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

Director - Urban Teacher Opportunity Partnerships Program
585-389-2684
kstrang7@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 209
Lenora P. Thomas

Lenora P. Thomas

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

Faculty

Shanna M. Jamanis

Shanna M. Jamanis

Professor, Associate Dean, Director of the Undergraduate Inclusive Early Childhood / Childhood Education Program in Education, School of
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.

Cindy McPhail

Cindy McPhail

Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Director of the Bilingual Extension Program, Interim Director, Graduate Inclusive Childhood Education Programs in Education, School of
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.

Samuel Song

Samuel Song

Assistant Professor of TESOL in Education, School of
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.”

Jim Black

Jim Black

Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Inclusive Adolescence Education Program in Education, School of
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
Ellen S. Broder

Ellen S. Broder

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
ebroder5@naz.edu
Jennifer L. Cacioppo

Jennifer L. Cacioppo

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
jcaciop2@naz.edu
David J. Caiazza

David J. Caiazza

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2764
dcaiazz7@naz.edu
Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Margaret Callahan-Steckley

Professor & Director, Undergraduate Inclusive Adolescence Education Program in Education, School of
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.

Karen DeMay Cameron

Karen DeMay Cameron

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
kcamero7@naz.edu
Rui Cheng

Rui Cheng

Associate Professor, Director, TESOL programs, Coordinator of SoE International / Intercultural Experiences in Education, School of
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.

Ellen Contopidis

Ellen Contopidis

Professor in Education, School of
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

Jeanne Groves Crowther

Jeanne Groves Crowther

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
jcrowth0@naz.edu
Poonam C. Dev

Poonam C. Dev

Professor in Education, School of
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.

Nicholas P. DiPonzio

Nicholas P. DiPonzio

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2946
ndiponz8@naz.edu
Kerry A. Dunn

Kerry A. Dunn

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Clinical Assistantships in Education, School of
585-389-5138
kdunn4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 229
Additional Positions:
Lecturer in Art and Design
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.

Nicole Elizabeth Felczak

Nicole Elizabeth Felczak

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
nfelcza6@naz.edu
Jim Fenwick

Jim Fenwick

Professor, Director of the Graduate Educational Technology Specialist Program in Education, School of
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.

Louise P. Fredette

Louise P. Fredette

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
lfredet4@naz.edu
Jennifer L. Gkourlias

Jennifer L. Gkourlias

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
jgkourl8@naz.edu
Timothy R. Glander

Timothy R. Glander

Professor in Education, School of
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).

Shira A. Goldberg

Shira A. Goldberg

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
sgoldbe6@naz.edu
Elizabeth Hallmark

Elizabeth Hallmark

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
ehallma8@naz.edu
David R. Halpern

David R. Halpern

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
dhalper8@naz.edu
Randy C. Hartman

Randy C. Hartman

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
rhartma1@naz.edu
Carmen DeFazio Henry

Carmen DeFazio Henry

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
chenry6@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, Director of the Marie Callahan Reading Clinic, Director of the Graduate Literacy Program in Education, School of
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

Associate Professor, Science Education and Director of the Core Curriculum in Education, School of
585-389-2154
khutchi8@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 325
Additional Positions:
Associate Professor of Chemistry Education in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Director of the Core Curriculum in Academic Affairs
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.

Cathleen Marie Hutter

Cathleen Marie Hutter

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
chutter4@naz.edu
Erin M. Johnson

Erin M. Johnson

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
ejohnso7@naz.edu
Rachel Bailey Jones

Rachel Bailey Jones

Professor in Education, School of
585-389-5139
rjones3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 259
Additional Positions:
Co-Director in Honors Program
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. S. Jones

Laura C. S. Jones

Professor, Director of the Frontier Center for Urban Education in Education, School of
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: Adolescents and Youth Development; Critical Educators for Social Justice; Writing and Literacies; and Urban Learning, Teaching and Research.

Proudest Moments: Research completed while acting as the Kilian J. and Caroline F. Schmitt Endowed Chair; serving as a Co-Director for the Annual Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival Event; and preparing teachers to be leaders in literacy education across all PK-12 content areas.

Colleen Mary Lachance

Colleen Mary Lachance

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
cstaple8@naz.edu
Beverly J. Lanoue

Beverly J. Lanoue

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
blanoue0@naz.edu
Anna Maria Leone-Tobar

Anna Maria Leone-Tobar

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
aleonet5@naz.edu
Melyssa Lauren Mantell

Melyssa Lauren Mantell

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
mmantel4@naz.edu
Catherine Lisa Sutera Marchner

Catherine Lisa Sutera Marchner

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
csutera3@naz.edu
Kay Marshman

Kay Marshman

Faculty Emerita in Education, School of
585-389-2947
kmarshm1@naz.edu
Sarah Elizabeth Misco

Sarah Elizabeth Misco

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
smisco9@naz.edu
Randall G. Nellist

Randall G. Nellist

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
rnellis9@naz.edu
John P. O'Gorman

John P. O'Gorman

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
jogorma2@naz.edu
Colleen Terese O'Neill

Colleen Terese O'Neill

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
coneill0@naz.edu
Damon M. Piletz

Damon M. Piletz

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
dpiletz1@naz.edu
Deborah Ellison Potter

Deborah Ellison Potter

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
dpotter5@naz.edu
Jennifer Raponi

Jennifer Raponi

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
jraponi3@naz.edu
Cuthbert J. Rowland-Storm

Cuthbert J. Rowland-Storm

Assistant Professor in Education, School of
585-389-2764
crowlan8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 295
Robin M. Rudy

Robin M. Rudy

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
rrudy8@naz.edu
Bio

Education: B.S. in Education, SUNY Geneseo; M.S. in Education, SUNY Geneseo; Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership, SDA Certification, SUNY Brockport; New York State Permanent Certification in Special Education K-12

Teaching and Research Interests: formative and summative assessment strategies, literacy strategies across content areas, special education, collaboration and co-teaching

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Carol Drouin Saladzius

Carol Drouin Saladzius

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
csaladz1@naz.edu
Karen M. Sangmeister

Karen M. Sangmeister

Field Placement Specialist in Education, School of
585-389-2596
ksangme2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 277
Laura Nicole Sarchet

Laura Nicole Sarchet

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
585-389-2998
lcimine9@naz.edu
Guinevere Mott Scibienski

Guinevere Mott Scibienski

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
gmott8@naz.edu
Raymond E. Sherbinski

Raymond E. Sherbinski

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
rsherbi6@naz.edu
Christina Sloane

Christina Sloane

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
csloane8@naz.edu
Dennis John Smyth

Dennis John Smyth

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
dsmyth3@naz.edu
Shirley Mthethwa Sommers

Shirley Mthethwa Sommers

Professor in Education, School of
585-389-2958
ssommer4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 200B
Additional Positions:
Director in Center for Service-Learning
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 Diversity and Inclusion Division at Nazareth.

Sandra Ann Stewart

Sandra Ann Stewart

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
sstewar8@naz.edu
Laura Ann Streeter

Laura Ann Streeter

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
lstreet4@naz.edu
Susan Ann Sturm

Susan Ann Sturm

Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Inclusive Early Childhood Education Programs in Education, School of
585-389-2947
ssturm6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 287
Bio
Education: B.A. in Childhood Education and B.A. in English, SUNY Cortland; Master of Library and Information Science, University at Buffalo; Ph.D. Elementary Education with a concentration in English Language Arts, University at Buffalo.
 
Teaching and Research Interests: Literacy; English language arts; curriculum studies; teachers' perceptions; pre-service teachers' perceptions; phenomenological research methods.
Shawnna Marissa Sweet

Shawnna Marissa Sweet

Lecturer in Education, School of
585-389-2947
ssweet6@naz.edu
Shawgi Tell

Shawgi Tell

Professor in Education, School of
585-389-2623
stell5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 291
Bio

Education: Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education, State University of New York at Buffalo; M.S. in Educational Foundations, State University of New York College at Buffalo; B.A. in Sociology, State University of New York at Buffalo

Research Interests: charter schools, education reform & policy, political economy of schooling, neoliberalism.

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. Dr. Tell is author of the book Charter School Report Card (2016).

Elizabeth Dickinson Weiermiller

Elizabeth Dickinson Weiermiller

Lecturer in Inclusive Childhood Education
585-389-2947
edickin3@naz.edu