Dr. Overstreet’s interest in popular culture has lead her to teach several First Year Seminars focusing on the television work of Joss Whedon and the films of Joel and Ethan Coen. Her interest in young adult literature has culminated in writing two books that examine this literature—the most recent being vampire literature. Additionally, Dr. Overstreet teaches writing and teaches future teachers to teach writing.
Dr. Cathryn Wimett teaches literacy education courses for UMF's Elementary, Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education students. Before coming to Farmington in 1997, Cathy taught students in grades four through nine in Massachusetts public schools. For most of those seventeen years, she worked with students with special needs. In Chicago, Cathy taught college courses focused on teaching reading and language arts. In addition, she supervised practicum students and student teachers in the Chicago Public Schools. Cathy feels lucky to be part of UMF's teacher education programs, primarily because of her interesting, hard-working students and her inspiring, dedicated colleagues. Cathy's interests include juvenile and young adult literature, continually changing state and national trends in education, best practices in literacy education and academic advising. She is particularly grateful for her bright, red kayak.
Dr. Shannon Larsen was born and raised near Toronto, Canada. She recieved her B.A. from Middlebury College, VT. Shannon majored in Russian, and minored in both French and Elementary Education. After spending a year teaching 2nd grade in Cali, Colombia, Shannon returned to the U.S. Shannon received her Ed. M from Harvard Graduate School of Education where she studied International Education. Shannon became a 5th grade teacher in a town north of Boston and eventually became the district’s elementary mathematics coach. She also spent one year teaching 7th grade math. Shannon graduated from the University of Toronto in 2012 with a Ph.D in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning. Her dissertation focused on mathematics coaching as a form of teacher professional development. She is delighted to now be back in New England working with pre-service teachers. In her free time, Shannon loves to travel, read, and spend time with friends and family.
Dr. Carole Lee received her BSc degree with an emphasis on chemistry and biology, and became a teacher because she wanted to pursue a career that could combine her love of science with her desire to serve the community. She taught chemistry and biology in a high school for over twenty years. Prior coming to the U.S., her last job in Hong Kong was that of a High School Vice-Principal. Carole was awarded the Outstanding Doctorate Student and Outstanding International Culture Team New Member by the University of Arkansas. Carole now teaches students in Elementary Education how to teach science in K-8 classrooms. She enjoys meeting people and being very involved in community work. She teaches origami, mahjong and an Energy Literacy Program in the UMF Gold Leaf Institute for senior citizens. Her interests include square dancing, quilting, playing tennis, ping pong, pickle ball and swimming.
Dr. Char Moffit came to UMF from Las Vegas were she taught in the public schools. She taught in Kindergarten and first grade and later became a Literacy Specialist. She completed her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy 2013. Her research interests include utilizing curriculum integration of science and literacy to increase student engagement and motivation in young children. She currently teaches ECH 201 Language Development, Early Literacy and Chlldren's Literature, and EDU 333 Reading. Language Arts, and Children's Literature in Grades K-3. In her free time, she likes to travel, ski, hike, and kayak.
Dr. Christopher Strople teaches social studies methods and diversity courses. He taught elementary school in southern California for over ten years before transitioning into higher education. Prior to joining UMF he taught at the university level for several years while working to complete his doctoral program. His research interests include social justice, curriculum theory and art/aesthetic education. Chris enjoys art, traveling, and spending time outdoors.
Deborah Baker is committed to helping future educators acquire the skills they need to plan meaningful lessons, differentiate instruction, assess students' learning, manage the classroom, and work collaboratively with school communities. Teaching, learning, and leading experiences in Maine and California as a teacher, principal, student teacher supervisor, and ASCD leader helps her connect educators to powerful resources. Student teaching is a field experience that provides future educators the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in schools. It requires the collaboration of student teachers, mentor teachers, principals, and student teacher supervisors. Student teachers build relationships, reflect on decisions, receive specific feedback, and demonstrate professionalism. For almost ten years, UMF student teachers have received Deborah's support to become caring, confident, and competent educators.
After thirty-four years of working in public education as a teacher, principal, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent of Schools in Auburn, Maine, Barbara Eretzian decided to move to the post secondary level where she could have an impact on students entering the teaching profession. The University of Maine at Farmington is the perfect fit. Having spent so many years working in the public school setting, she is aware of how important it is to place our students with the best teachers. UMF is known to produce excellent teachers, ones that have been successful in schools throughout Maine, the nation and abroad. Barbars's work with both practicum and student teaching has allowed her to stay in contact with schools and teachers, helping prospective teachers look at their practice and develop strong skills to use in the classroom. Her work with the graduate program has allowed her to promote leadership throughout our schools.