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Dr. Brenda Tinkham

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Department of Education - Faculty Information

Brenda S. Tinkham

Brenda S. Tinkham
Professor of Education
Dean of School of Education

Phone: (252) 398-6304
Email: tinkhb@chowan.edu

"Our goal in the School of Education at Chowan University is to prepare graduates who are excellent teachers for the students who will become the leaders of tomorrow.”

Education:
Brenda S. Tinkham received her B.S. degree in Elementary Education from NC Wesleyan. She received her Masters of Art in Education for Elementary Education, her Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and her Educational Doctorate in Educational Administration from East Carolina University. Brenda S. Tinkham came to work at Chowan University in 2006.

Courses Taught:

  • Foundations of Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Classroom Management
  • Reading in the Content Area
  • Critical Thinking


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Jayne Wolfskill

Jayne Wolfskill
Assistant Professor of Education
Fieldwork Coordinator
Chair, Department of Teacher Education

Phone: (252) 398-6330
Email: wolfsj@chowan.edu

2011 Alpha Chi Teacher Award

2010 Excellence in Teaching Award

"Small classes and one on one advising make Chowan unique and a place where students and professors enjoy successful teaching and learning experiences. University sponsored events such as sports, theater, concerts, art exhibits, the Hobson Lecture/Award, and others allow students and faculty to get to know one another and appreciate similar interests.”

Education:
Jayne Wolfskill received her B.A. degree in Education from Guilford College. She received her Masters of Science Education degree in Education from Old Dominion University. Jayne Wolfskill came to work at Chowan in 2006.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Reading in the Elementary School
  • Children’s Literature
  • Multicultural Education
  • Directed Student Teaching
  • Methods and Materials for Language Arts and Social Studies in the
    Elementary Grades


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Carolyn Modlin

Carolyn Modlin
Professor of Education
Disability Services Coordinator

Phone: (252) 398-6570
Email: modlic@chowan.edu

"My favorite thing about working at Chowan is that it provides me with the opportunity to get to know my students well due to the small class size. [Charles Silberman said it best], ‘Education should prepare people not just to earn a living, but to live a life—a creative, humane, and sensitive life.’”

Education:
Carolyn Modlin graduated from Radford College with a B.S. in Home Economics. She went on to receive her M.S. in Diagnostic and Remedial Reading from Virginia State University and later an Ed.S. in Educational Administration and Ed.D. in Educational Administration both from Virginia Tech. Carolyn Modlin joined the Chowan University faculty in 2001.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Analysis of Research in Teaching
  • Educational Psychology
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Children’s Literature
  • Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
  • Reading Practicum

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Dr. Sheryl Long

Sheryl Long
Assistant Professor of Education

Phone: (252) 398-6553
Email: longs@chowan.edu

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"I believe the most successful teachers are those who recognize teaching as a student-centered endeavor. As a teacher educator, I strive to help our university students understand that education is a dynamic, interpersonal profession."

Education:

  • Meredith College, B.A. in English with North Carolina Teacher Licensure
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, M.A. in English
  • North Carolina State University, Ph. D. in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in English Education

Courses Taught:

  • Action Research
  • Advanced Curriculum & Instruction
  • Diversity
  • Integrating Language Arts & Social Studies
  • 21st Century Literacies

Publications:

Long, S. & Pope, C. (Eds.). (2011). Past and Present in Out of the Dust. In J. O. Milner and C. A. Pope, Engaging American novels: Lessons from the classroom (pp. 93-118). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.

Young, C. A., Long, S., & Myers, J. (2010). Editorial: Enhancing English language arts education with digital video. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 10(1).

Young, C., Lee, J., Pope, C., Beal, C., Wolfram, W., Reaser, J. & Long, S. (2008). The voices of North Carolina professional development initiative: A new literacies approach to teaching language effectively in the middle grades. In K. McFerrin et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 4672-4678). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Presentations:

Long, S. & Pope, C. (2010). Integrating film literacy in the English language arts. National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.

Pope, C & Long, S. (2009). Video/Book Talks: Exploring the role of young adult literature and film. National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Pope, C., Beal, C., Long, S., & McCammon, L. (2008). Digital natives become teacher educators: Shifting our view from students as subjects to students as partners & pedagogical experts. National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX.

Young, C.A., Long, S., Foster, M., Greene, S., Holt, K., Polk, M. & Smith, J. (2008). Teaching language effectively in the middle grades: Making the shift to a new literacies approach. National Council of Teachers of English, Annual Convention, San Antonio, TX.

Young, C.A., Lee, J.K., & Long, S. (2008). Teaching language effectively in the middle grades: Making the shift to a new literacies approach. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education, Annual International Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

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Karen Spain

Karen Spain
Instructor / Assessment Coordinator

Phone: (252) 398-6362
Email: kkspain0801@chowan.edu

"I am really looking forward to working with preservice teachers, helping them to reach their potential, and watch them as they grow and learn. In the words of John Dewey, “The good man is the man who, no matter how morally unworthy he has been, is moving to become better.”

Education:

  • Master of Education, Elementary Education, Chowan University
  • Bachelor of Science, Music Education, Geneva College

Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 310 Reading in the Content Area
  • Student Teaching Seminar

Awards:

Chowan University Student Research Conference – Best Graduate Paper Presentation 2012

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Gretchen Zoch

Gretchen Zoch
Adjunct Professor

Phone: (252) 862-5510
Email: zochg@chowan.edu

"I am looking forward to meeting new and upcoming future teachers!"

Education:

  • Master of Arts, Elementary Education, Gardner-Webb University
  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Gardner-Webb University

Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 350 A – Teachers, Schools, and Community Relations

Awards:

  • September 2012 - Inducted into Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
  • February 2009 - Participant at Ron Clark Academy
  • August 2008 - Named Hertford County Teacher of the Year
  • August 2008 - Named Teacher of the Year for Riverview Elementary
  • April 2004 - Nominated for Disney’s Star Teacher Award
  • January 2003 - Inducted into Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority
  • August 2002 - Named Teacher of the Year for Union Elementary



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Valerie Williams O'Kelley

Valerie Williams O’Kelley
Adjunct Professor

Phone: (252) 398-6297
Email: williv1@chowan.edu

"I have always believed that the teaching profession should be seen as one of the most prestigious and important professions to which one can aspire, as it is the one profession that cultivates all others. Therefore, giving future teachers guidance in developing themselves for a productive and satisfying career in educating students is exciting! I enjoy watching our Chowan students progress toward self-discovery as they journey toward their goals."

Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Drama Education, South Carolina State University
  • Master of Education, Secondary Education, Winthrop University
  • Educational Specialist Degree, Administration, Winthrop University
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Administration, South Carolina State University

Courses Taught:

  • Education 340 Multicultural Education

Awards:

  • Crystal Ruler Award: Given by Area Superintendent for
    Positive Impact Upon
  • Assigned School
  • Graduate Recipient of Winthrop Alumni Scholarship
  • Who’s Who Among America’s High School Teachers

Presentations / Publications:

Hertford County District-Wide Workshop.
Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy: Writing Measurable Objectives, Aligning the Curriculum and Increasing Rigor (fall, 2012)

Hertford County District-Wide Workshop.
Understanding by Design: Unpacking the Standards (summer, 2012)

Hertford County Administrators/Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Principals and Assistant Principals.
New Teacher Evaluation Process (fall, 2012, 2010)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Principals and Assistant Principals.
Building a Cohesive Administrative Team (fall, 2009)

University of North Carolina Chapel-Hill Teaching Fellows.
Beginning Your Teaching Career (spring, 2010)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Principals and Assistant Principals.
Climate Change for Content Planning (summer, 2008)

Community Church Parent Class.
Living Legacies (summer, 2008)

My School Rocks, December, 2008

Parent Assessment of Communication Before, During and After Parent-Teacher Conferences, (2004) Dissertation

Scene Writer for the national gospel play: Daddy Where Are You?



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Gail Wade

Gail C. Wade
Adjunct Professor

Email: wadeg@chowan.edu

"I love working in the Department of Education – teaching online courses."

Education:

  • B.A. in Business Education, Atlantic Christian College
  • M.S.A. in Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, School Administration, East Carolina University

Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 225 Lateral Entry Induction
  • EDUC 310 Reading in the Content Areas



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Russell H. Johnson, III

Russell H. Johnson, III
Adjunct Instructor

Phone: (252) 398-6294
Email: johnsr1@chowan.edu

"I am looking forward to the challenge of working with a different caliber of student body."

Education:

  • B.A. in Arts Education, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • B.S. in Art Education, East Carolina University (ECU)
  • M.Ed. in Art Education, ECU
  • M.S.A. in School Administration, ECU

Courses Taught:

  • CT 101 Critical Thinking
  • EDUC 452A Methods For Teaching Mathematics and Science
  • EDUC480 Directed Student Teaching

Awards:

  • Champion Child Advocate, 2007, Down East Partnership for Children, Rocky Mount, NC

Publications:

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. (2009), North Carolina. GUIDE FOR THE EARLY YEARS, Second Edition. Contributor, Reviewer.


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Phyllis Broughton

Phyllis J. Broughton, Ed.D.
Adjunct Instructor

Phone: (252) 714-4335 (cell)
Email: brougp@chowan.edu

"Chowan University is a wonderful college where the students receive a quality education. I look forward to being a part of the educational environment that the college offers for the students. “To teach is to touch a life forever.”

Education:

  • Ed.D., Adult and Community College Education, North Carolina State University
  • MAED, Adult Education, East Carolina University
  • BA, English Education Barton College

Courses Taught:

  • ECUC 300-A Educational Psychology (Chowan University – undergraduate program)
  • ADED 6550 Leadership and Communication (ECU – College of Education Graduate Program)
  • ADED 6490 Multicultural Issues in Education (ECU – College of Education Graduate Program)
  • ADED 6495 Educational Program Evaluation (ECU – College of Education Graduate Program)

Awards:

  • 2007 – East Carolina University, College of Education Outstanding
    Alumna Award
  • 1996 – NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award (national award)
  • 1995 – Joseph E. Downing Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1994 – Gamma Psi Chapter, Delta Pi Epsilon Excellence in Teaching Award



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