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Student/Alumni Mentoring - Counselor Education

The Penn State College of Education Student/Alumni Mentoring Program with alumni from Counselor Education.

Counselor Education

Stephen Bagnato - '75 MS and ’77 Ed. D. School Psychology

Stephen is a developmental school psychologist and professor of psychology and pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh in the School of Education and School of Medicine. He also is director of the Division for Early Childhood Partnerships at the Office of Child Development. He is perhaps best known in Pennsylvania for his longitudinal studies funded by the Heinz Endowments (1997–2009) into the effectiveness of high-quality early childhood intervention programs on more than 15,000 at-risk preschoolers in more than 60 school district-community partnerships for Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning.  He was honored with the 2014 Penn State Alumni Fellow Award as well as the Excellence in Education Award in 2008 from the Penn State College of Education Alumni Society. Stephen was featured as an alumni profile in our 2012 Penn State Education magazine.

Jenna Beckwith Messman – ’08 M. Ed. Counselor Education

Jenna is the Sexual Health Program Coordinator at the University of Maryland. She coordinates sexual health education programming and service needs of the campus community; trains, supervises and instructs peer educators; provides sexual healthy consultations; and serves as an active LGBTQ advocate and ally on campus. Jenna was featured as an alumni profile in our 2015 Penn State Education magazine.

Pamela Peter – ’94 M. Ed. Counselor Education

Pam is the director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Prior to her current position, Pam served as the Assistant Director, Office of Judicial Affairs at Syracuse University. Pam previously served on the Alumni Society Board of Directors at Penn State Erie from 2000-2006, during which time she chaired several reunions, including the 10th year reunion of the class of 1992 and the All-Class Reunion in 2003. Her affiliations include ACUHO-I Southern Africa Task Force, and she was honored as part of the training delegation for the task force. Among her many awards, she received the Senior Vice-President's Award for Excellence, Diversity in 2008. Pam is a member of the Penn State College of Education Alumni Society Board.

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."

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).