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Student/Alumni Mentoring - Elementary and Early Childhood Education (ECEE)

Alumni participating in the student alumni mentoring program with an emphasis on Elementary and Early Childhood Education.

Childhood and Early Adolescent Education or Elementary Education

Kimberlee Kiehl - '90 Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction

Kim is the Project Director, Museum of Ohio, Ohio History Connection. Previously she was the executive director of the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center where she directed a three school early childhood education program that used the Smithsonian Museums as a backdrop for learning. Kim was featured as an alumni profile in our 2013 Penn State Education magazine.


Steven Lin - '05 BS Elementary Education

Steven is the principal at the Fishburn Park Elementary School in the Roanoke City Public Schools. His responsibilities include staff management (recruitment, hiring, development, and evaluation), program development, logistical assistance, stakeholder communications, policy enforcement, promotion of educational guidelines, and curriculum support. He also taught fifth grade for eight years at E.W. Chittum Elementary School in VA. Steven was featured as an alumni profile in our 2013 Penn State Education magazine.


Erin Marsh – ’05 BS Elementary Education

Erin is the Math Coach at Pierre Indian Learning Center in Pierre, S.D. She has dedicated the past 10 years to refining learning experiences that inspire children who have grown up in poverty to reach high levels of achievement in mathematics. She was honored with the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and received the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award from Penn State. Erin was featured as an alumni profile in our 2014 Penn State Education magazine.


Gail Romig – ’01 BS Elementary Education

Gail is a third grade teacher at Easterly Parkway Elementary School in the State College Area School District.  She participated in the Professional Development School (PDS) at Penn State. She was honored with the 2010 Presidential Teaching Award and received the Outstanding New Graduate Award in 2004 from the Penn State College of Education Alumni Society. Gail was featured as an alumni profile in our 2012 Penn State Education magazine.


Lisa Talley – ’06 BS Elementary Education

Lisa has spent the majority of her career making a difference in communities in Tanzania, especially for Morogo International School and St. Constantine International School. Inside the classroom, her critical contributions to creating engaging lesson plans have brought to her students key lessons in writing, communications and the arts. She was honored with the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014 from the Penn State College of Education Alumni Society. Lisa was featured as an alumni profile in our 2015 Penn State Education magazine.


Christy Clapper –  PhD Educational Leadership; M.Ed. School Counseling K-12; BS Elementary Education; principal certification

Christy has experience as an elementary teacher, school counselor (K-12), and e-Learning coordinator, but she has spent most of her career as a school counselor. She believes that "being an astute observer of student needs and planner of the environment is essential to student success."


Cathy Tomon – BS Elementary Education; MSA in Administration and Supervision; ED.D Doctor of Education

Cathy is the principal of Beaufort Middle School in Eastern North Carolina. She is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Middle School Association, sits on the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform, and is the director of the North Carolina State Schools To Watch program. 


Tonya DeVecchis-Kerr -- '79 BS Elementary Education; '92 M.Ed Counselor Education

Tonya has a wide variety of experience in the field of education. She has been an elementary school teacher, elementary counselor, middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, director of special education, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Her particular areas of expertise are in differentiated instruction, co-teaching, inclusion, anti-bullying, mandated reporting, special education, and the Standards Aligned System (SAS). 



Dr. Joseph Clapper -- BS Elementary Education/Secondary English Ed; M.Ed. Elementary and Secondary Principal; D.Ed. Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Clapper has experience as an elementary school teacher, secondary English teacher, elementary and secondary principal, and superintendent. He is currently serving as Assistant Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Principal's Association. His areas of expertise include classroom teaching and teacher supervision/evaluation. 

Tracy Hinish -- BS Elementary Education; M.Ed. Administration; D.Ed. Educational Leadership and Administration

In her career, Tracy has been an elementary school teacher, elementary principal, education consultant, director for curriculum, and assistant executive director of an Intermediate Unit. She has also chaired several state conference committees and has been a member of the executive boards of both the PA School Study Council and PASA Women's Caucus. Her particular areas of expertise include curriculum, professional development, and supervision.