School of Education 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.


Francesca Ciotoli, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
B.M., Manhattan School of Music; M.S.T., Fordham University; Ph.D., Montclair State University
Contact Professor Ciotoli: [email protected]

Melissa Collucci, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
B.A., M.Ed., Rutgers University; Ph.D., Montclair State University
Contact Dr. Collucci: [email protected]
Dr. Collucci's research interests focus on developing supportive literacy environments for all children, early literacy education, and linguistically responsive teaching. She works to support teachers as they facilitiate the learning of all students with special focus on the literacy learning of English Language Learners at all grade levels. She has conducted professional development in schools that focus on all aspects of literacy and has presented at professional conferences that focus on literacy education and culturally responsive pedagogy. She also serves as the Director of Graduate Education. 

Elizabeth Finnegan, 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 [email protected]
Dr. Finnegan teaches classes in special education at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Finnegan’s research interests are in the area of literacy, specifically the needs of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to publishing in these areas, Dr. Finnegan continues to present at state and national level conferences.  She is the faculty advisor for STAC’s chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children.

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
STAC's President Emerita.
Contact Dr. Fitzpatrick: 845-398-4012 or [email protected]

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 [email protected]
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.

Cassandra Lo, Assistant Professor of English Education and Literacy
B.A., College of the Holy Cross; M.A., Columbia University; Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania
Contact Dr. Lo: [email protected]

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

Nydia Prishker, Assistant Professor of Childhood Education
B.B.A., University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; M.B.A., University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; Ph.D., University of North Texas
Contact Dr. Prishker: [email protected]

Suzanne L. Reynolds, Professor of Education
B.A., M.A., Montclair State University; Ed.D., Rutgers University
Contact Dr. Reynolds: 845-398-4161 or [email protected]
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.

Kathleen Ryan-Rodenbach, MST Program Coordinator
B.S., Mercy College; M.A., Fordham University


Shirley Charles, Education
B.S., New York University, M.A., The City College of New York; Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University

Sandra Condon, Education
B.S., St. Thomas Aquinas College; M.S.Ed., New York Institute of Technology

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

Michael D. Kuchar, Education
B.A., Seton Hall University; M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University; Ph.D., Fordham University

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


Joan Beairsto, O.P., Professor of Education and Psychology
Eileen M. Cunningham, O.P., Professor of Education
Anne Gross, Professor of Education
Helene Robbins, Professor of Education
Michael Shaw, Professor of Education
Pearl G. Solomon, Professor of Education