Faculty Spotlight

Faculty
Gabriela Walker, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Ashland University in the Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners. Dr. Walker obtained her degrees... Read more

Early Childhood Education (Pre-K - Grade 3) Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Frederick Burton
Associate Professor
230C, Columbus Center
614.794.0803
fburton@ashland.edu
Dr. Fred Burton, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2008.  With extensive experience as an elementary school teacher and principal, he brings a practical perspective that is informed by his theoretical and philosophical roots in child-centered, progressive education.  His areas of expertise include early and middle childhood education, Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching and integrated... Read More

Diane Craig
Professional Instructor
157, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4938
dcraig2@ashland.edu
Diane E. Craig, Professional Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2008. Mrs. Craig has a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from The University of Akron, a M.Ed. In Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and is completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Kent State University. She has taught a variety of courses for both preschool through primary grade education, and is... Read More

Terri Jewett
Professional Instructor
162, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.4939
tjewett@ashland.edu
Terri Jewett, Professional Instructor, began teaching as an adjunct professor in 2007 and joined the faculty full time in 2014. Currently she teaches a variety of literacy courses. Her background in education includes teaching in both public and private schools and serving as a K-12 curriculum director for the public schools. Terri is also an educational consultant and enjoys planning and implementing professional... Read More

Dr. Crystal Kaiser
Associate Professor
230C, Columbus Center
614.794.0803
ckaiser@ashland.edu
Dr. Crystal Kaiser, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. Her expertise and interests are in training graduate and undergraduate students to provide best practice, evidence-based, developmental and family support to infants and young children with a wide range of disabilities and severity levels. Dr. Kaiser is a national Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division... Read More

Nancy McGraw
Administrative Assistant
160, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5889
nmcgraw@ashland.edu
Dr. Brandi Noll
Assistant Professor
167, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5298
bnoll@ashland.edu
Dr. Brandi Noll, Assistant Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2011. Her prior experiences in the field of education include teaching at both private and public schools, and serving in such roles as teacher, reading tutor, reading specialist, literacy coach and as a professional development provider for area schools.  Prior to coming to Ashland, Dr. Noll was a part-time faculty member at The... Read More

Jan Rinehart
Professional Instructor
169, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5397
jrineha1@ashland.edu
Janet Rinehart joined the Ashland University College of Education in 2000 as a Professional Instructor. Mrs. Rinehart's areas of expertise include state-based early childhood curriculum and methods, classroom management and ELL instruction in Early Childhood classrooms. Additionally she co-developed, coordinated, taught and supervised in a Study Abroad Program in Wittenberg, Germany. This program has included 91... Read More

Dr. Brenda Rosler
Associate Professor
166, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4984
brosler@ashland.edu
Dr. Brenda Rosler, Associate Professor, began teaching at Ashland University in 2007. She was an elementary school teacher before she started teaching at the college level. Her research interests include development in urban schools, content area literacy and process drama. She regularly teaches Foundations of Literacy and Assessment and Intervention in Language Arts. She received her B.A. and her Ph.D. from Kent... Read More

Dr. Mary Rycik
Associate Professor , Chair
164, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5256
mrycik@ashland.edu
Dr. Mary Rycik, Associate Professor, came to Ashland University in 1995 after twenty years as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in elementary schools. She teaches literacy courses and children's literature on the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises field experience students in Mansfield City Schools. Dr. Rycik organized a series of Guest Children's Author visits here at Ashland University and... Read More

Dr. Maria Sargent
Professor
165, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5375
msargent@ashland.edu
Dr. Maria Sargent teaches Early Childhood undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior intervention and biomedical issues. Dr. Sargent is a nationally recognized expert in early childhood and early intervention. Recently, Dr. Sargent has been asked to write a series of books and a nationwide curriculum on this topic and to develop a line of toys with a neurological base.

Tanzeah Sharpe
Professional Instructor
163, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5152
tsharpe@ashland.edu
Tanzeah Sharpe, Professional Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2006 after having taught as an adjunct instructor for four years. Mrs. Sharpe has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Walsh University, Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood Education from Ashland University and is completing her Ed.D. in Leadership Studies at Ashland University. She has taught a variety of... Read More

Dr. Susan Stewart
Assistant Professor
161, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5192
sstewar1@ashland.edu
Dr. Susan Stewart, Assistant Professor, became a full-time faculty member in 2011 but has been a long-time adjunct for Ashland University and was named a Professional Fellow. She is a former elementary teacher, principal and curriculum consultant.

Dr. Jackie Wood-Morton
Professor
105K, Elyria Center UC
440.366.4080
jmorton1@ashland.edu
Dr. Wood-Morton, Professor, has been with Ashland University for 20 years.  She began as Director of Undergraduate Education in the Elyria Center. In 2000, she moved to a full-time faculty position. Her primary responsibility is teaching literacy courses at the Elyria Center. Dr. Morton has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Georgetown College with a major in Elementary Education. She also has Master of Science... Read More