School of Education

Faculty and Staff

Dean's Office

Kathleen M. DaBoll-Lavoie

Kathleen M. DaBoll-Lavoie

Dean
585-389-2618
kdaboll9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 275
Bio

Education: B.A., SUNY College at Potsdam; M.S.Ed., SUNY at Binghamton; Ph.D., Syracuse University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Differentiated instruction; Social studies education; Inclusive education; Program development and evaluation; Student learning outcomes.

Patricia A. Huntington

Patricia A. Huntington

Certification Officer
585-389-2051
phuntin6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 205
Additional Positions:
Director of Academic Support Services and Certification Officer in Education, School of
Kathryn A. Blasio

Kathryn A. Blasio

Coordinator of Data Management
585-389-2152
kblasio6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 279
Teresa Riekstins

Teresa Riekstins

Executive Assistant to the Dean & Certification Office
585-389-2592
triekst8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 273
Additional Positions:
Executive Secretary to the Dean & Certification Office in Education Dean
Kai M. Strange

Kai M. Strange

Co-Director - Teaching Opportunity Corps.
585-389-2653
kstrang7@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 207
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
Lenora P. Thomas

Lenora P. Thomas

Department Assistant
585-389-2947
lthomas0@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 203

Faculty

Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Chairperson / Associate Professor / Undergraduate Program Director in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
mcallah5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 261
Bio

Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame, Ed.M. & Ph.D., State University of New York At Buffalo.

Teaching and Research Interests: English education; Adolescent literacy & pedagogy; media literacy and media arts.

Jim Fenwick

Jim Fenwick

Professor & Chair / Director, Graduate Educational Technology Specialist Program in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-2630
jfenwic3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 283
Bio

Education: B.A., Hartwick College; M.S., University of Bridgeport; Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

Teaching and Research Interests: Computer simulation, technology, and robotics.

Proudest Moments: Dr. Fenwick is most proud of books he has authored on the programming language Logo and the hybrid program.

Timothy R. Glander

Timothy R. Glander

Professor and Chair in Social & Psychological Foundations of Education
585-389-2996
tglande7@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 293
Bio

A former high school English teacher in New York City, Dr. Glander spent an early part of his career with the Professional Examination Service. He has also held teaching, research, and administrative positions at Marist College, Ithaca College, University of Illinois at U-C, and Rockhurst University. A graduate of Michigan State University, he holds an M.A. in Philosophy of Education from Teachers College/Columbia University and a Ph.D. in History of Education/Educational Policy Analysis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Origins of Mass Communications Research During the American Cold War: Educational Effects and Contemporary Implications (Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. Publishers, 2000) and co-editor (with Karen Graves and Christine Shea) of Inexcusable Omissions: Clarence Karier and the Critical Tradition in History of Education Scholarship (New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 2001).

Shanna M. Jamanis

Shanna M. Jamanis

Associate Professor & Chair in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2622
sjamani9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 257
Bio

Education: B.A., SUNY College at Geneseo; M.S., SUNY at Albany; Ph.D., University of Oregon.

Teaching and Research Interests: Autism spectrum disorders, personnel preparation; multiple perspectives and social model of disability; diverse learners; positive behavioral support; pre-service teacher education; instructional design; special education; systemic change.

Hongzhuan (Sam) Song

Hongzhuan (Sam) Song

Assistant Professor in TESOL in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-2959
hsong6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 225
Additional Positions:
Director of the English Language Institute & Director of the Asia Pacific Rim Initiatives in Center for International Education
Director of the English Language Institute & Director of the Pacific Rim Initiatives in English Language Institute
Bio

Education: B.A., Anqing Teachers College (China); M.A., Fresno Pacific University; Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Dr. Song has worked in international education development for two decades, both in China and in the United States. His interest stems from his personal experience.

“My choice to study abroad two decades ago has turned out to be one of the most rewarding decisions in my life,” Dr. Song says. “It not only has broadened my intellectual horizon but it has also given me a much wider choice of careers.”

He holds a B.A. in American and British Language and Literature from Anqing Teachers College in China, an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Fresno Pacific University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities).

His academic interests include language and culture, language curriculum development, and educational policy and curriculum development. “My teaching philosophy always focuses on inspiring students to explore on their own through facilitating the learning process,” he says.

“Nazareth is an ideal higher education institution where students can receive a solid liberal arts education, essential preparation for both advanced education and career development. Everything on the Nazareth campus is set in a way that students will feel at home from the day they arrive.”

Sheryl A. Adams

Sheryl A. Adams

Field Placement Program Director in Education, School of
585-389-2596
sadams2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 277
Jim Black

Jim Black

Associate Professor / Graduate Program Director in Adolescence Education
585-389-2619
jblack8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 201
Bio

Education: B.A., SUNY Albany; M.S. Syracuse University; Ph.D., Syracuse University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Inclusive Education Program Models, Systems Change, Differentiated Instruction; Learning Strategies and Assistive Technology.

Kathryn A. Blasio

Kathryn A. Blasio

Coordinator of Data Management in Education, School of
585-389-2152
kblasio6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 279
David J. Caiazza

David J. Caiazza

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
dcaiazz7@naz.edu
Rui Cheng

Rui Cheng

Associate Professor / Director, TESOL for International Educators in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-2441
rcheng9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 297
Bio

Education: B.A., Shanxi University; M.A., Capital Normal University; Ph.D., University of South Florida

Teaching and Research Interests: Second language acquisition and English instruction, distance learning, computer facilitated language learning, uses of technology in instruction.

Danielle Lynn Compton

Danielle Lynn Compton

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
dfarkas6@naz.edu
Ellen Contopidis

Ellen Contopidis

Professor / Graduate Inclusive Childhood Education Program Director in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2916
econtop4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 251
Bio

Education: B.A., Herbert H. Lehman of CUNY; M.S. Ed., SUNY College of Brockport; Ph.D., SUNY, University Center at Albany

Teaching and Research Interests: Special Education, Transition Services, Disproportionality in Special Education, Universal Design for Learning, Interprofessional Education, Assessment in Teacher Education

Poonam C. Dev

Poonam C. Dev

Professor in Social & Psychological Foundations of Education
585-389-2620
pdev2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 200D
Bio

Dr. Poonam Dev has been at Nazareth College since 1997. She has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, and served on a number of committees. She completed a Ph.D. in special education, with an emphasis in learning disabilities, from Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN) in 1996. Before emigrating to the USA, Poonam taught students with and without special needs in Grades 1-12 in New Delhi, India, for about 12 years. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hays scholarship for a seminar in South Africa in July-August, 2008. Her publications and presentations focus on topics related to teacher education, and self-concept and intrinsic motivation of
students with learning disabilities.

Kerry A. Dunn

Kerry A. Dunn

Associate Professor in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-5138
kdunn4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 229
Bio

Education: B.A., Saint Michael's College; M.A., City College of New York; Ed.D., NOVA Southeastern University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Differentiated instruction; Literacy assessment; Supporting new teachers; Integrating UDL across all learning environments; Community relations: home/school connections; Self-reflection as a means to inform teaching and learning.

Naomi B. Erdmann

Naomi B. Erdmann

Professor / Director of Graduate Literacy Programs / Director of the Marie Callahan Reading Center in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-2614
nerdman0@naz.edu
Lourdes 5
Bio

Director of the Marie Callahan Reading Clinic

Education: B.Ed. & M.Ed., National College of Education; Ed.D., Syracuse University

Teaching and Research Interests: Emergent learners; foundations of literacy; diagnosis of reading and writing needs; accelerating the progress of students who need support in becoming readers and writers; children's literature and its use in the classroom; and program assessment and evaluation.

Proudest Moments: Working at a school that resulted in its being removed from the schools under registration review (SURR) list and working on Rochester Mayor Duffy's Literacy Council.

David R. Halpern

David R. Halpern

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
dhalper8@naz.edu
Craig Hill

Craig Hill

Faculty Emeritus in Education, School of
585-389-2947
chill0@naz.edu
Maria Baldassarre Hopkins

Maria Baldassarre Hopkins

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Learning Outcomes Assessment in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-5194
mhopkin8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 285
Bio

Education: Ph.D. in literacy, Ed.M., B.A., State University of New York Buffalo

Teaching and Research Interests: Current issues in literacy education, including multicultural literature, social justice and educational equity, and new literacies.

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Kelly M. Hutchinson-Anderson

Kelly M. Hutchinson-Anderson

Assistant Professor / Science Educator in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
khutchi8@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 327
Additional Positions:
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Education / Science Educator in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bio

Education: B.S. Nazareth College;  M.S., Ph.D. Purdue University

Teaching and Research Interests: Science education, general chemistry, nanoscience. In my courses, students are engaged in the classroom through discussions and working problems collaboratively in both large and small groups, as I believe that knowledge construction and skill development occur when you create the knowledge yourself as an active, rather than passive learner. My courses incorporate real-life examples and previous experiences, encourage discovery, and provide variety for diverse learners.

Rachel Bailey Jones

Rachel Bailey Jones

Director of the Core Curriculum / Associate Professor in Social & Psychological Foundations of Education
585-389-5139
rjones3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 259
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Curriculum and Teaching with a Specialization in Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching and Research Interests: Colonial and post-colonial forms of education, gender and sexuality in education, and the relationship between popular culture and education. She has a special fascination with Disney and its role in shaping and educating us about normal and appropriate gender and sexual roles.

Laura C. Jones

Laura C. Jones

Professor in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-2634
ljones1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 289
Bio

Education: B.A., St John Fisher College; M.A., Central Washington University; Ph.D., University of Washington

Teaching and Research Interests: YA literature, content area literacy, CMC/digital literacies, teaching English as a second language, and teacher leadership.

Proudest Moments: Dr. Jones is proud of her collaborations and work with the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival which attracts hundreds of middle and high school students each year.

Melyssa Lauren Mantell

Melyssa Lauren Mantell

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
mmantel4@naz.edu
Kay Marshman

Kay Marshman

Faculty Emerita in Education, School of
585-389-2947
kmarshm1@naz.edu
Cindy McPhail

Cindy McPhail

Professor and Director of TESOL Certifications Programs and Bilingual Extension Program in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-2607
cmcphai2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 294
Bio

Education: B.A., Hamilton College; Ed.M. & Ph.D., State University of New York Buffalo

Teaching and Research Interests: TESOL; language acquisition; bilingual education; elementary education, reading fluency (prosidy), English language learners.

Proudest Moments: Dr. McPhail is proud of a federal grant for more than $1 million that allowed Nazareth College to host the ELL Consortium for 5 years and to begin the bilingual extension program. That program provides an important service to the greater Rochester community in a specialty in which it is perennially difficult to recruit appropriately certified teachers.

David Thomas Passero

David Thomas Passero

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
dpasser2@naz.edu
Emily C. Perkins

Emily C. Perkins

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
eperkin7@naz.edu
Jennie Schaff

Jennie Schaff

Associate Professor in Language, Literacy & Technology Education
585-389-2957
jschaff2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 287
Bio

Education: B.S. and M.S., Simmons College; Ph.D., George Mason University

Teaching and Research Interests: Assistive technology, web design, and special education.

Proudest Moments: Dr. Schaff is proud to have led the 2008 March of Remembrance and Hope trip with 20 Nazareth Students who traveled through German and Poland with Holocaust Survivors. Together they studied Eastern European History as well as genocides occurring in our world today.

Denise Michelle Schultz

Denise Michelle Schultz

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
dschult2@naz.edu
Raymond E. Sherbinski

Raymond E. Sherbinski

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
rsherbi6@naz.edu
Christina Sloane

Christina Sloane

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
csloane8@naz.edu
Shirley Mthethwa Sommers

Shirley Mthethwa Sommers

Associate Professor / Director of the Frontier Center for Urban Education in Social & Psychological Foundations of Education
585-389-2958
ssommer4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 200B
Bio

Education: Ph.D. in Theoretical and Social Foundations of Education from the University of Toledo; M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Bowling Green State University; B.A. in Geology from Earlham College.

Research Interest: Social justice education, particularly in urban schools. Author of Narratives of Social Justice Educators: Standing Firm (Springer, 2014); co-editor of Reprocessing Race, Language and Ability: African-born Educators and Students in Transnational America (Peter Lang Inc., 2013); and co-author of African Immigrants’ Experiences in American Schools: Complicating the Race Discourse (Lexington Books, 2016).

Background: A native of South Africa, she has been at Nazareth since 2007. Sommers was the founding director of Nazareth's Institute for Pluralism, which has since become the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at Nazareth.

Shawgi Tell

Shawgi Tell

Associate Professor in Social & Psychological Foundations of Education
585-389-2623
stell5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 291
Bio

Dr. Shawgi Tell has been at Nazareth College since 1998, teaching in-service and pre-service teachers. He received his Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University at Buffalo in 1997. His classes combine lively lectures and presentations with small-group and large-group discussions where all are free to express their views and learn and grow together.

Research Interests: Education reform, educational governance, and the political economy of schooling. 

Lynelle Vandenberg

Lynelle Vandenberg

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
lvanden8@naz.edu
Timothy G. Weider

Timothy G. Weider

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
tweider3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 385
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Sociology & Anthropology
Bio

Teaching and Research Interests: Crime and justice, social classes, and neighborhoods and communities.

Nancy Davidson Williamson

Nancy Davidson Williamson

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
nwillia5@naz.edu
Emily Robin Zschoche

Emily Robin Zschoche

Summer Reading Clinic in Education, School of
585-389-2947
ezschoc3@naz.edu