Connie Reinhart, M.Ed. - Department Chaircreinhart@thiel.edu
Professor Connie Reinhart is currently the Department Chair and Associate Professor at Thiel College. Professor Reinhart received her M.Ed. and B.S. degrees from Edinboro University and Public School Administration Certification from the University of Alaska. She also has extensive post graduate course work. Professor Reinhart is a former elementary school classroom teacher, Demonstration teacher, teacher of gifted students, teacher trainer, assistant principal and principal. She has been an educator in the states of Florida, Pennsylvania and Alaska. Professor Reinhart has extensive training in meeting the needs of gifted children, ESL, multiculturalism and safe school initiatives. The first preschool gifted program for the state of Alaska was created by Professor Reinhart and implemented into the Anchorage School District's Gifted Program. She has presented at state and national education conferences. Professor Reinhart has been published in educational magazines and was highlighted as an outstanding educator in a television documentary used as a training video for Alaska schools. Also, during her years as an elementary school principal in Anchorage, Alaska, Professor Reinhart was awarded two national grants. She was the Project Director on a three year grant awarded for school-wide restructuring of bilingual services from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages and the Project Director on a national grant awarded by Apple Computer, Inc., Cupertino, California. Professor Reinhart also serves as the advisor of the Alpha Gamma Iota chapter at Thiel College of Kappa Delta Pi, the National Education Honorary. She has received several awards for her dedication and passion to the field of education. Professor Reinhart is also the recipient of Thiel's 2009 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award and her biography appears in the 2010 Edition of Marquis Who's Who.
Toni Mild, M.Ed. - Director of Teacher Educationtmild@thiel.edu
Professor Mild is currently the Director of Teacher Education within the Education Department at Thiel College. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1995. She received her Master’s Degree in Education and Special Education Supervisor Certificate from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2000. Professor Mild is a former Middle School Title I Teacher, Emotional Support Teacher, Learning Support Teacher and Special Education Supervisor for Districts in both Mercer and Lawrence Counties. She is currently a doctorial candidate at Capella University focusing on Educational Leadership.
Douglas R. Hazlett, Ph.D. - Professordhazlett@thiel.edu
Dr. Hazlett is currently a Professor at Thiel College. Dr. Hazlett received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University and M.Ed. and B.M. degrees from Westminster College. Dr. Hazlett is also an adjunct professor with the Butler County Community College at Lindenpointe and has served as an adjunct in the graduate programs at Gannon University and Edinboro University and undergraduate program at Westminster College.
Mary Reames, M.Ed. - Lecturer of Educationmreames@thiel.edu
Professor Reames is currently a Lecturer at Thiel College and adjunct professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. Professor Reames received her B.A. as well as her M.Ed. from Westminster College. She is a former elementary teacher, reading specialist, elementary principal and curriculum coordinator. She was a finalist for Principal of the Year in the state of PA in 1999. Along with Professor Shaffer, Professor Reames was a member of a national consortium sponsored by the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development for thinking skills. As a part of this consortium, Professor Reames and Professor Shaffer worked with many of the leading educational researchers in the United States.
David Shaffer, M.Ed. - Lecturer of Educationdshaffer@thiel.edu
Professor Shaffer is currently a Lecturer at Thiel College. Professor Shaffer has earned Master's Degrees in Secondary Education and School Administration from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Westminster College, respectively. Professor Shaffer is a former teacher, assistant high school principal, high school principal and superintendent of schools. Currently, he and Professor Reames serve as educational consultants and provide training for teachers and administrators for several school districts. Professor Shaffer and Professor Reames have extensive experience with the research on effective schools and the teaching and learning process.
Nancy Bires, M.Ed. - Adjunct Professornbires@thiel.edu
Nancy Bires is an adjunct professor in the Education Department at Thiel College. Professor Bires earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and Biology at Grove City College and received her Master's Degree from Clarion University of PA in Science and Environmental Education. She is the K-8 Gifted Support Teacher in the Hermitage School District and has been in that position for 26 years. She is also an instructor for Carnegie Mellon University's C-MITES Program. Previous positions include being a science teacher, an adjunct professor at Westminster College, zoo educator, program director for a planetarium, director of Children's Science Playshops and an environmental educator at a nature center. Her expertise is in the area of elementary science and environmental education. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University of Pennsylvania focusing on science and environmental education.
David S. Spalding, M.Ed. - Adjunct Professordspalding@thiel.edu
Professor Spalding is currently an Adjunct Professor and the Special Education Administrator at Laurel School District (New Castle, Pennsylvania). He received his B.S. Degree from Cincinnati Christian University and M.A. from the University of Akron. He has worked as a School Psychologist in Pennsylvania and Ohio and holds K-12 principal certification. Prof. Spalding has led and contributed to several local, regional and state-level initiatives including best practices in reading, classroom management, School-based Mental Health services and School-wide Positive Behavioral Support.
Angela Virostick, M.Ed. - Adjunct Professoravirostick@thiel.edu
Professor Virostick is currently an Adjunct Professor and a Supervisor of Student Teachers at Thiel College. Professor Virostick received her B.S. Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. from Marygrove College in Detroit, Mich. She is a former elementary teacher, math supervisor, instructional associate and staff developer for the Sharon City School District of which she was employed for thirty-five years. As an instructional associate she received training in Reading and Writing Workshop from Columbia University Teachers College. She also received training as a Conceptual Mathematics Coach and studied District Design and Research from The Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Virostick is an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honor society of women educators.
Pam Slatcoff, M.Ed. - Adjunct Professorpslatcoff@thiel.edu
Professor Slatcoff is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Education department at Thiel College. Professor Slatcoff received her B.S. degree from Edinboro State University, a M.A. in History from Slippery Rock University and a M.Ed from Youngstown State University. She has extensive experience teaching on the secondary, middle school and elementary levels at Lakeview School District for 34 years. Professor Slatcoff was an elementary principal for 8 years and served as District Special Education Supervisor for the Commodore Perry School District. She was the team leader when the Commodore Perry School District was awarded and recognized at the National Title I Conference in Washington, D.C. as a Distinguished School for its innovation in helping disadvantaged students achieve in the academic core areas. State assessment scores improved dramatically as a result of the reading changes and research-based practices introduced and implemented during her administrative career. Professor Slatcoff is currently involved in mentoring other school administrators through the Pennsylvania Principal Mentoring Program, as well as working as a volunteer with the Early Childhood Initiative Program of Mercer County.
Kateri Linn, M.Ed. - Education PDE Coordinatorklinn@thiel.edu
Mrs. Linn is the Pennsylvania Department of Education Coordinator at Thiel College. Mrs. Linn received her B.S. degree from Slippery Rock University and her M.Ed from Youngstown State University. She has previously worked in Career Services and more recently as an Academic Advisor and Career Counselor. Mrs. Linn has attended many trainings and conferences on working with Exploratory students and advising techniques for college students. She is currently pursuing a Certificate from Cornell in HR Practices.
Kate Tyson, M.Ed. - Adjunct Professorktyson@thiel.edu
Professor Tyson is an adjunct professor at Thiel College. Mrs. Tyson received her B.A. in English from Thiel College and her Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Walden University. She is currently a high school English teacher, newspaper advisor, and coach in the Reynolds Area School District. She has been named a Keystones Technology Integrator by the state of Pennsylvania for exemplary integration of technology in the practice of teaching; in addition to this, Mrs. Tyson has both attended and presented in workshops on a wide range of subjects including writing in the classroom and performance assessment.
Erin McKinney, M.Ed. - Adjunct Professoremckinney@thiel.edu
Professor McKinney is an adjunct professor in the Education Department at Thiel College. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Thiel College and her M. Ed. in Special Education from Seton Hill University.. She was awarded the Michael J. Relihan Memorial Award for Excellence in Special Education. She previously served as a Life Skills Special Education teacher in the Reynolds School District. Professor McKinney has attended several professional development workshops in technology training, PASA, and Adaptive Technology.
Kimberly Banic, M.Ed. - Adjunct Professorkbanic@thiel.edu
Professor Banic received her B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration from Thiel College. She worked as a Financial Analyst for First National Bank of PA and then returned to Thiel for a B.A. in Elementary Education. She received a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from NOVA Southeastern University. Professor Banic also currently teaches first grade at Reynolds Elementary School and has made several presentations at various workshops at Thiel since graduating.
Tina McCartney, M.Ed.- Adjunct Professortmccartney@thiel.edu
Professor McCartney earned a BS in Education from Slippery Rock University in Elementary and Special Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University. She has been employed by Commodore Perry School District for 25 years and is currently the Instructional Support Teacher and Data and Testing Coordinator. She previously taught in both an elementary learning support classroom and a high school learning support classroom. She was a member of the team that represented Commodore Perry in Washington DC for the National Title I Award presented to the school in 2009. She has also presented at various conferences on the five components of reading and also on letting data drive classroom instruction.
Annette VanAken, M.Ed.- Adjunct Professoravanaken@thiel.edu
Professor VanAken graduated from Hillsdale College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with certifications in Early Childhood Education, kindergarten through fifth grade all subjects and sixth through eighth grade Art and English. She earned a Masters of Science from the University of Southern Indiana in Education in Elementary Education and is currently completing her Doctoral degree at Liberty University in Curriculum and Instruction.
Nancy Castor, M.Ed.- Adjunct Professorncastor@thiel.edu
Professor Castor is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Education Department at Thiel College. Professor Castor received her Bachelor's Degree in Special and Elementary Education from Penn State University. She received her Master of Education Degree and her Principal Certification from Westminster College. Professor Castor earned her Special Education Supervisor Certificate from Penn State University. Professor Castor taught in the Greenville Area School District for twenty-seven years as a special education, elementary education, Instructional Support, and Reading Recovery teacher. For seven years she was the principal and Special Education Supervisor for the district. After retiring from public education in 2010, Professor Castor was the Mercer County LEARN Team Outreach Coordinator. She was a presenter at the National Staff Development Conference. Currently, Professor Castor is a member of the Community Court.
Kathleen Christiansen, M.Ed.- Adjunct Professorkchristiansen@thiel.edu
Professor Christiansen received her undergraduate degree from Duquesne Univ. and her Masters and Principal certification from Westminster. She taught secondary English in Princeton NJ for 6 years, and has 25 years teaching secondary English at Greenville HS. Professor Christiansen was also Interim principal for 2 years at Greenville. She is also an adjunct in the English Department and works in The Learning Commons. She is beginning her 5th year at Thiel College and received the 2011 Distinguished Adjunct Award from Thiel.