Meet Us

Aostre Johnson
Professor of Education
A.B., M.Ed. Harvard University; Ed.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Saint Edmund's Hall 322A
Box 281

Dr. Johnson is currently the coordinator of the graduate concentrations in curriculum. She teaches curriculum and mindfulness courses in both the graduate department. She has published many articles in the areas of creativity, multiple intelligences, spirituality and mindfulness as they relate to human development and education. She has also co-edited a book on religious diversity and spiritual development and "Educating from the Heart".

Mary Beth Doyle
Professor of Education
B.S., M.Ed. State University College of New York at Buffalo; Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Saint Edmund's Hall 317
Box 281

Dr. Doyle's primary teaching responsibilities at Saint Michael’s are with secondary education undergraduate and graduate students. Her areas of specialty include working with students who experience severe disabilities and collaborative teaming. This work involves creating curricular adaptations to support students in inclusive classroom communities. In addition, Dr. Doyle presents and writes extensively on the roles and responsibilities of paraprofessionals in public schools.

Valerie Bang-Jensen
Professor of Education
A.B. Smith College; M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University

Saint Edmund’s Hall 320
Box 281

Dr. Bang-Jensen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in elementary literacy, and supervises students in local schools.  Areas of professional interest and scholarship include children’s literature, nonfiction, and first-hand learning experiences.  Her recent work includes articles and presentations about the intersection of gardens, literacy, and children’s literature.  She is the coauthor of two books exploring connections between science and children’s literature.  Together with her writing collaborator, Professor of Biology, Mark Lubkowitz, she founded and develops the Teaching Gardens of Saint Michael’s College.

Claudine R. Bedell
Associate Professor of Education
B.S. Purdue University; M.Ed. Saint Michael's College; Ed.D. Indiana University

Saint Edmund's Hall 304
Box 281

Dr. Bedell teaches Adolescent Development for undergraduates, and Educator as Researcher and Capstone for graduate students. She also supervises student teachers in the field. Her doctorate is from Indiana University in Bloomington, in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Bedell is Director of Graduate Studies.  She is interested in personalized learning, teacher and classroom assessment and larger scale assessment.

Kristin M. Gehsmann
Associate Professor of Education
B.A., M.A. Central Connecticut State University; Ph.D. University of Vermont

Saint Edmund's Hall 322B
Box 281

Dr. Gehsmann joined the Education Department at Saint Michael's College in 2006. She teaches courses on literacy development, literacy instruction and reading assessment. Dr. Gehsmann also coordinates the M.Ed. literacy concentration for K-12 educators and aspiring Reading Specialists. Dr. Gehsmann's research interests include early literacy, assessment, narrowing the achievement gap, teacher education, and professional development.

James Nagle
Associate Professor of Education
B.A. Georgetown University; J.D. Suffolk University Law School; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Saint Edmund's Hall 302
Box 281

James Nagle is associate professor of education and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in middle and secondary education, new literacies, and educational policy and research. He is co-director of the Middle Grades Collaborative, a professional development organization serving middle school teachers throughout Vermont. James also serves as co-editor of the Middle Grades Review, an international, peer-reviewed journal for scholars and practitioners who wish to broaden the discourse of middle grades education in the areas of democratic education, innovation, and social justice. His research interests are new literacies, personalized learning for students and pre-service teachers, and professional development learning networks. He received his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in educational policy and research.

Jonathan Silverman
Professor of Education
B.A., M.A., Ed.D. University of Vermont

Saint Edmund's Hall 308
Box 281

Dr. Silverman is the Chair of the Education Department and Coordinator of the Arts in Education Program.  His area of expertise is aesthetic education, interdisciplinary learning, and integrated curriculum that emphasize the interplay between the arts, history, literature, and sustainability.  He has authored articles and presented workshops at national and international conferences on arts education, interdisciplinary curriculum, the creative process, and environmental education.  He has worked with many districts to design curriculum, most recently helping launch an arts magnet school in Burlington, Vermont, the Integrated Arts Academy at H. O. Wheeler Elementary School.

Jenny Stearns
Instructor of Education
B.A. (Hons); M.Ed.; M.A. (Ed. Management), Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Saint Edmund’s Hall 318
Box 281

Jenny Stearns joined the Education Department at Saint Michael’s College in 2012. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in child and adolescent development and educational foundations. She is from Sheffield, England, where she taught in the university and supervised student teachers for over 20 years. Jenny has also worked in child and family health and she is a qualified nurse, midwife and children’s play therapist. She is the author of several books about children’s play, development and early learning and she currently writes and reviews teaching materials for the National Early Years Advisory Board in the UK. Her main areas of research have been in children’s emotional literacy and reflective educational practice. 

Karen Donovan
Licensing/Special Education Coordinator
B.S. Keene State College; M.Ed. University of Vermont

Saint Edmund's Hall 306
Box 281

Ms. Donovan is responsible for advising students in the graduate program and teaching graduate courses in the area of Special Education. She is also interviewing graduate students and placing student teachers for the Education Department. She worked as a Special Educator for 12 years in CESU prior to coming to the college. Ms. Donovan has also taught at the elementary level in Costa Rica and high school students in the Eckerd Wilderness System. Karen currently teaches GED 661 Special Education Practicum and Seminar: Part 1 and GED 662 Special Education Practicum and Seminar: Part 2.

Rebecca Wigglesworth
Visiting Instructor of Education
B.A. Stanford University; M.A.T. Brown University

Saint Edmund's Hall 335
Box 281

Ms. Wigglesworth has taught in the Education Department since 1999, when she began teaching Content Area Literacy for the graduate program. She is a part-time instructor teaching both graduate and undergraduate students and supervising student teachers. Ms. Wigglesworth is particularly interested in literacy at the middle and secondary levels. She began her career as a secondary English teacher, most recently at Champlain Valley Union High School in Vermont. 


Daniel French, Ed.D.
School Leadership Program Coordinator
B.A. University of Connecticut; M.Ed. Plymouth State University; Honors Diploma, Defense Language Institute; Ed.D. University of Vermont

Saint Edmund's Hall 312
Box 281

Dan is an experienced Vermont educational leader whose research interests are focused on various dimensions of educational systems change including ethics and leadership, board governance, Policy Governance, innovation, and Open Education.  He is frequently consulted by school districts and policy makers on issues surrounding the impact of technology on the future of education.


Tania P. Hayes
Special Education Instructor

Saint Edmund's Hall 316
Box 281

Our MATESOL faculty members hold their advanced degrees in linguistics or related fields and have extensive experience in TESOL.

Mahmoud T. Arani
Chair, Applied Linguistics Department
Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. Teachers' Training University, Iran; M.A., Ph. D. State University of New York at Buffalo

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 117
Box 253

Carolyn B. Duffy
Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. Pennsylvania State University; M.A. American University; Ph.D. Georgetown University

Campus Office Saint Edmund's Hall 137
Box 253

M. Elizabeth O'Dowd
Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. University of Lancaster, England; M.A. New Mexico State University; M.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado at Boulder

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 122
Box 253

Sally E. Cummings
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.S. University of Vermont; M.A. Saint Michael's College; Ed.D. University of Vermont

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 126
Box 253

Daniel W. Evans
Director, English Language Programs
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.J. University of Missouri; M.A., Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 124
Box 253

Richard Gamache
Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.A., M.Ed. Saint Michael's College

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 115
Box 253

Christine Bauer-Ramazani
Instructor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. University of Trier, Germany; M.A. University of Mainz, Germany; M.B.A. University of Vermont; M.Ed., University of Missouri

Campus Office
Saint Edmund's Hall 127
Box 253

Sheena Macpherson
Retired Instructor of Applied Linguistics
B.A. McGill University; M.A. Saint Michael’s College

Campus Office
Box 253

Robert P. Fox
Retired Professor of Applied Linguistics
B.S.L., M.S.L. Georgetown University; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne

Campus Office
Saint Edmund’s Hall 111
Box 253

Renee Carrico
Associate Professor of Psychology
Psychology Department Chair
B.S. Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.S., Ph.D. University of Massachusetts Amhurst
(Areas of expertise: Cognitive and perceptual motor development in infancy, Development of attention in infancy and early childhood, Development of reaching during infancy)
Saint Edmund's Hall 212
Box 288

Ronald B. Miller
Professor of Psychology
Director, Master's Program in Clinical Psychology
B.A. Oberlin College; Ph.D. University of Vermont
(Areas of expertise: Theories of Psychotherapy and Personality, Individual Psychotherapy)
Saint Edmund's Hall 202A
Box 288

Molly Millwood
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., University of California, M.A. Santa Cruz; Ph.D., University of Montana;
Postdoctoral fellowship, Stanford University Medical Center
Predoctoral Internship, San Francisco VA Medical Center
(Areas of expertise: As a clinical psychologist, I have expertise in the origins, manifestations, and treatments of psychological distress in human beings.  My particular focus has been in the area of intimate relationships and the ways in which we encounter challenges and struggles as we navigate the rich interpersonal territory of marriage and parenthood.)
Saint Edmund's Hall 202B
Box 288

Part Time Faculty:

Alexandra Altman
B.A. Union University; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Psychodynamic, Trauma Informed Therapy with Children and Adolescents)

Cynthia A. Cole
B.A. University of Vermont; M.A. University of Connecticut; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Psychological Assessment and School Psychology)

Amy Curtis
B.A. Northwestern University; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Psychotherapy, Community Psychology)

Jaime Elliott
B.A., University of Vermont; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Group Therapy; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

Jason Fechter
B.A., University of Vermont; M.A., University of West Georgia; M.A., Saint Michael's College; Ed.D. University of Vermont
(Areas of expertise: Humanistic/Existential Approaches in Psychotherapy/Qualitative Research Methodology)

Rachel Garnett
B.A. Wheaton College; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Psychological Assessment and Psychotherapy, Lab Instructor)

Michelle Kaczynski
B.S. Eastern Connecticut State University; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Psychological Assessment, Lab Instructor)

Tara McCuin
B.S. Saint Michael's College; M.A. Saint Michael's College; Ph.D. University of Vermont
(Area of expertise: Psychotherapy with Adults)

Helene Nilsen
B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College; M.A. Saint Michael's College; M.S.N. University of Colorado; Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Vermont; Psy.D. Antioch/New England
(Areas of Expertise: Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents)

Phyllis Paro
B.S. Carnegie-Mellon University; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: School Psychologist FNWSU and Diplomate, American Board of Neuropsychology)

Matthew Sadowsky
B.A. University of Maryland; M.A. Saint Michael's College
(Areas of expertise: Buddhist Psychology, Humanistic, Existential, and Family System approaches, Psychotherapy with Children)

Naomi Shapiro
B.S.W. University of Vermont; L.I.C.S.W. from University of Connecticut
(Areas of expertise: Play Therapy, School Consultation, Depression in Children)

Gregory Tomasulo
B.S. St. Joseph's University; M.S. Ohio University;  Ph.D. Ohio University
(Areas of expertise: Psychotherapy and Psychological Assessment)


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