Education Faculty

Associate Professor Valerie Allison-Roan, department head, earned her Ph.D. in teaching and learning from the University of Utah in 2006. Prior to joining Susquehanna in the fall of 2008, she had worked as a junior high language arts teacher and elementary principal for 21 years. Her research interests include teacher development, critical reflective thinking, discourse analysis and new literacy studies.

Associate Professor Anne Reeves, director of the secondary education program, holds a Ph.D. in English and education from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include secondary literacy and teacher education. She teaches introductory courses and secondary education courses and supervises student teachers.

Assistant Professor Sarah Edwards received an M.A.T. in the Arts of Teaching from Johns Hopkins University and currently is a doctoral candidate in the literacies and learners program at Temple University. Prior to entering higher education, she taught elementary school in an inclusive setting and middle school language arts. Her background includes participation as a Teach for America Corps member, City Year project manager, and international teaching in Peru and China. Her research interests include how teachers are supporting early learners and English language learners through specific intervention models such as volunteer tutoring. She teaches courses in language and literacy development, classroom management, and English language learners.

Assistant Professor Stephanie Gardner received an M.Ed. in elementary education from Bloomsburg University. She is currently teaching Literacy Interventions and Methods of Curriculum and Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Education and supervising student teachers. Prior to entering higher education, she worked as a special education teacher in both self-contained and inclusive settings at the elementary and middle school levels. Her research interests involve instructional practices for individuals with developmental disabilities, including video modeling interventions for students with autism. She teaches courses in cognition and learning and special education.

Assistant Professor David McLaughlin earned his Ph.D. in curriculum, instruction and teacher education from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Susquehanna in 2010, he taught science and mathematics at international schools in Colombia, Turkey and Thailand. His research interests include students' funds of knowledge and the educational experiences of nondominant populations. He teaches science and methods of primary school science and math. He also supervises student teachers.

W. Michael Nailor, director of the Teacher Intern Program, holds an M.S. in secondary English education from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.L.S. from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He also holds National Board Certification in K-12 library media. He has been a high school English teacher, staff development specialist and school librarian in local school districts. His interests include the incorporation of digital media and information literacy into high-quality instruction and into K-12 curriculum. He teaches instructional design and other education courses.

Lecturer Susan Welteroth, director of the early childhood education program, earned her Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in early childhood education from The Pennsylvania State University. She has taught as an adjunct instructor at Susquehanna for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Susquehanna as a visiting lecturer, she was an elementary school principal and a practicing school psychologist. Her research interests include literacy and children’s play. She teaches literacy courses and supervises student teachers.