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Faculty Achievements

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. 

Dr. Meenakshi Gajria, Professor of Education

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

Dr. Piermarini’s research interest focuses on the role of teacher leaders in public education reform efforts

Dr. Helene Robbins, Professor of Education

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

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

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.