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Meet Our Faculty + Staff

Faculty and staff members in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education recognize their responsibility to provide an atmosphere that engenders courtesy, respect and genuine regard for others.  In order to maximize the quality and effectiveness of students' learning experiences, all interactions among faculty, students, field supervisors and staff are expected to be collegial and conducted in a manner that reflects the highest personal and professional standards. Faculty and staff at Benerd model that learning is influenced by social interactions, interpersonal relations and communication with others.  Co-construction of knowledge among faculty, staff, and students allow learners to link new ideas and experiences with prior knowledge in meaningful, coherent ways that demand creative and critical thinking.


OFFICE OF THE DEAN
Vanessa Sheared 
Dean

Sue Erickson
Assistant to the Dean 

Kim Heinrich
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Maroney
Business Manager

Morgan Lagomarsino
Enrollment Services Coordinator & Counselor

Nancy Shaw
Tomorrow Project Administrator

Natalie Loschke
Development and Alumni Relations

David Hoffman
Program Services Assistant

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Marilyn Draheim
Department Chair, Assistant Dean, Associate Professor

Leo Libres
Administrative Assistant

Teresa Vail
Director of Field Experience, Assistant Professor

Ruth Brittin
Coordinator Music Education, Professor

Kellie Cain
Co-Coordinator Teacher Credential Programs, Assistant Professor

Gregory Potter
Co-Coordinator Teacher Credential Programs, Assistant Professor

Christina Rusk
Coordinator Special Education Programs, Assistant Professor

Thomas Nelson
Ed.D. Program Coordinator, Associate Professor

Robert Oprandy
Professor

Heidi J. Stevenson
Associate Professor

Elaine Mo
Assistant Professor

BENERD IN SACRAMENTO
Rod Githens
Assistant Dean for Sacramento Programs, Associate Professor

Katrina Jaggears
Sacramento Programs Coordinator 

EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND LEADERSHIP

Linda Skrla
Department Chair, Assistant Dean, Professor 

Laurie Rhea
Administrative Assistant, TSP

Lynn Beck
Professor

Ronn Hallett
Associate Professor

Delores McNair
Associate Professor

Tony Serna
Assistant Professor

EDUCATIONAL AND SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY
Linda Webster
Depatment Chair, Assistant Dean, Professor 

Scott Evans
Director of Writing Assessments

Melinda Leal
Administrative Assistant

John Allen
Reading Instructor

Rachelle Hackett
Associate Porfessor

Amy Scott Brown
Associate Professor

Justin Low
Assistant Professor

 


GRADUATE ASSISTANTS
There are a limited number of graduate assistantships offered. Students are encouraged to apply early for consideration. In order to be considered, students must complete the Graduate Assistant Recommendation form. For information regarding how to apply, please click here. 
The following is a list of Graduate Assistants currently working through the School of Education.  Included are their email addresses in order for you to contact them and ask them about their experiences and fields of interest.

Amy Burns
School Psychology
a_burns5@u.pacific.edu     Alexis Lopez
Curriculum & Instruction
a_lopez30@u.pacific.edu
Brittany Hori
School Psychology
b_hori@u.pacific.edu  Cory Lucas
School Psychology
j_lucas3@u.pacific.edu
Diana Gilbert
Students with Disabilities
d_gilbert1@u.pacific.edu Deyanire DelToro
Writing Ceneter Support
d_deltoro@pacific.edu
Jinrui Zhang
Educational Administration
j_zhang9@u.pacific.edu Melanie Hash
Writing Center Support
m_hash@u.pacific.edu
Melinda Westland
 Educational Administration
m_westland@u.pacific.edu