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Department of Education

Education Faculty and Staff

Faculty

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Kena Avila - Associate Professor, ESOL Coodinator, Elementary Education Coordinator

Potter 330
503-883-2312
kavila@linfield.edu

Kena is very interested in bilingualism and how to help bilingual students succeed in schools. She has taught preschool through college in various bilingual schools in California, Oregon, Mexico, and Ecuador. Kena loves to travel and has spent a semester in Oaxaca, Mexico, and taught in South America in 2016-2017. This year, Kena will teach Methods and Assessment for English to Speakers of Other Languages.


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Steven Bernhisel - Associate Professor, Secondary Education Coordinator

Potter 332
503-883-2674
steveb@linfield.edu

As a former high school chemistry and biology teacher, Steve's specialty is helping future elementary and secondary teachers teach science effectively. Additionally, Steve teaches EDUC 305 Teaching Methods & Classroom Management and Colloquium, Linfield's first-year orientation class. In January of 2019, Steve and Nancy Drickey, Education Department professor, will be teaching a January term course in Puerto Rico to study the education, history, and culture of this Caribbean island.


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Nancy Drickey - Professor of Education

Potter 110
503-883-2201
ndricke@linfield.edu

Nancy’s area of expertise is K-12 mathematics education. She has conducted research with students on math teaching and standards in Japan, China, Malaysia, and Singapore, and has led multiple Jan. term courses to Puerto Rico. During 2018-2019, Nancy will teach MATH 136 Math for Elementary Teachers II, EDUC 398 Education and Culture in Puerto Rico, EDUC 430 Math Methods for Middle and High School Teachers, EDUC 448 Teaching Mathematics (K-8), and EDUC 496 Seminar for Full-time Student Teaching.


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Mindy Legard Larson - Professor of Education (Chair)

Potter 220
503-8832203
milarson@linfield.edu

Mindy's areas of expertise include teaching reading and writing to elementary students, children's literature, and education policy. She has led a January term course in Norway and Sweden. Mindy is active in local K-12 schools and has taught first, second and third grades and served an Elementary Curriculum and Program Specialist. This year Mindy will teach EDUC 401 Teaching Literacy I and EDUC 402 Teaching Literacy II.


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Tonda Liggett - Visiting Assistant Professor

Potter Hall 220
503-883-2203
tliggett@linfield.edu

Tonda’s research focuses on the intersections of English language education and critical multicultural education. Within this nexus, she examines issues of race, culture, and language in relation to teacher identity and teaching. Most recently she has been researching and traveling to Southeast Asia to better understand the role of globalization and immigration on language learning and cultural context. This year, Tonda will be teaching EDUC 240 Foundations for Teaching ESOL and supervising student teachers pursuing their ESOL endorsement.


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Heather Oesterreich - Associate Professor

Potter Hall
503-883-2237
hoesterreich@linfield.edu

Heather comes from a family of teachers, including her grandmother who taught in a one-room schoolhouse. She has taught youth and adults in language arts, social studies, and life skills education in high schools, middle schools, jails, prisons, and after-school programs. She loves teaching the introductory education course, EDUC 150, and is passionate about EDUC 302 Diversity and Inclusion. This year Heather will teach EDUC 150, EDUC 302 and supervise students in EDUC 040 Community Service.


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Gennie VanBeek - Associate Professor

Potter 114
503-883-2238
gvanbeek@linfield.edu

Gennie’s teaching passions include meeting the needs of diverse learners and helping students improve their writing. Before teaching college students, she taught adult basic education, high school language arts, and—her favorite—middle school language arts. Gennie teaches Educational Psychology and is excited to try out a new text about trauma-informed teaching this coming year.


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Administrator

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Jason Barber - Program Manager: Director of Assessment, Accreditation, and Field Experiences

Potter 111
503-883-2646
jbarber@linfield.edu

Jason Barber, M.Ed.

Program Manager: Education Department

Jason is a world traveler and career development advocate. Jason taught English in South Korea for over three years, taught ESL and career skills to international graduate students at a university in Silicon Valley for an additional three years, and has worked in administration since 2015. Jason manages the Education Department and is responsible for placing students into student teaching and aiding placements.


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Teaching Adjuncts

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Diane Allen - Teaching Adjunct

Potter Hall 333
503-883-2339
diallen@linfield.edu

Diane is a former middle school educator, teaching Language Arts and Social Studies for grades 6-8. For the last several years, she has taught a variety of courses and supervised student teachers at Linfield. This year, Diane will teach EDUC 290 Content Literacy and Development in Adolescence, EDUC 430 Content Methods for Middle and High School Teachers - Language Arts and Social Studies, and EDUC 450 Teaching Social Studies.


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A. Gabriel Franco - Teaching Adjunct

Walker 317
503-883
gfranco@linfield.edu

Gabriel Franco was born in Puerto Rico. He completed his undergraduate studies in Spanish at the University of Iowa. He also studied Arabic and French at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco. Gabriel completed his graduate studies at the University of Northern Iowa where he received an M.A. in TESOL / Linguistics. His areas of interest include applied linguistics, second/foreign language acquisition, psycholinguistic and multilingualism.


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Sarri Gibson - Teaching Adjunct

Potter 220
503-883-2646
sgibson@linfield.edu

Sarri has taught preschool, kindergarten, first, and second grades, and was a Reading Intervention Teacher. Sarri has also engaged preservice teachers in a wide variety of undergraduate teacher education courses. Her expertise includes teaching reading and writing in early childhood and elementary grades and supporting English language learners. Sarri teaches EDUC 270 Becoming an Early Childhood Teacher.


Laura Tiogangco - Teaching Adjunct

Potter Hall
503-883-2238
lvicker@linfield.edu

Laura taught art at a preschool-12th grade school in Maui and taught Art at McMinnville High School and South Albany High School, and currently teaches third grade at Buel Elementary in McMinnville. In addition to teaching, Laura has a passion for soccer and track and field and coached both sports at the high school and collegiate level. Laura teaches EDUC 275 Teaching Art on Thursday evenings.


Student Teacher Supervisors

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Greg Bradstreet - Student Teacher Supervisor

Potter 111
503-883-2238
gbradstreet@linfield.edu

Greg taught middle school language arts and social studies and served as a school improvement trainer in the Central School District. He has supervised student teachers at all levels supporting them with instructional best practices, interdisciplinary teaching methods, and effective classroom management approaches.


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Catherine Carnahan - Student Teacher Supervisor

Potter Hall
503-883-2646
ccarnahan@linfield.edu

Cathy has a passion for middle schoolers and middle school teachers. She has inspired and guided teachers and future teachers to ensure the academic and social-emotional development of adolescents. She was the 2011 National Principal of the Year for Middle Level and High School. Cathy served as the principal at Duniway Middle School in the McMinnville School District for 16 years and taught Language Arts for over twenty years in Oregon and Washington.


Jennifer Kumar - Student Teacher Supervisor

Potter Hall
503-883-2238
jkumar@linfield.edu

Jenn loves to see the light in a child's eyes when they realize they can read the words on the page. Her emphasis is in early childhood and reading instruction. She taught kindergarten and first grade. Jenn will be supervising EDUC 401 Teaching Literacy I methods students who are teaching in the Linfield Pre-Kindergarten.


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Erin Moran - Student Teacher Supervisor

Potter 111
503-883-2649
ermoran@linfield.edu

Erin has taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grades, along with being a Teacher on Special Assignment mentoring elementary teachers for McMinnville School District. She has an expertise in language arts, social studies and techniques for working effectively with English language learners. Erin will be supervising student teachers pursuing their ESOL endorsements.


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Pat Pfrehm - Student Teacher Supervisor

Potter 111
503-883-2236
jpfrehm@linfield.edu

Pat taught third through sixth grades and was a speech pathologist in the Hillsboro and Beaverton School Districts. She is a life-long learner and seeks any opportunity she finds to attend conferences and workshops, read professional books, and find resources that will assist her student teachers. You'll often find Pat at a coffee shop meeting with one of her student teachers to brainstorm a unit of instruction or review a lesson plan.


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Jayne Preston - Student Teacher Supervisor

Potter 111
503-883-2236
jpreston@linfield.edu

Jayne comes to Linfield with a wide range of experiences in education. She has been a Reading Specialist, Librarian, and has taught 3rd-5th grades at the elementary level, and language arts, math, and social studies at the middle school level.


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Olga Walmisley-Santiago - Student Teacher Supervisor

Potter 110
503-883-2674
owalmisl@linfield.edu

Olga has taught Spanish, English, and Social Studies at high schools, community college, and universities throughout the United States and in Spain. She mentors student teachers to use a wide variety of teaching approaches to engage students in active learning. Olga will be supervising secondary student teachers.


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Hope Walter - Student Teacher Supervisor

Potter 110
503-883-2201
hwalter@linfield.edu

Hope’s teaching experience includes elementary, special education, middle school mathematics, and collegiate math and math education. She specializes in teaching math for elementary teachers, math methods, and supervising secondary mathematics student teachers. She has research interests in remediation of students with academic and anxiety-based struggles. Hope will be supervising mathematics student teachers during this year.


Pre-Kindergarten

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Leslie Copeland - Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Assistant Director Linfield College Pre-K

Potter 010
503-883-2268
lcopelan@linfield.edu

Leslie’s expertise is in early childhood education. She is the lead teacher for the 4-year-old classes and serves as the assistant director of the Linfield College Pre-Kindergarten. She also supervises Linfield College interns who work in the Pre-K as a part of their coursework for EDUC 270 Becoming a Childhood Teacher, EDUC 150 Foundations of Education and EDUC 040 Community Service. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Child and Family Studies from Washington State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Gonzaga University. Leslie also has her Oregon teaching license.


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Angie Gurley - Director of Linfield Pre-Kindergarten

Lead teacher of 3-year-old classes

Potter 010
503-883-2268
agurley@linfield.edu

Angie's expertise is in early childhood education and early childhood special education with experience working with children of different abilities birth through five years of age. She is the director of the Linfield Pre-Kindergarten, a NAEYC nationally accredited school, in the Education Department. She is the lead teacher for the 3-year-olds classes, and she supervises Linfield College interns who work in the Pre-Kindergarten as a part of their coursework. Angie hols an Oregon teaching license.


Emeriti Faculty

Douglas Cruikshank - Professor Emeritus

Linda Farris - Professor Emeritus

Bob McCann - Professor Emeritus

Frederic D. Ross - Professor Emeritus