School of Education Faculty

FACULTY

Full-time faculty members of the School of Education have doctorates and/or extensive experience in their areas of expertise. These areas include administration and supervision, curriculum and instruction, special education, and literacy. Each full-time faculty member is certified and experienced at the elementary, middle, and/or high school levels. Graduate and undergraduate courses are taught by faculty members who also collaborate with local school districts, work on professional development teams within the school districts, serve on the various college committees, act as advisors to our students, and serve on various national professional organizations. Learn more about our faculty achievements.


FULL-TIME FACULTY

Joan Beairsto, O.P., Professor of Education
B.S., St. Thomas Aquinas College; M.S., Hunter College; Ed.D., Boston University
Contact Dr. Beairsto: 845-398-4152 or jbeairst@stac.edu

Elizabeth Finnegan, Associate Professor of Teacher Education
B.A., University of Sheffield (England); M.S.Ed., William Paterson University; Ed.D., Columbia University
Contact Dr. Finnegan: 845-398-4169 or efinnega@stac.edu
Dr. Finnegan's research interests are in the area of literacy. In collaboration with Dr. Mazin she has conducted research into teacher preparation on teaching reading comprehension to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Finnegan has also published on phonics instruction for students with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Finnegan continues to present at state and national level conferences.

Margaret M. Fitzpatrick, S.C., Professor of Education
B.A., Boston State College; M.A., Fordham University; M.S.Ed., Columbia University; Ed. D., Columbia University; D.H.L., St. John’s University
Contact Dr. Fitzpatrick: 845-3989-4012 or mfitzpat@stac.edu

Meenakshi Gajria, Professor of Education
B.S., B.Ed., M.A., M.Ed., M.Phil., University of Delhi (India); Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Contact Dr. Gajria: 845-398-4154 or mgajria@stac.edu
Dr. Gajria’s expertise lies in the area of Learning Disabilities.  She has conducted research in the areas of reading comprehension, cognitive strategy instruction, and inclusion for students with learning disabilities.  She has published in these areas and presented at national conferences.

Athena McAlenney, Associate Professor of Teacher Education
B.A., Dartmouth College; M.Ed., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D.; University of Connecticut
Contact Dr. McAlenney: 845-398-4156 or amcalenn@stac.edu

Christine L. Markham, Director of Clinical Experiences
B.S., State University of New York at Plattsburgh; M.A., Iona College; P.D., State University of New York at New Paltz
Contact Professor Markham: 845-398-4126 or cmarkham@stac.edu

Amanda Mazin, Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., University of Florida; M.Ed., University of Florida; M.S., Columbia University; Ph.D., Columbia University 
Contact Dr. Mazin: 845-398-4164 or amazin@stac.edu
Dr. Mazin's current research interests are teacher preparation in Autism Spectrum Disorders and reading comprehension difficulties for students with ASD. She has presented and published on these topics. In collaboration with Dr. Mazin she has conducted research into teacher preparation on teaching reading comprehension to students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Suzanne L. Reynolds, Professor of Education
B.A., M.A., Montclair State University; Ed.D., Rutgers University
Contact Dr. Reynolds: 845-398-4161 or sreynold@stac.edu
Dr. Reynolds’ research focuses on how children develop mathematical ideas.  She has presented at several state and national level conferences and conducts teacher workshops on effective practices in mathematics.

Helene Robbins, Professor of Education
B.A., State University of New York at New Paltz; M.S., Queens College of the City University of New York; Ph.D., Fordham University
Contact Dr. Robbins: 845-398-4159 or hrobbins@stac.edu
Dr. Robbins’ research interests are in using technology as a tool for educating children in the 21st Century.

Regine Rossi, Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., M.Ed., University of Florida; Ph.D., New York University
Contact Dr. Rossi: 845-398-4193 or rrossi@stac.edu
She received her Ph.D. in Literature, Reading, and Media Education from New York University in 2014.  After several years teaching in urban high schools in south Florida and Manhattan, she now teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Michael Shaw, Professor of Education
B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; M.S., College of New Rochelle; Ph.D., Fordham University
Additional Studies: Teachers College, Columbia University; Lehman College
Contact Dr. Shaw: 845-398-4079 or mshaw@stac.edu
Dr. Shaw has published professional articles and has presented at several national conferences.  His research interests include instruction that increases motivation and achievement for struggling readers, and the roles and responsibilities of the reading specialist as a literacy coach who teaches teachers. In 2009, he was appointed by the International Reading Association as their representative to National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  He also had an article published in the New England Journal of Reading “Preparing Reading Specialists to be Literacy Coaches: Vision, Passion, Communication and Collaboration.”  The article focuses on the College’s IRA nationally recognized graduate literacy program.


ADJUNCT FACULTY

Raymond Kondracki, Education
B.S.Ed., St. Thomas Aquinas College; M.S., College of New Rochelle

James Neufell, Education
B.S., Belknap College; M.S.T., Boston College; Ed.D.; Rutgers University

Eric Paul, Education
B.S.Ed., St. Thomas Aquinas College; M.S., Iona College

Ernest Piermarini, Education
B.S., Monmouth University; M.A. Seton Hall University; Ed.D, Seton Hall University

Debra Rockwell, Education
B.S., M.S., State University of New York at Cortland; P.D., Iona College

Catherine Squillini, Education
B.A. St. Thomas Aquinas College; M.S. State University of New York at New Paltz; M.B.A. Advanced Certificate, Business Administration, P.D., Long Island University. Ph.D., Walden University