Division of Secondary Education and Community Health
Kevin Good's focus in special education has resulted in various experiences including teaching, research, advocacy, and consulting. Kevin’s primary teaching and research is on assistive technology (AT), inclusive education, teacher education, academic and behavioral instructional interventions, and best practices in instruction and technology use. His goal is to develop and mentor future teachers as they prepare to meet the needs of all learners. He is also excited to work with community members with their AT needs be it related to pk-12 education, higher education or life. As the Maine CITE Coordinator at UMF, Kevin seeks to help all individuals learn more about the roles of AT in the classroom and life. Currently, Kevin is finalizing his dissertation, which focuses on technology use for improving the writing skills of students with Emotional Behavioral Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Elizabeth Luckraft has spent much of her adult professional life in public schools as a teacher, mentor, and supervisor. She has taught students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 8 and has been a team leader at the middle school level. As a mentor teacher for UMF student teachers early on in her teaching career, Elizabeth identified being a student teaching supervisor at UMF as an ideal position for her and is in her 16th year. In this role she is able to support beginning teachers in applying their skills, buiding their confidence, and balancing priorities to learn how to manage the stresses and demands of the education profession and become a healthy, effective teacher. Elizabeth has also involved in mind-body health as a therapist for numerous years specializing in body-centered mindfulness techniques to alleviate anxiety and depression. She currently supports UMF students on a part-time basis as a clinical counselor at the UMF Health Clinic.
Kate's teaching, research, and consulting are guided by a passion for inclusive education and social justice. Her research is focused on best practices for the inclusion of secondary students with complex support needs, understanding the culture of inclusive schools, and inclusive teacher education, and has been published in journals such as Educational Leadership, Disability & Society, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, International Journal of Whole Schooling, and Rethinking Schools. Kate is a founding member of the Maine Coalition for Inclusive Education, and as a consultant and advocate, she works with administrators, teachers, and families to create inclusive schools that value diverse students. She is completing her PhD in Special Education at Syracuse University and when she isn't working, she loves to play music and spend time outdoors with her family.
Kathy Miles began her teaching career in elementary education. After teaching for eighteen years in Maine, she ventured to Europe to teach at a NATO base for the Department of Defense at The Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Belgium. As Kathy says, "This was a game changer for me professionally." She worked with children from many diverse cultures and after five amazing years in Europe, Kathy and her husband, Bruce, returned to Maine so she could begin her new teaching adventure working with student teachers at UMF. Her passion for teaching and working with preservice teachers has remained strong throughout her seventeen years at UMF, and she continues to marvel at the dedication and committment that her student teachers bring to their new professions. She is proud that UMF graduates are highly regarded and that children everywhere benefit from having a UMF-trained teacher.
Dr. Overall came to University of Maine at Farmington in January 2007 as a visiting professor and was fortunate enough to be able to stay. Prior to earning degrees in the field of educational technology, Dr. Overall was teaching with computers in her mathematics classroom at The Lamplighter School in Dallas, the first elementary school in the world to have a computer in every classroom. She also served as technology coordinator, helping other teachers successfully utilize technology in their classroom. Dr. Overall has designed workshops and customized courses in technology integration and math education for schools in Maine and across the country. In the Secondary/Middle Education program, she currently teaches the 200-level technology integration and classroom management courses and co-designed the 300-level mathematics methods course. She is also a part of UMF’s Master’s program in Educational Leadership.
Karen G. Smith is an Instuctor in the Special Education Department. She has many years of teaching experience as a Maine public school special educator at the elementary and middle levels. Her research and academic interests include special education methods, curriculum & instruction, response to intervention, and paraeducators. She is currently working toward her doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction and Special Education at the University of Maine. Karen is proud to be a member of the UMF community because of its longstanding reputation for its quality special education teacher preparation program and because Farmington is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
Dominique has been in the field of education for almost ten years. She started her career as a special education teacher in a middle school serving at-risk students in a high poverty community. She recently completed her doctorate in special education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and she specializes in high incidence disabilities, using technology for students with disabilities, and methods for teaching English Language Learners. Her dissertation study Using Mobile Technology to Increase the Math Achievement and Engagement of Students with Disabilities focused on the critical design features and implemention of mobile devices to support teacher-directed instruction. She hopes to further expand this research line to develop guidelines for using digital lessons in the core content areas for students with disabilities. Dominique is excited to be part of the UMF faculty and looks forward to enjoying the community with her family.
Clarissa Thompson teaches courses for prospective secondary and middle teachers. For all students in the Secondary Education program, she teaches a Content Literacy course. For students preparing to be English teachers, she teaches English Methods and Young Adult Literature. Her interests, both teaching and research, center on new teachers, and the process of learning to teach, as well as the transition students go through, as they travel from their college and teacher preparation experience into their first few years of teaching. She loves reading Young Adult Literature, both for work and for fun, as well as trying to make poetry a more daily and fun part of her classroom. In what little free time she has, she loves baking cakes, looking at birds, and skiing and hanging out with her children.
Grace J. Ward is an associate professor in the Secondary/Middle Education Department and the Educational Leadership Master’s Program. She worked in public education in Maine for 25 years as a mathematics teacher and administrator. Her research interests include technology integration, mathematics education, and team teaching for pre-service teachers. Dr. Ward has co-authored four papers published in the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference Proceedings. The paper “Technology Integration for Pre-Service Teachers in a Team-Taught Cohort Experience” was published in Research Highlights in Information Technology and Teacher Education 2009. By invitation, the paper was published in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. Her teaching areas include curriculum, instruction, and assessment; middle level education; philosophy and history of education; and methods for teaching mathematics.
Before joining the Secondary/Middle Education faculty at UMF, Maja Wilson taught for ten years in Michigan's public schools, and she was a lecturer in the Literacy Program at University of Maine, Orono. Her scholarly interests include writing assessment, automated essay scoring, teacher agency, the accountability movement, and the history and consequences of behaviorism in American education. She is the author of Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment (Heinemann, 2006), which won the Conference on English Education's James Britton Award in 2007. In addition, her work has been published in several edited collections and in Educational Leadership, Rethinking Schools, English Journal, Kappan, Education Week, Journal of Teaching Writing, and the Washington Post Answer Sheet. She currently teaches History and Philosophy of Education and Introduction to Secondary/Middle Education.