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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

Full Time Faculty

Joan Beairsto, O.P., Professor of Education. B.S., St. Thomas Aquinas College; M.S., Hunter College; Ed.D., Boston University. (1975)

Elizabeth Finnegan, Assistant Professor of  Education. B.A., University of Sheffield (England); M.S.Ed., William Paterson University; Ed.D., Columbia University. (2009)

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.  (1995)

Meenakshi Gajria, Professor of Education. B.S., B.Ed., M.A., M.Ed., M.Phil., University of Delhi (India); Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. (1990)

Athena McAlenney, Assistant Professor of Education.  B.A., Dartmouth College; M.Ed., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D.; University of Connecticut. (2012)

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. (2004)

James Neufell, Assistant Professor of Education. B.S., Belknap College; M.S.T., Boston College; Ed.D.; Rutgers University. (2010)

Ernest Piermarini, Associate Professor of Education. B.S., Monmouth College; P.D., State University of New York at New Paltz; M.A., Ed.D., Seton Hall University. (2007)

Suzanne L. Reynolds, Associate Professor of Education. B.A., M.A., Montclair State University; Ed.D., Rutgers University. (2007)

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. (1989)
Regine Rossi, Visiting Instructor of Education. B.A., M.Ed., University of Florida; Pd. D. Candidate, New York University. (2012)

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. (1995)

Adjunct Faculty
Raymond Kondracki, Education. B.S.Ed., St. Thomas Aquinas College; M.S., College of New Rochelle.
Eric Paul, Education. B.S.Ed., St. Thomas Aquinas College; M.S., Iona College.
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.

Faculty Achievements
Dr. Meenakshi Gajria, Professor of Education
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
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.

Dr. Ernest Piermarini, Associate Professor of Education
Ed.D., Seton Hall University
Dr. Piermarini’s research interest focuses on the role of teacher leaders in public education reform efforts

Dr. Helene Robbins, Professor of Education
Ph.D., Fordham University
Dr. Robbins’ research interests are in using technology as a tool for educating children in the 21st Century.

Dr. Suzanne Reynolds, Associate Professor of Education
Ed.D., Rutgers University
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

Dr. Michael Shaw, Professor of Education
Ph.D., Fordham University
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.




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