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Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.2232
fax: 509.359.2899


  • Vince Aleccia, EdD, NBCT
    Vince Aleccia, EdD, NBCT
    Associate Professor of Education
    Williamson Hall 316C
    Phone: 509.359.7024

    Biographical Profile  

    Vince Aleccia earned a bachelor of arts in English and History from California State University, Fullerton in 1975. He was awarded a master of arts in secondary education from the University of San Francisco in 1978. He earned another master's degree in English language and literature from California State University, Fullerton in 1981. In addition, he earned National Board Certified Teacher status (Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts) in 2002. He was awarded his doctorate in education from George Fox University in 2007.  

    He spent 29 years as a secondary English, journalism, and social studies teacher in California and Oregon, with one year as a Fulbright Teacher Exchange participant teaching in the United Kingdom in 1994-1995.  

    Currently, he teaches the College Instruction sequence (COIN 581: Workshop in College Teaching, COIN 571: Survey of Post-Secondary Education, and COIN 572: Strategies for Teaching Adults) as well as a variety of graduate foundation courses. He also teaches EDUC 201: Introduction to Education and EDUC 303: Foundations of Assessment.  

    He has been married since 1981 and has two grown children. His wife, JoNel, is a health reporter with the Seattle Times. They reside in Redmond, Washington.

  • Kathryn Baldwin
    Kathryn Baldwin
    MIT Director (2016-17), Assistant Professor of Science Education and Educational Foundations
    Williamson 315D
    Phone: 509-359-6092
    Fax: 509-359-2899

    Kathryn Baldwin, MIT Director (2016-17), Assistant Professor of Science Education and Educational Foundations. Kathryn received her BS and MS in Geology from Washington State University and an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education from Washington State University in 2007. Kathryn's research interests focus on science education, earth science education, environmental and sustainability education, outdoor learning, science teaching self-efficacy, problem and place based learning.

  • Diane Ball
    Diane Ball
    Field Experience Supervisor
    MAR 213
    Phone: 509-359-6099
  • Chris Booth
    Chris Booth
    Adjunct Faculty, Early Childhood Education
    Williamson Hall 315C
    Phone: 509.359.7035
  • Stephanie Boughter
    Stephanie Boughter
    Field Experience Supervisor
    Martin 211B
    Phone: 509.359.3315
    Fax: 509.359.2899
  • Danielle Desormier
    Danielle Desormier
    Fiscal Specialist 1 for the Department of Education
    312C Williamson Hall
    Phone: 509.359.7003
    Fax: 509.359.2899

    Danielle Desormier is the Fiscal Specialist for the Department of Education. Her responsibilities include developing and maintaining record keeping and reporting systems for state appropriations budgets, self-supporting and course-fee budgets, restricted and foundation funds, grant funds, and funds from the University Foundation, as well as advising faculty and staff on department funding policies and procedures, budget balances, and department expenses. In addition, Danielle is responsible for purchasing, inventory, and travel for the Department.

  • Tiffany Dixon
    Tiffany Dixon
    Undergraduate Education Department Advisor
    Williamson 312D
    Phone: 509-359-7033
    Fax: 509-359-2899

    Tiffany holds a Master's of Science in Human Services. She currently is the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator and has been in this position for three years. Tiffany enjoys working with the diverse population of students that EWU offers. 
    Her main goal is to help students learn strategies that will help them build autonomy and lead them to academic success. She is often seen as a great asset to the department as she is great with establishing relationships with the students and their families through her advising process. Tiffany also plays a key role in acting as a liaison between students, faculty, and other campus resources.

    Tiffany enjoys being with her significant other Sean and their two daughters Beatrix and Isabelle. She also enjoys cooking, hiking, and binge watching t.v. shows such as The Get Down.  

  • Clive Gary
    Clive Gary
    Field Supervisor
    Williamson 317A
    Phone: 509-359-7025
    Fax: 509-359-2899

    Clive Gary earned a bachelor of arts in Elementary Education from Southern Utah University  in 1983 with minors in Reading and Theater Arts. In 2002, Clive earned his master's degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada/Reno.  

    While in Nevada, Clive spent 17 years as a teacher of 3rd and 5th  grade.  He then moved to the middle school where he was a Reading/Writing specialist and an evaluator for the state's writing proficiency exam. Clive retired  from the state of Nevada in 2013.  

    Currently, Clive is a full time Faculty Field Supervisor.  He also teaches literacy courses from time to time.  Clive lives with his wife of 33 years.  They have three children, three dachshunds, and one cat.

  • Carissa Gran
    Carissa Gran
    Field Experience Supervisor
    Martin 213
    Phone: 509-359-3615
  • Tara Haskins
    Tara Haskins
    Education Department Chair; Associate Professor of Literacy
    Williamson Hall 310B
    Phone: Chair Phone Line: 509-359-2831Faculty Phone Line: 509.359.2879
  • Miranda Hein, M.Ed., NBCT
    Miranda Hein, M.Ed., NBCT
    EWU Field Supervisor
    Martin 213
    Phone: 509.879.8321

    Miranda Leigh Hein, field supervisor in EWU's education department, earned her undergraduate degrees in Music Education and English from Whitworth University in 2002.  Since then, she has worked in a variety of teaching and mentoring positions in the greater Spokane area--in English language arts, music, dance, and theatre.  In 2008, she earned her National Board certification in Adult/Young Adult English Language Arts, and in 2013 she earned a Masters in Secondary Education with an additional endorsement in Gifted and Talented education.  As an arts advocate, she speaks regularly at conferences regarding the potential of infusing the arts in K-12 curriculum.  Her professional interests include arts integration, differentiated instruction, gifted education, and teacher mentorship.

  • A  Suzie Henning, Ed.D.
    A Suzie Henning, Ed.D.
    Education Department Faculty
    310B Williamson Hall
    Phone: 509.359.6093

      A. Suzie Henning grew up in Boise, Idaho. She graduated from Capital High School (Go, Golden Eagles!) and pursued a BA in History from Seattle University, an MA in Curriculum and Development from Fordham University Lincoln Center, and her doctorate in educational validity studies from the University of Durham, U.K.

    After teaching high school social studies in the Bronx, she moved to Gettysburg, PA and became a teacher trainer at Mt. Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In 2008, she moved to Spokane and currently works with teacher candidates as the Co-Director of Field Experience at Eastern (Go, Swoop!). Her research interests include philosophy of education, educational assessments & validity, social foundations, culturally responsive teaching, and educational internships. Along with her partner, Prof. Brian G. Henning, she lives with three cats, two children and a dog named Tator.

  • Maxine Holden
    Maxine Holden
    Forms & Records Analyst 3
    Williamson 219
    Phone: 509-359-2484
    Fax: 509-359-2899

    Maxine began working in the Education as a Graduate Assistant in fall 2012. Since graduating, she has been working as a Forms and Records Analyst, developing forms, maintaining web content and supporting assessment practices.

  • Jan-Olov Johansson
    Jan-Olov Johansson
    Director of Assessment for Education
    Williamson 218
    Phone: 509-359-4814
  • Bret Lancaster
    Bret Lancaster
    Administrative Assistant to the Chair
    Williamson Hall 302
    Phone: 509.359.6186

    Bret Lancaster joined Eastern in November 2017 to provide administrative support to the Education Department. Bret has a varied background in procurement, contract/construction management, grants administration and oversight; as well as senior-level executive support, management, and training. Bret's strengths lie in streamlining processes, maximizing efficiencies, and fostering professional relationships within organizations. Bret's philosophy centers around what role he can play in helping others find solutions. 

  • Bethany Leonard
    Bethany Leonard
    Field Experience Supervisor
    Martin 213
    Phone: 509-359-6662
  • Ashley Lepisi
    Ashley Lepisi
    WLM 312
    Phone: 509.359.6819
    Fax: 509-359-2899

    Ashley Lepisi received her BA Degree in Education from Eastern Washington University in 2008, and her MA Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Eastern Washington University in 2011. Ashley taught grades K-2 in Spokane Public Schools and served as a Peer Coach. She teaches literacy and technology courses in the Department of Education. Her research interests are focused on early literacy and the impact of parent involvement as well as technology integration into the elementary classroom. Ashley is from California and currently lives in Spokane with her husband Shawn and two sons, Benny and Brody.

  • Lucy Monte Calvo
    Lucy Monte Calvo
    Literacy Faculty
    Williamson 317B
    Phone: 509-359-6094
    Fax: 509-359-2899
  • Marion Moore, Ph.D
    Marion Moore, Ph.D
    Associate Professor of Special Education
    Williamson Hall 316 B
    Phone: 509.359.2323
  • Gus Nollmeyer, EdD
    Gus Nollmeyer, EdD
    Assistant Professor of Education
    Williamson 316D
    Phone: 509-359-4381
    Fax: 509-359-2899

    Dr. Gus Nollmeyer is an Assistant Professor of Education at Eastern Washington University. He teaches elementary classroom management, elementary science and social studies methods, instructional media, and a variety of other undergraduate and graduate courses. Prior to coming to Eastern, Dr. Nollmeyer taught elementary school, served as a curriculum coach and educational consultant, ran an educational business, and was an adjunct professor. Please visit his website to learn more about Dr. Nollmeyer's teaching philosophy  and research interests . You can find a number of resources for teachers at Dr. Nollmeyer's website as well.

  • Lance Potter
    Lance Potter
    Director, Educational Leadership Program and Faculty
    Williamson 313B
    Phone: 509-359-7018
    Fax: 509-359-2899

    Assistant Professor; Director of Educational Leadership Program   Lance Potter runs the Principal Certification Program, teaches graduate courses in educational leadership and school law, and Intro to Education. Lance brings an eclectic past to his position at Eastern. Among other things, he as been the superintendent and principal of an international school, taught at that same international school, taught college and high school courses, taught middle school, managed a farm, practiced law, worked in business, and taught skiing in Colorado. Lance holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Penn State University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.

  • Lori Reiman
    Lori Reiman
    MIT and Graduate Program Assistant
    Williamson 318C
    Phone: 509.359.2500
    Fax: 509-359-2899
  • Timothy Sedor
    Timothy Sedor
    Co-Director of Field Experience
    Williamson 310D
    Phone: 509-359-6098
    Fax: 509-359-2899
  • Janice Sahagian
    Janice Sahagian
    Wlm 317B
  • Shelly Shaffer, MA, PhD
    Shelly Shaffer, MA, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Literacy
    Williamson 313C
    Phone: 509-359-6192
    Fax: 509-359-2899 Department Fax

    Biographical Sketch

    Shelly Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Literacy. Shelly Shaffer received her BA in English from University of Arizona in 1998, her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix in 2002, and her PhD in English Education from Arizona State University in 2015. She taught for 13.5 years in Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, AZ. She will be teaching courses in Education and Literacy in the Department of Education. Her research interests are focused on secondary literacy instruction, literacy motivation, innovative curriculum, and culturally and ethnically diverse learners in ELA (English Language Arts) classrooms. Shelly Shaffer just moved to the Cheney area from Arizona with her husband and two children. She left two sons in Arizona; one is going to Arizona State University this year as a freshman, and the other is living with his family in Mesa, AZ. She also breeds English bulldogs, and she currently owns one male and two female bulldogs named Cooper, Alice, and Cookie.

  • Jill Stinson
    Jill Stinson
    Certification Officer
    312B Williamson Hall
    Phone: 509-359-2237
    Fax: 509-359-2899


  • Donita Torres
    Donita Torres
    Assistant Professor of Education
    Williamson 314C
    Phone: (509) 359-6196
  • Ann Van Wig
    Ann Van Wig
    Assistant Professor of Education
    Williamson 313 C
    Phone: 509-359-6097
    Fax: 509-359-2899

    Ann Van Wig is an Assistant Professor of Education at Eastern Washington University.  Ann earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, with an Emphasis in Literacy from the University of Wyoming.  She teaches coursework in literacy methods, literacy assessment, children's literature, writing in the classroom, theory and practice, and content literacy.  Prior coming to Eastern, Ann taught direct instruction reading courses in a middle school, alongside reading, writing, and math.  She also served as the district assessment interventionist during implementation and monitoring of benchmark and progress monitoring assessments.

    Ann's interests include emergent literacy skills, assessment that informs instruction, curricular design that aligns with teaching practices, and global education.  She has been fortunate to be able to travel to both Guatemala and Latvia in observation and interacting with schools and teachers, developing an international perspective of education.  She currently is conducting research with a group of scholars around the U.S. on literacy curricular decisions that impact teacher education practices. Ann volunteers in a kindergarten class (the most fun in her day!) and serves on the Faculty Senate, representing the Education Department.   Ann grew up in northeast Iowa, but married a Californian, so much of her adult life has been spent in the West.  She loves traveling that includes visiting family and friends.  Ann has three grown children, spread around the U.S.  Her fourth child will graduate from high school in May.  

  • Dr. Kathleen Waldron-Soler
    Dr. Kathleen Waldron-Soler
    Special Education
    Williamson 311B
    Phone: 509-359-2501
    Fax: 509-359-2899 Department Fax
  • Allison Wilson, MEd, PhD
    Allison Wilson, MEd, PhD
    Early Childhood Education, One-room Schoolhouse Mistress
    Williamson 315B
    Phone: 509-359-7021
    Fax: 509-359-2899 Department Fax

    Allison Wilson, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education. Allison received her BS Degree in Child Development and Family Relations from the University of Idaho, her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Montana, and her PhD in Special Education and Early Intervention from the University of Oregon in 2015. She will be teaching courses in the Early Childhood Education program in the Department of Education. Her research interests are focused on personnel preparation for early childhood teachers, young children and families experiencing homelessness, early childhood systems, and curriculum for blended preschool classrooms. Allison Wilson is originally from Houston, Texas. She has lived in the northwest for the past 12 years. 

  • Harvey Alvy, Professor Emeritus, Retired
    Harvey Alvy, Professor Emeritus, Retired
    Educational Leadership / Curriculum & Instruction / Foundations of Education
    Williamson Hall 311C
    Phone: 509.359.6091

    Biographical Sketch

    Harvey Alvy served in the principalship for more than a decade in both elementary and secondary schools. Harvey's international experiences have taken him from the American School in Kinshasa, Zaire, to the American International School in Israel, the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India and Singapore American School. He was selected as an NAESP National Distinguished Principal for American Overseas Schools and is a founding member of the Principals' Training Center for International Schools.  In 2004 Harvey received the Eastern Washington University (EWU) CenturyTel Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence.  He has co-authored, with Pam Robbins, Learning from Lincoln: Leadership Practices for School Success, The New Principal's Fieldbook: Strategies for Success, The Principal's Companion and If I Only Knew: Success Strategies for Navigating the Principalship.  With Dr. Jane Liu, Harvey co-authored a Mandarin only book for Chinese school leaders, The Principal Management Handbook: The American Principal's Approach to Successful Administration. He has conducted seminars, workshops, and presentations, both nationally and internationally on the newcomer to the principalship, educational trends, instructional leadership, moral leadership, characteristics of great teachers, and the leadership of Abraham Lincoln. Harvey holds the William C. Shreeve Endowed Professorship in Educational Leadership at EWU.

    We invite you to visit Dr. Alvy's blog where you will find research links, excellent books on school leadership, course syllabi, as well as his latest blog posts, books he has co-authored, and the latest information on his newly released book Learning from Lincoln.

    Dr. Alvy retired in 2012 as Professor Emeritus of Education.  He is currently working with Pam Robbins on the next edition of The Principal's Companion and has speaking engagements around the country.     

  • Marilyn Carpenter, Professor Emeritus, Retired
    Marilyn Carpenter, Professor Emeritus, Retired
    Literacy/Curriculum & Instruction

    Welcome to my web page...

     There are resources here for my students at Eastern Washington University as well as teachers and librarians. First, I will introduce myself. My background as an elementary teacher, children's book reviewer and staff developer combines my passions for teaching and reading. I came to Eastern Washington University in 1998. I teach literacy courses, including children's literature and teen literature. I was attracted to EWU by the major in reading for both secondary and elementary preservice teachers.

    Undergraduates who major in reading are well prepared for their teaching careers. I was enriched by graduate work at Claremont Graduate University and the University of Arizona. My Ph.D. studies specialized in children's literature at the University of Arizona in the College of Education's department of Language, Reading and Culture. I received my BA in English and elementary teaching certificate from California State University at Los Angeles. I taught elementary school in both the Los Angeles and Alhambra School Districts. I also spent some years as a Title I Coordinator and Reading Specialist.In addition, I spent the major part of my career as a staff developer. I worked for districts all over the United States providing staff development in literacy, children's literature and thematic, integrative curriculum.

    My family has provided experiences that nurture my understanding and the support that allows me to thrive. My husband, Warren, and I live in Spokane. Our three children, all grown, continue to bring us joy. We have lived in Southern California and Tucson, Arizona. I grew up in Alhambra, California and then after our marriage we lived in Arcadia,California for sixteen years.

    One of my blessings has been the gift of complimentary books from most of the publishers of children's and teen books. Those books have been arriving on my doorstep and now in my office at Eastern Washington University for many years. As I read and evaluate the books, I am pleased to share the gems I discover. This web site is another way for me to spread the news of the best new books that are published for young people each year. Such books exemplify the power of the written word for young people and encourage them to read more.


  • Fran Sherwood, Professor Emeritus, Retired
    Fran Sherwood, Professor Emeritus, Retired
    Early Childhood Education / Curriculum & Instruction / Foundations of Education
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