Professional Development

College of Education Professional Development

Faculty members of the College of Education come to the university from rich and diverse backgrounds. They have personal experience working with students from pre-kindergarten to adult education. Their real-world experience ultimately helps UCCS students become effective teachers, school administrators and counselors. We welcome opportunities to work with you and your school district!

Faculty with the College of Education can assist you in your professional development by teaching skills and knowledge to help you for both personal development and career advancement. Our professional development encompasses all types of facilitated learning opportunities, ranging from formal coursework, conferences and informal learning opportunities sited in practice. We offer a variety of approaches to professional development, including consultation, coaching, community outreach, lesson study, mentoring, reflective supervision.

Name and Department Counseling and Human Services
David Fenell portrait
David Fenell, Ph.D.
Military families and concerns
Leann Morgan portrait
Leann Morgan, Ph.D.
Career counseling with students of poverty
K-12 career development
Collaboration among school professionals
Introducing a brief problem-solving model
School counselor supervision and mentoring
Group counseling in K-12 schools

"I have experience in providing continuing education opportunities
K-12 school districts, school counseling programs and have consulting
experiences as well."
Rhonda Williams portrait
Rhonda Williams, Ph.D.
Adolescent programs for girls/boys
Body image
School counseling
Parenting issues
Experimental education (ropes course)
Social and Cultural


Name and Department Teaching and Learning
Linda Button portrait
Linda Button, Ed.D.
Teaching and Learning
Handwriting Instruction
Using teacher candidates to support student achievement
Tim Callahan portrait
Tim Callahan, M.A.
Teaching and Learning
Classroom management
Early teacher mentoring (elementary)
Elementary principal and leadership
Beth Cutter portrait
Beth Cutter, M.A.
Teaching and Learning
Reading/Writing in the content areas
Stephanie Dewing portrait
Stephanie Dewing, Ph.D.
Teaching and Learning
Strategies for working with English Language learners
Spanish for educators

"I would be happy to provide condensed Spanish Language instruction
for teachers who work with kids or that speak spanish."
Barbara Frye portrait
Barbara Frye, Ph.D.
Teaching and Learning
Reading at elementary levels
Writing instructing in elementary school
Children's literature (current and related to specific content areas)
Literature around Culturally Responsive Teaching
Bobby Gagnon portrait
Bobby Gagnon
Senior Instructor/Master Teacher
Teaching and Learning
Inquiry methods
Project based instruction
Space Science
Leslie Grant portrait
Leslie Grant, Ph.D.
Teaching and Learning
English as a Second Language
Culturally Responsive teaching
Sheltered Instruction Research Protocol
Pat McGuire portrait
Pat McGuire, Ph.D.
Teaching and Learning
Early Childhood Education Math/Science
Educational Technology K-12
Class Model K-12
Monica Yoo portrait
Monica Yoo, Ph.D.
Teaching and Learning
Secondary Literacy and new teacher mentorship


Name and Department Leadership, Research, and Foundations
Sylvia Mendez portrait
Sylvia Mendez, Ph.D.
Leadership, Research and Foundations
Latino Parents and students building relationships
So what is college?
Dallas Strawn portrait
Dallas Strawn, Ph.D.
Leadership, Research and Foundations
Superintendent school board relations
Conflict management
Stress management
Myers-Brigg personality type


Name and Department Special Education

Christi Kasa portrait
Christi Kasa, Ph.D.
Special Education

Inclusive schooling access to academics for students with significant disabilities
Access to meaningful communication
Christi is currently conducting a qualitative research project funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services titled: The Early Childhood Literate Community: Supporting Citizenship for Young Children with Significant Disabilities

Laura Marshall portrait
Laura Marshall, M.A.
Special Education
Training workshops and presentations on self-determination and transition
Assist teachers in establishing transition programs for students with high and low incidence disabilities
Coordinates the Teacher Cadet UCCS Alliance. The purpose of the project is to encourage outstanding students to enter and complete the undergraduate teacher education and special education programs at UCCS and to return to area schools to teach.