foundations where his primary role is in the preparation of interculturally competent pre-service teachers and school leaders. Was named the University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year in 2011. Conducts research in the area of intercultural competency development of pre-service and inservice teachers and also regularly serves as a site team member to audit various Mayor of Indianapolis Charter Schools. Serves as a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and was recently certified to be a national IDI qualifying seminar facilitator.

Research Interests
educators' development of intercultural competence; correlation between teachers' intercultural competence and the rate by which they refer students of color for discipline

Education
PhD, Educational Leadership/Multicultural School Transformation, Miami University 
MA, Mass Communication/Intercultural Communication, Murray State University
BA, Journalism, Murray State University

Fun fact
I am a former track standout and have represented my native Barbados at several international track meets, including the Pan American Games, World Senior Championships (Japan) and World Junior Championships (Bulgaria), where I led my 4x400-meter relay team to a fifth-place finish. I also facilitate student intellectual and cultural development by leading several travel courses, including a civil rights tour through the southern United States and several international trips to Barbados and Cuba.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Students, students, students. I am impassioned by my work in being a vessel of transformation.

Dr. Jean Lee, School of Education

Dr. Jean Lee

Associate Director, Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship
Associate Professor of Secondary Education 

Esch Hall, 244R
317-788-3456
jslee@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
project-based learning, mathematics education

Background
Experience includes delivering professional development presentations in project-based learning and algebra readiness to in-service teachers. Previously a mathematics teacher from San Diego, and taught courses ranging from Algebra Remediation to AP Calculus. Currently secretary for the Hoosier Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Participated in the 2011 Mathematics Education Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) Program that was funded by a National Science Foundation grant.

Research Interests
preparing and supporting STEM teachers to engage in standards-based, innovative curricula and instructional models, and enhancing the knowledge needed for successful implementation; investigating how teachers design and implement project-based learning units in a mathematics classroom; the kinds of teacher-supports used to sustain rigorous mathematics units; learning opportunities teachers provide and how students take part in these opportunities

Education
PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University   
M.Ed, Education, University of California-San Diego
BA, Pure Mathematics, University of California-San Diego

Fun fact
I enjoy working out, running and kickboxing, and enjoy eating food a little too much!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The class sizes at UIndy are small, so we can really deliver quality instruction.  

Dr. Colleen Sheehy, School of Education

Dr. Colleen S. Mulholland

Interim Dean
Associate Professor of Secondary Education


Esch Hall, 244D
317-788-3778
mulhollandc@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
media literacy, content area literacy, educational technology, young adult literature

Background
Taught middle school and high school English /Language Arts for ten years in the Orlando, Florida, area prior to earning her doctorate. Has taught in all of the Teacher Education programs at UIndy and has collaborated on grants, journal articles and curriculum development with colleagues and current K-12 teachers. Currently holds national board certification in adolescent/young adult English/Language Arts and researches many different aspects of literacy for the secondary teacher and learner.

Research Interests
media literacy to improve reading comprehension; text structure analysis and common core implications; pre-service teacher development

Education
EdD, Curriculum & Instruction, University of Central Florida
MA, Instructional Media/Technology: Instructional Systems, University of Central Florida
BA, Middle School Education, University of Kentucky

Fun fact
I once worked at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The ability to make connections with faculty all over campus and to maintain connections with students after they graduate.

Dr. Greta Pennell, School of Education

Dr. Greta Pennell

Professor of Teacher Education

Esch Hall, 230H
317-788-3365
gpennell@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
developmental & educational psychology, gender, identity development, toy advertising, science education, conceptual change processes

Background
Directed the Masters program in Curriculum and Instruction. Was named Distinguished Educator of the year in 2003 by the Indiana Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Hosted a weekly radio program on educational issues. Served as Executive Director of UIndy's Honors College. A developmental/social psychologist by training, Pennell also has a strong interdisciplinary background that includes service learning, issues of social justice and community outreach. Involved with community groups and serves on various boards (e.g., Christel House International, IPS #65, Alliance for Democracy) and serves as president of the Association for Humanist Sociology. Previous experience includes seven years of science teaching (biology and physical science) experience at the middle and high school levels, leading workshops and enrichment programs designed to encourage young women in the sciences, and three years as the assistant curator of Science Spectrum, a hands-on science gallery at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

Research Interests
gender identity, children's toy preferences, school-related attitudes & achievement

Education
PhD, Developmental and Social Psychology, Rutgers University
MS, Developmental Psychology, Rutgers University
MA, Educational Administration, University of Massachusetts
MA, Secondary Education, Indiana University
BS Zoology, Iowa State University

Fun fact
My work as Santa Claus' chief elf was featured in Good Housekeeping magazine two years in a row.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students

Kate Reinhardt, School & Field Liaison, School of Education

Ms. Kate Reinhardt

School & Field Liaison
Assistant Professor

Esch Hall, 230G
317-788-3256
reinhardtkm@uindy.edu
Dr. Beverly Reistma, School of Education

Dr. Beverly Reitsma

Associate Professor

Esch Hall, 244M
317-788-3366
breitsma@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
children's literature, early childhood, literacy

Background
Teaching experiences span preschool to university level. Highlights include helping start a preschool program in her hometown, volunteering as the librarian in her daughter's elementary school, and becoming the library media specialist at Eastern Kentucky University's P-12 laboratory school. Served as the English/Language Arts Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Education, which led to her current position at UIndy.

Research Interests
elementary teachers' beliefs about teaching science; choice as a motivation for reading

Education
EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, Literacy Concentration, University of Kentucky
MLS, Library Science, Western Michigan University
BA, Elementary Education, Western Michigan University

Fun fact
While I am known as the "cat-lover" of the department, I recently got a golden retriever puppy named Cricket.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students!!!

Dr. Angelia Ridgway, School of Education

Dr. Angelia Ridgway

Director of Secondary Education
Professor of Secondary Education  



Esch Hall, 244B
317-788-4903
aridgway@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
modern language teaching methodology, adolescent development

Background
Extensive K-12 teaching experience in both public and private school settings. Published two books on instructional strategies. UIndy School of Education Teacher of the Year Nominee in 2010. Received the 2011-2012 "Collegiate Spanish Teacher of the Year Award" from the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese for her contributions to preparing beginning Modern Language teachers.

Research Interests
secondary teaching methodology, engagement strategies, teacher development

Education
PhD, Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana State University
M.Ed Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Secondary Education and Spanish
BA, Spanish Education

Fun fact
My family includes five generations of teachers!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The familial atmosphere of the campus

Deborah Sachs, School of Education

Ms. Deborah Sachs

Director, Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship
Assistant Professor 

Esch Hall, 244N
317-788-2052
dsachs@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
education, science, brain compatible teaching strategies

Background
Taught high school science for 21 years. Member of several professional organizations and has presented at numerous state, regional and national education conferences including the National Science Education Association, ASCD, the Association for Middle Level Education and Learning Forward. Co-author of 14,641 Lesson Plans: a Flip-Book for Designing Engaging Lessons.

Research Interests
effective teaching strategies

Education
MS, Education, Butler University
BS, Education, University of Indianapolis

Fun fact
I have traveled over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The collegiality that exists across the entire campus

John Somers, Director of Graduate Programs, School of Education

Dr. John Somers

Director, Graduate Programs
Associate Professor of Teacher Education

Esch Hall, 244L
317-788-4918
jsomers@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
applied behavior analysis, emotional and behavior disorders, curriculum related to special education, school leadership, change theory

Background
Over 25 years as a special education teacher, principal and director of child psychiatric services. Recognized by Indiana Council for Exceptional Children as Special Education Professor of the Year in 2012.

Research Interests
social skills instruction, educational simulations and games, teacher quality

Education
EdD, Curriculum & Instruction and School Administration, Indiana University
BS/MS, Elementary Education and Special Education, Indiana University

Fun fact
I live in a log cabin with two wood stoves as the primary source of heat, no city water and no land-based internet or cable television!

Favorite thing about UIndy
The focus on teaching and student development.

Dr. Nancy Steffel, School of Education

Dr. Nancy Steffel

Director, Elementary Education
Professor of Teacher Education


Esch Hall, 244A
317-788-3286
nsteffel@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
literacy, elementary education

Background
Coordinated application to receive International Reading Association's "Certificate of Distinction" for UIndy's elementary literacy program for 2009-2016. Named UIndy's 2008 Teacher of the Year. Past president of Indiana Reading Professors and Indiana State Reading Association. Named to the Indiana Reading Hall of Fame in 2010. Currently serves as chair of the Decatur Township Educational Foundation and co-counselor for UIndy's Kappa Delta Pi Sigma Omicron chapter, which has continually be recognized as an ACE (Achieving Chapter Excellence) chapter.

Research Interests
preparing effective and confident elementary teachers; connecting teachers and children's families with literacy invitations.

Education
EdD, Reading/Language Education and Special Education, Indiana University
MS, Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement, Indiana University
BA, Elementary Education with a Math Endorsement, Purdue University

Indiana State Teachers Life License, General Elementary K—8 with endorsements in Reading (K-12) and Learning Disabled/Neurologically Impaired (K-12)
School Services Personnel Life License - Reading Specialist

Fun fact
I am an avid collector of children's books and picture book art and I love my pet dachshund, Buddy.

Favorite thing about UIndy
My students–their enthusiasm about learning and teaching

Donna Stephenson

Instructor & Licensing Advisor


Esch Hall, 244U
317-788-4917
dstephenson@uindy.edu
Dr. Libby Turner, Instructor, Elementary Education

Dr. Libby Turner

Instructor

Esch Hall, 244W
317-788-2051
eturner@uindy.edu
Dr. Lynn Wheeler, School of Education

Ms. Lynn Wheeler

Assistant Professor of Teacher Education


Esch Hall, 244T
317-788-3446
wheelerl@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
school-community relations; teacher evaluation; models of effective instruction, including project-based learning; strategic planning for school and program improvement; balancing management and leadership; utilizing technology to enhance instruction; career and technical education

Background
Worked for many years in Indiana public schools as a building-level administrator, counselor and Spanish teacher, including several assignments in career and technical education centers. Has made multiple presentations about online leadership simulations and games.

Research Interests
teaching with technology; school-community relations; school transformation

Education
Certificate program in school administration, Indiana University
EdS, Counseling & Guidance, Educational Inquiry Methodology and Spanish, Indiana University
MS, Counseling & Guidance and Spanish, Indiana University
BA, Spanish Education and Russian Education, Purdue University

Fun fact
I am from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. I love to ski, make bratwurst and cheese fondue, and have been sturgeon fishing on Lake Winnebago.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students!

Dr. Gaoming Zhang, School of Education

Dr. Gaoming Zhang

Associate Professor of Teacher Education


Esch Hall, 244H
317-788-3245
zhangg@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
educational technology, educational psychology, globalization and education, literacy instruction

Background
Research focuses on using technologies to construct meaningful learning environments, the impact of globalization on education, and using technology to facilitate language learning. Work has appeared in Asia Pacific Journal of Education, EDUCAUSE Review, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and On the Horizon. Was recently awarded an Innovator Grant to work with teacher candidates and prepare them to teach effectively with iPads in K-12 classrooms.

Research Interests
technology integration, language learning, globalization and education, educational reforms and policies

Education
PhD, Educational Psychology and Educational Technology, Michigan State University
MA, Literacy Instruction with specialization in Second Language Acquisition, Michigan State University  

Fun Fact
I speak Mandarin Chinese and English.

Favorite Thing About UIndy
The people