Assoc Provost/Dean of Educ
Brian's primary area of expertise is the education of students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities (EBD).He serves on the Leadership and Policy Council for PBIS Maine, providing professional development in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Brian has worked primarily as a teacher of students with EBD in public schools and residential treatment centers.He has also worked as a professional development provider and behavioral consultant in Massachusetts and Maine. Brian's scholarly work has appeared in publications such as Education and Treatment of Children and Remedial and Special Education as well as national conferences such as the American Educational Research Association, the conference of the Association for Positive Behavior Supports, and the annual convention of the Council for Exceptional Children.Brian enjoys spending time with his family and watching the Celtics and Patriots win.
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.
I love to learn and am fascinated by the brain and how it learns, and in particular, how our personal experiences shape our learning, especially throughout adulthood. In addition to assisting the College of Education with its accreditation processes, I also provide accreditation and assessment support to our Office of Graduate Studies, and assist with planning and implementing special events and programs. In addition, I serve as online adjunct faculty in the Behavioral Sciences department at Granite State College. When I'm not assessing or teaching, I am most likely to be found atop my bike, either outdoors (when the weather cooperates) or indoors during the cooler weather, to stay in shape for the rest of the year. I also enjoy camping, hiking, kayaking, beach combing, swimming, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and many other outdoor activities, as well as volunteering in my community.
Dr. Beth Hatcher came to the University of Maine at Farmington in 2006 with significant experience as an early childhood professional. Her background includes early childhood program administration and development, teacher training, and mentoring. Dr. Hatcher is Division Chair of Early Childhood and Elementary. She teaches a variety of methods and field-based early childhood courses including undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Hatcher researches and publishes on the topics of kindergarten readiness and preschool routines. Dr. Hatcher is active on Maine’s Early Childhood Accountability Team and the Higher Education Committee, and is a member of the committee that is revising the Maine Early Childhood Learning Guidelines. She is a board member for the National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers. She loves living and working in Maine (even the winters) and snowshoes and hikes in the lovely forests that surround her home.