OUR TEAM

Rodrick S. Lucero, PhD

President/CEO

Dr. Lucero began his award-winning career as a high school teacher, coach, and administrator in several school districts in Colorado which ignited a passion for the effective teacher preparation as a lever for continuous improvement in every school, with Clinical Practice as the fulcrum. He moved to Colorado State University as a professor and university administrator with this passion leading to the development of core values that strongly informed his instruction, his speaking engagements, and his national voice. Most recently, Rod served as Vice President of AACTE in Washington D.C., where, among many things, he was honored to lead of The Clinical Practice Commission Report entitled, "A Pivot Toward Clinical Practice, its Lexicon, and the Renewal of Educator Preparation" (Jan, 2018). Rod has taken these experiences and has applied them in the development of the National Center for Clinical Practice in Educator Preparation (NCCPEP) where he serves as Co-Founder, President/CEO. His entire portfolio of work is representative of his passion for bringing PK-12 contexts and higher education together as one profession, a profession that "owns" the educational space in the United States, asserts its expertise, and works with all constituents to ensure high quality pedagogical practices are being implemented. Practices which empower teacher candidates to apply deep learning experiences bound by content, pedagogy, and engagement for every PK-12 student with whom they work. Clinical practice frames the complex nature of effective instruction and is the lens that guides Rod’s passion for educational excellence and his vehement advocacy for the educational enterprise.

Amanda Lester

Vice President/COO

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Karmen Kelley

CFO

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Seth A. Parsons, PhD

Director

Seth A. Parsons, PhD is an associate professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University (VA), where he teaches courses in the Elementary Education, Literacy, and Research Methods program areas and facilitates a school-university partnership. His award-winning research focuses on teacher education and development, teacher instructional adaptations, and student motivation and engagement. He has published his research in Review of Educational Research, Teaching and Teacher Education, The Journal of Educational Research, Elementary School Journal, Journal of Literacy Research, and other outlets. Seth is co-editor of School-University Partnerships, the journal of the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS). He is currently president-elect of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER). 

René Roselle, PhD

Director

René Roselle is the Director of Teacher Preparation at Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education as well as an Associate Professor.  Prior to Sacred Heart University, René served in a variety of roles at the University of Connecticut, including the Interim Director of Teacher Education, Associate Director of Teacher Education, and Professional Development Schools Coordinator.  The work that brings her the most joy is teaching and working in partnership with schools to build strong clinical experiences for teacher candidates.

Roselle earned a Ph.D. in Special Education, a Master’s degree in Special Education and a Bachelors degree in Communication Disorders, all from the University of Connecticut. She also completed her Administration certification from Sacred Heart University. René was a high school special education teacher before returning to higher education.    
 

Audra Parker, PhD

Director

Audra Parker is a Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University and serves as Academic Program Coordinator in Elementary Education. Clinical practice is at the core of her work as a program coordinator, teacher educator, and scholar.  In addition to co-facilitating the partnership between the Elementary Education program and its network of 28 partnership sites, Dr. Parker engages in a variety clinically innovative approaches including site-based course instruction and advanced mentor training.  She collaborates with school-based teacher educators and supervises interns at Garfield Elementary School in Fairfax County Public Schools, a Collaborative Inquiry  Professional Development School (PDS) site and teaches courses in curriculum, instruction, management, differentiation, and teacher education.

Her current research projects, collaborative efforts with colleagues, school-based teacher educators, and teacher candidates, explore innovations in clinical teacher preparation, elementary teacher education, and departmentalized/self-contained practices in elementary schools. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Parker taught students in grades 4-7 in both Virginia and Georgia and has received outstanding teaching awards at every stage of her career (P-12, graduate school, and faculty). Dr. Parker engages with national teacher education organizations including AACTE (Clinical Practice Commission), ATE (Clinical Fellow, Mentor Teacher Preparation Task Force) and NAPDS (former conference chair, conference committee member, and editorial advisory board of School University Partnerships).

Kristien Zenkov, PhD

Director

Kristien Zenkov is a Professor of Education and coordinates the Secondary Education (SEED) program at George Mason University (GMU). He is the author and editor of more than one hundred fifty articles and book chapters and seven books, focusing on teacher education, literacy pedagogy and curricula, social justice education, school-university partnerships, and Professional Development Schools. Dr. Zenkov is a long-time boundary-spanning educator and school-university partnership facilitator. He currently collaborates as a co-teacher at TC Williams High School (of “Remember the Titans” fame!) in Alexandria, Virginia and regularly conducts project-based clinical experiences with youths and preservice and in-service teachers in schools throughout Northern Virginia. He co-directs “Through Students' Eyes,” a Youth Participatory Action Research and photovoice project through which young people document with photographs and writings what they believe about citizenship, justice, school, and literacy. He is currently the Treasurer of the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) and served for ten years as the Senior Editor of its journals—PDS Partners and School-University Partnerships.

Chris Jochum, PhD

Director

Dr. Christopher Jochum currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS), where is responsible for the leadership of a teacher preparation program that consists of approximately 1300 students, who complete their program on-campus or virtually. Accordingly, Dr. Jochum and his colleagues have the unique perspective of implementing clinical practice experiences in rural and urban settings throughout the United States and abroad.

Michael Alfano, PhD

Director

Michael P. Alfano is Dean of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. He comes from the role of Dean, School of Education and Professional Studies, at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in New Britain. Highlights from Mike’s time at CCSU  include efforts to establish the CCSU Center of Excellence in Social and Emotional Learning and the CCSU Teacher Leadership Fellowship Program.  He was instrumental in developing numerous undergraduate and graduate programs at CCSU, including Central’s first international doctoral program in educational leadership. He formerly served as professor and chair of the Department of Special Education and Reading at Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to that, he served, first, as director of the Graduate Teacher Preparation Program and, then, as executive director of Teacher Preparation Programs in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.  Mike served on the AACTE’s Clinical Practice Commission and on the AACTE’s Clinical Practice Taskforce on Special Education.  Mike has published widely in the fields of teacher preparation, reading and special education.

Donna Cooner, PhD

Director

A former teacher and school administrator, Dr. Donna Cooner currently serves as a professor of education at Colorado State University. She teaches and advises in the principal preparation Master of Education program and supervises doctoral students in educational leadership. Prior to her full time return to School of Education faculty in 2015, Dr. Cooner was the director of the teacher preparation program at Colorado State University for nine years. During her administrative career in educator preparation, Dr. Cooner served as a national Commissioner for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and as an invited panelist for the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Her research agenda is focused on teacher and principal preparation for PK-12 schools.

In addition to her research, Dr. Cooner is also the author of over twenty picture books and has also written children's television shows for PBS. Donna’s debut novel, SKINNY, was named an ALA's Best Young Adult Fiction Award, BEA's Young Adult Buzz Book, and a Bankstreet College's Best Children's Book of the Year. Her book, CAN'T LOOK AWAY, was a Teen Choice Nominee and an ALA Top Pick for Reluctant Readers. The Texas Library Association selected Donna as a 2017 Spirit of Texas High School Featured Author (CAN’T LOOK AWAY) and as a 2014 Spirit of Texas High School Featured Author (SKINNY). Her books have been translated into French, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian and Finnish.

Debbie Reed, Ed.D

Director

Debbie Reed, Ed.D is an Associate Instructor/Faculty in Residence in the Exceptional, Deaf, and Interpreter Education department at the University of North Florida. She teaches several courses each semester at Lake Shore Middle, one of the College of Education’s professional development schools in partnership with Duval County Schools. This offers teacher candidates opportunities to gain real-life experience in middle school classrooms where they learn how to teach and work with students with all abilities. Dr. Reed is very passionate about her clinical practice work and a strong advocate for inclusion, diversity and acceptance.

 

Dr. Reed was recently awarded the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Over the past several years, she has partnered with the Center for Community-Based Learning as a Community Scholar, Community Engagement Council member and as a STEM Fellow.  Dr. Reed is committed to community-based learning because of the impact it has on teacher candidates. Her research agenda includes a focus on service learning in professional development schools, civic engagement within the context of teaching students with disabilities, and mental health in educational contexts.

 

Dr. Reed is also a licensed registered mental health counselor intern and has a private practice where she specializes in trauma, anxiety and depression.

Derek Decker, PhD

Director

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Jen Roth, PhD

Director

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Thomas C. Myers, PhD

Director

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