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natalie cobb

Natalie Cobb, M.S.Ed.
Director of Clinical and Field-Based Experiences
Office: 909, Foyle
816.501.2432
Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu

B.S.Ed. from the University of Kansas
M.S.Ed. from the University of Kansas

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Mrs. Cobb is the Director of Clinical and Field-Based Experiences for graduate and undergraduate programs. Within this role, she supervises teacher candidates and interns, and she is the instructor for the Final Clinical Experience Seminar class. Previously, Mrs. Cobb taught high school English for ten years in the Shawnee Mission and De Soto school districts. She also served on the Curriculum Council, and she was the Department Chairperson. She has certifications in secondary English and social studies. Her areas of expertise are curriculum, instruction, and teacher development. Mrs. Cobb is currently finishing her Doctoral degree at the University of Kansas.

Wendy Donnell, Ph.D.

Wendy Johnson Donnell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor for Literacy
Office: 918, Foyle
816.501.3667
Wendy.Donnell@Avila.edu

B.S.E., University of Kansas
M.S.E., Kansas State University
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Dr. Donnell's area of expertise is literacy acquisition, with emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse students. She comes to Avila after 30 years in the public schools; during that tenure, she held positions at the classroom, school, and district level. She has participated in international reading research conferences as invited guest and presenter. Dr. Donnell currently teaches undergraduate classes in foundations of literacy and the diagnostic and reflective teaching of reading.

Fred Geer, Ph.D.

Fred Geer, Ph.D.
Professor of Education and Psychology
Office: 920, Foyle
816.501.3669
Fred.Geer@Avila.edu
B.S.E., M.S., Emporia State University
Ph.D., University of Kansas

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Dr. Geer is Avila's specialist in educational and psychological assessment. He has worked as a school psychologist and consultant for area school districts and as a Resource Specialist for North Central Accreditation. He teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses and serves as the academic advisor for special education majors. Dr. Geer regularly supervises student teachers. He is also the faculty athletics representative.

Stacy Keith, Ph.D.

Stacy Keith, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: 912, Foyle
816.501.2960
Stacy.Keith@Avila.edu
B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
M.S.E. Graceland University
Ed.D., Saint Louis University

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Dr. Keith's areas of expertise are in the areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and the role of professional development in increasing teacher effectiveness. She has served as a board member and vice-president of the Missouri Staff Development Council. She also has certifications in secondary English, Social Studies, and gifted education. Dr. Keith teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in the education department and serves as an academic advisor for middle school and secondary English/ Language Arts and Speech/Theater.

Sue Ellen McCalley, Ph.D.

Sue Ellen McCalley, Ph.D.
Professor of Education and Psychology
Office: 922, Foyle
816.501.2443
SueEllen.McCalley@Avila.edu
B.S., Northwestern University
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Ph.D., University of Kansas

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Dr. McCalley's expertise is in special education. She has traveled internationally with educational groups to consult on special education development and treatment programs. In recent years, she has traveled to China, Russia, South Africa, India and Singapore. She is also a member of the Oxford Round Table on Children with Disabilities, Oxford University, England. Dr. McCalley teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes in both education and psychology. She serves as the academic advisor for middle school and secondary education students and supervisor of student teachers. Dr. McCalley serves on the executive board of the Missouri Association for Colleges of Teacher Education.

Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D.

Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education
Office: 914, Foyle
816.501.3663
karen.garber-miller@Avila.edu
B.A., MidAmerica Nazarene University
M.A., Southern Nazarene University
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Dr. Garber-Miller is the Dean in the School of Education. She specializes in reading and the language arts. She teaches a variety of literacy, language arts, ESOL, and practicum courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is a certified teacher in Kansas and Missouri. In recent years she has taught and participated in international education projects in Armenia, Botswana, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Hungary, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Thailand, Ukraine, and Zambia. She presents for the International Reading Association and other educational organizations as well as consults and provides professional development for K-12 school districts. Dr. Garber-Miller served as President Elect of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and serves on the board for the Kansas City Urban Youth Center. She advises elementary education students and supervises clinical experiences, student teachers, and interns.

Bradley Poos, Ph.D.

Bradley Poos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: 916, Foyle
816.501.2431
Bradley.Poos@Avila.edu
B.A., University of Kansas
M.Ed., Rockhurst University
M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Dr. Poos specializes in the historical and sociological foundations of education and has particular expertise in the areas of race and schooling in the United States. His research has largely focused on using oral history to explore the lived experiences of people of color around issues of segregation and desegregation. Dr. Poos began his career in education as a middle school and high school social studies teacher, before working as a middle school counselor and is certified in both secondary social studies and K-12 counseling and guidance. Dr. Poos teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and advises middle and secondary education students, as well as student teachers. Additionally, Dr. Poos serves as the faculty sponsor for the Avila Education Association (AEA) and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society (KDPi).





Staff & Administrators

Deana Angotti

Deana Angotti, M.S.
Director of Graduate Education
Office: 906, Foyle
816.501.2446
Deana.Angotti@Avila.edu
B.A., M.S., University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Ms. Angotti serves as the Director of the Graduate Education programs. She is the academic advisor for master's completion and graduate certification students. During her years of service at Avila, Ms. Angotti has taught undergraduate and graduate education classes and supervised Practicum and student teachers. Ms. Angotti serves on the advisory council for the School of Graduate Studies, serves on the Global Studies Committee and is an Associate member of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Karen Cox

Karen Cox
Administrative Assistant for Clinical and Field-based Experiences
Office: 907, Foyle
816.501.2420
Karen.Cox@Avila.edu

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Mrs. Cox works as a liaison between student teachers/interns, school districts and Avila University in the student teacher placement process. She also handles student teaching correspondence and related administrative duties.

Kathleen Puls

Kathleen Puls, M.A.
Graduate Admissions and Advising Specialist
Office: 908, Foyle
816.501.2464
Kathleen.Puls@avila.edu

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B.A., University of Hawaii at Mānoa
M.A., University of Missouri – Kansas City

Ms. Puls provides admissions and continued enrollment guidance to prospective and current graduate students.

Alicia Murillo

Alicia Murillo, M.A.
Assessment Coordinator & Certification Officer
Office: 910, Foyle
816.501.2465
Alicia.Murillo@Avila.edu
B.A., M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Mrs. Murillo assists students with the completion of the state teacher certification process. Additionally, she coordinates the collection and dissemination of assessment data for university, state, and federal reporting needs.

Julie Saviano

Julie Saviano
Office Manager for the School of Education
Office: 91, Foyle
816.501.2467
Julie.Saviano@Avila.edu

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Mrs. Saviano is the office manager for the School of Education. She began her career at Avila in August 1999 where she served as Director of the Child Care for five years. In August 2004 she joined the School of Education.