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Vince Aleccia earned a bachelor of arts in English and History from California State University, Fullerton in 1975. He was awarded a master of arts in secondary education from the University of San Francisco in 1978. He earned another master's degree in English language and literature from California State University, Fullerton in 1981. In addition, he earned National Board Certified Teacher status (Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts) in 2002. He was awarded his doctorate in education from George Fox University in 2007.
He spent 29 years as a secondary English, journalism, and social studies teacher in California and Oregon, with one year as a Fulbright Teacher Exchange participant teaching in the United Kingdom in 1994-1995.
Currently, he teaches the College Instruction sequence (COIN 581: Workshop in College Teaching, COIN 571: Survey of Post-Secondary Education, and COIN 572: Strategies for Teaching Adults) as well as a variety of graduate foundation courses. He also teaches EDUC 201: Introduction to Education and EDUC 303: Foundations of Assessment.
He has been married since 1981 and has two grown children. His wife, JoNel, is a health reporter with the Seattle Times. They reside in Redmond, Washington.
Kathryn Baldwin, MIT Director (2016-17), Assistant Professor of Science Education and Educational Foundations. Kathryn received her BS and MS in Geology from Washington State University and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education from Washington State University in 2007. Kathryn's research interests focus on science education, earth science education, environmental and sustainability education, outdoor learning, science teaching self-efficacy, problem and place based learning.
Danielle Desormier is the Fiscal Specialist for the Department of Education. Her responsibilities include developing and maintaining record keeping and reporting systems for state appropriations budgets, self-supporting and course-fee budgets, restricted and foundation funds, grant funds, and funds from the University Foundation, as well as advising faculty and staff on department funding policies and procedures, budget balances, and department expenses. In addition, Danielle is responsible for purchasing, inventory, and travel for the Department.
Clive Gary earned a bachelor of arts in Elementary Education from Southern Utah University in 1983 with minors in Reading and Theater Arts. In 2002, Clive earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada/Reno.
While in Nevada, Clive spent 17 years as a teacher of 3rd and 5th grade. He then moved to the middle school where he was a Reading/Writing specialist and an evaluator for the state's writing proficiency exam. Clive retired from the state of Nevada in 2013.
Currently, Clive is a full time Faculty Field Supervisor. He also teaches literacy courses from time to time. Clive lives with his wife of 33 years. They have three children, three dachshunds, and one cat.
Miranda Leigh Hein, field supervisor in EWU's education department, earned her undergraduate degrees in Music Education and English from Whitworth University in 2002. Since then, she has worked in a variety of teaching and mentoring positions in the greater Spokane area--in English language arts, music, dance, and theatre. In 2008, she earned her National Board certification in Adult/Young Adult English Language Arts, and in 2013 she earned a Masters in Secondary Education with an additional endorsement in Gifted and Talented education. As an arts advocate, she speaks regularly at conferences regarding the potential of infusing the arts in K-12 curriculum. Her professional interests include arts integration, differentiated instruction, gifted education, and teacher mentorship.
A. Suzie Henning grew up in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Capital High School (Go, Golden Eagles!) and pursued a BA in History from Seattle University, an MA in Curriculum and Development from Fordham University Lincoln Center, and her doctorate in educational validity studies from the University of Durham, U.K.
After teaching high school social studies in the Bronx, she moved to Gettysburg, PA and became a teacher trainer at Mt. Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In 2008, she moved to Spokane and currently works with teacher candidates as the Co-Director of Field Experience at Eastern (Go, Swoop!). Her research interests include philosophy of education, educational assessments & validity, social foundations, culturally responsive teaching, and educational internships. Along with her partner, Prof. Brian G. Henning, she lives with three cats, two children and a dog named Tator.
Assistant Professor; Director of Educational Leadership Program Lance Potter runs the Principal Certification Program, teaches graduate courses in educational leadership and school law, and Intro to Education. Lance brings an eclectic past to his position at Eastern. Among other things, he as been the superintendent and principal of an international school, taught at that same international school, taught college and high school courses, taught middle school, managed a farm, practiced law, worked in business, and taught skiing in Colorado. Lance holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Penn State University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.
Shelly Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Literacy. Shelly Shaffer received her BA in English from University of Arizona in 1998, her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix in 2002, and her PhD in English Education from Arizona State University in 2015. She taught for 13.5 years in Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, AZ. She will be teaching courses in Education and Literacy in the Department of Education. Her research interests are focused on secondary literacy instruction, literacy motivation, innovative curriculum, and culturally and ethnically diverse learners in ELA (English Language Arts) classrooms. Shelly Shaffer just moved to the Cheney area from Arizona with her husband and two children. She left two sons in Arizona; one is going to Arizona State University this year as a freshman, and the other is living with his family in Mesa, AZ. She also breeds English bulldogs, and she currently owns one male and two female bulldogs named Cooper, Alice, and Cookie.
Allison Wilson, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education. Allison received her BS Degree in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Idaho, her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Montana, and her PhD in Special Education and Early Intervention from the University of Oregon in 2015. She will be teaching courses in the Early Childhood Education program in the Department of Education. Her research interests are focused on personnel preparation for early childhood teachers, young children and families experiencing homelessness, early childhood systems, and curriculum for blended preschool classrooms. Allison Wilson is originally from Houston, Texas. She has lived in the northwest for the past 12 years.
Harvey Alvy served in the principalship for more than a decade in both elementary and secondary schools. Harvey's international experiences have taken him from the American School in Kinshasa, Zaire, to the American International School in Israel, the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India and Singapore American School. He was selected as an NAESP National Distinguished Principal for American Overseas Schools and is a founding member of the Principals' Training Center for International Schools. In 2004 Harvey received the Eastern Washington University (EWU) CenturyTel Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence. He has co-authored, with Pam Robbins, Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success, The New Principal's Fieldbook: Strategies for Success, The Principal's Companion and If I Only Knew: Success Strategies for Navigating the Principalship. With Dr. Jane Liu, Harvey co-authored a Mandarin only book for Chinese school leaders, The Principal Management Handbook: The American Principal's Approach to Successful Administration. He has conducted seminars, workshops, and presentations, both nationally and internationally on the newcomer to the principalship, educational trends, instructional leadership, moral leadership, characteristics of great teachers, and the leadership of Abraham Lincoln. Harvey holds the William C. Shreeve Endowed Professorship in Educational Leadership at EWU.
We invite you to visit Dr. Alvy's blog where you will find research links, excellent books on school leadership, course syllabi, as well as his latest blog posts, books he has co-authored, and the latest information on his newly released book Learning from Lincoln.
Dr. Alvy retired in 2012 as Professor Emeritus of Education. He is currently working with Pam Robbins on the next edition of The Principal's Companion and has speaking engagements around the country.
Welcome to my web page...
There are resources here for my students at Eastern Washington University as well as teachers and librarians. First, I will introduce myself. My background as an elementary teacher, children's book reviewer and staff developer combines my passions for teaching and reading. I came to Eastern Washington University in 1998. I teach literacy courses, including children's literature and teen literature. I was attracted to EWU by the major in reading for both secondary and elementary preservice teachers.
Undergraduates who major in reading are well prepared for their teaching careers. I was enriched by graduate work at Claremont Graduate University and the University of Arizona. My Ph.D. studies specialized in children's literature at the University of Arizona in the College of Education's department of Language, Reading and Culture. I received my BA in English and elementary teaching certificate from California State University at Los Angeles. I taught elementary school in both the Los Angeles and Alhambra School Districts. I also spent some years as a Title I Coordinator and Reading Specialist.In addition, I spent the major part of my career as a staff developer. I worked for districts all over the United States providing staff development in literacy, children's literature and thematic, integrative curriculum.
My family has provided experiences that nurture my understanding and the support that allows me to thrive. My husband, Warren, and I live in Spokane. Our three children, all grown, continue to bring us joy. We have lived in Southern California and Tucson, Arizona. I grew up in Alhambra, California and then after our marriage we lived in Arcadia,California for sixteen years.
One of my blessings has been the gift of complimentary books from most of the publishers of children's and teen books. Those books have been arriving on my doorstep and now in my office at Eastern Washington University for many years. As I read and evaluate the books, I am pleased to share the gems I discover. This web site is another way for me to spread the news of the best new books that are published for young people each year. Such books exemplify the power of the written word for young people and encourage them to read more.
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