Graduate Profile
Juan Enriquez '01

Juan is an eighth grade teacher and graduate of the education program.

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Faculty & Staff

Dr. King

Nancy L. King

Chair/ Assistant Professor
B.S., Millersville University
M.Ed., Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Ed.D., Widener University
Curtis 225
nlking@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S., Millersville University
M.Ed., Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Ed.D., Widener University

Courses Taught

  • Educational Philosophy and Ethics
  • Research Design and Methodology
  • Law and Policy in Education
  • Educational Psychology
  • Literacy II Field Experience II
  • Elementary Field Experience III
  • Secondary Pre-Student Teaching Field Experience

Career Highlights

Nancy L. King is an assistant professor and the chair for the department of education at Cedar Crest.

Even as a child, Nancy always wanted to become a teacher. Her parents valued education and instilled that value in her.

Nancy completed her career in public education at Muhlenberg School District, beginning as a fourth grade teacher and retiring as the Assistant Superintendent. During that time, she also served the district as a Reading Specialist, Reading Supervisor, and Federal Programs Coordinator. She also earned certification as an Elementary Principal at Lehigh University and completed the doctoral program in Reading and Language Arts at Widener University.

After earning her doctorate, Nancy returned to Widener University and completed additional coursework in the Educational Leadership program to earn her Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility.

Nancy also worked for the Pennsylvania State Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs, as a per diem Assessment Adviser and Federal Programs reviewer.

In addition to her current position as an assistant professor at Cedar Crest, Nancy has served as an adjunct professor in the education departments at Albright College, Alvernia University, and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.

Nancy also worked for Holt McDougal, the secondary education division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company, as the Language Arts and Social Studies Consultant for Pennsylvania and Maryland.

"Teaching is an Opportunity. Throughout your career, there will be many times that you will be asked to take on a special assignment, work on a collaborative project, or assume a leadership role. Consider these Opportunities that you should not pass up. You never know where these Opportunities will lead."
--Nancy L. King, Ed.D., Assistant Professor and Chair, Education

Memberships

Nancy is a member of the following organizations:

  • Association of Teacher Educators
  • Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers
  • International Reading Association
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Professors of Reading
  • Teacher Educators
  • Keystone State Reading Association
  • Tri-County Reading Council
  • Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

 

Jill Purdy

Jill E. Purdy

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Program
B.S., Elementary Education, East Stroudsburg University
M.Ed., Reading, East Stroudsburg University
Ed.D., Reading and Language Arts, Widener University
Curtis 226
jepurdy@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S., Elementary Education, East Stroudsburg University
M.Ed., Reading, East Stroudsburg University
Ed.D., Reading and Language Arts, Widener University

Courses Taught

  • Reading
  • English as a Second Language
  • Diversity in Education
  • Teaching Methods
  • Courses in literacy, mathematics, and social studies

Career Highlights

Jill Purdy is an associate professor and the director of graduate programs in the education department at Cedar Crest College.

Jill cannot remember a time when she didn't want to be a teacher, so it is no surprise to her family that she has been in the teaching field for over 15 years at the middle and elementary levels.

After receiving her bachelor's degree, Jill began teaching in fifth grade in the Easton School District. Shortly after obtaining her master's, Jill moved to a middle level teaching position at Southern Lehigh School District, where she taught English, Reading and Social Studies. Jill's next position was as a Reading Specialist at Salisbury Middle School.

Since joining the faculty at Cedar Crest, Jill has been researching the teaching of English Language Learners. She has enjoyed visiting several ESL classrooms in local school districts. Jill's current position as the graduate program director and assistant professor has allowed her to teach many different courses and occasionally supervise teachers in the field.

"I teach at Cedar Crest to inspire students to become enthusiastic and knowledgeable educators who have a passion for the profession."
--Jill Purdy, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Education

Memberships

Jill is a member of the following organizations:

  • International Reading Association
  • Keystone State Reading Association
  • Colonial Area Reading Educators
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • National Science Teachers Association

 

Deborah W. Hartman

Instructor
B.S., Elementary and Special Education, Kutztown University
M.S., Administration and Foundations/Special Education, Kansas State University
Curtis 229
dwhartma@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S., Elementary and Special Education, Kutztown University
M.S., Administration and Foundations/Special Education, Kansas State University
Supervision of Special Education, East Stroudsburg University

Courses Taught

  • Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child
  • Classroom Management
  • Classroom Management for Teaching Students with Behavioral Difficulties
  • Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings
  • Field IV Experience
  • Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Development and Intervention Approaches
  • Practicum in Special Education
  • Psycho-Educational Testing for Teachers
  • Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development of Teachers
  • Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Challenges
  • Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities
  • Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities
  • The Exceptional Child

Career Highlights

Deborah W. Hartman joined the Education Department as a full-time instructor after completing her public school experience as the Executive Director of Special Education for the Allentown School District.  During her 19 years as an administrator in a large urban district, she supervised a full continuum of services including: pre-kindergarten through 12th grade special education programs, gifted education services, Section 504 plans, alternative education, incarcerated youth programs, and specialized services including: speech, deaf/hard of hearing, blind/vision support, occupational therapy, and school psychology services.

Deborah worked in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Education serving as a state-level trainer with the Instruction Support Team initiative and the Student Assistance Programs.  She has also served as a state compliance peer monitor assessing Districts’ compliance to the implementation of state and federal regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Her background also includes the evaluation of Charter School applications and their adherence to the mandates of Charter School services.  Deborah has worked closely with legal counsel regarding student hearings and has testified, as an expert witness, in federal and state level courts.

As a teacher, Deborah has taught preschool, elementary, middle and school levels as both the regular and special education teacher.  She was an educational diagnostician and worked in conjunction with school psychologists in evaluating and designing educational services for students with disabilities.

Deborah has completed coursework at Penn State University earning her the status as a National Writing Project Fellow as well as accomplishing coursework in the Reading Instruction for Special Education (RISE) program.   She has also taken coursework in applied behavioral analysis at East Stroudsburg University and at the Eden Institute in Princeton, NJ. Deborah has provided numerous presentations on a range of topics including: assessment and data analysis, special education regulations, instructional practices, behavior management, functional behavioral analysis, budget planning, universal design for learning, transition planning, response to intervention, and the implementation of legally compliant special education services and programs.

Deborah has served as an adjunct professor at Wilkes University and Cedar Crest College and has been a guest lecturer at DeSales and Lehigh Universities.

“Teaching has been a life-long passion. The opportunity to work with professionals and teachers in training is exciting and rewarding. My goal is to prepare educators to meet the needs of all learners.”

Memberships

  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Pennsylvania Association for Elementary and Secondary School Principals
  • Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys
Joan Kern

Joan M. Kern, M.Ed., ABD

Director of Field Experience and Student Teaching
Instructor
B.S. in Early Childhood Elementary Education
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed., Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Curtis 228
jmkern@cedarcrest.edu

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Education

B.S. in Early Childhood Elementary Education
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed., Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Joan is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Alvernia University.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Graduate and Undergraduate)
  • Educational Planning
  • Field Experience I and III
  • Curriculum and Learning Experiences in Social Studies
  • Technology for Educators

Career Highlights

Joan M. Kern is an instructor in the education department at Cedar Crest College.

Joan was a stay-at-home mom and then enjoyed a career in the business world before realizing that she wanted to become a teacher. She went back to school after her children were in school full-time.

After earning her bachelor's and master's degrees, Joan taught elementary school in the Lehigh Valley area in fourth and fifth grade classrooms. In 2006, she became an instructor at Cedar Crest College.

Joan joined the Cedar Crest faculty in order to share her experience as an educator with future teachers. She enjoys watching students reach their goals, as well as gaining insights from her students' field experiences.

"It is important to do your best and make an impression on everyone you meet. Build your resume with experiences and activities that will help you move to the top of the applicant file for open positions. Your strong work ethic will be an asset to obtaining a teaching position."
--Joan M. Kern, M.Ed., Instructor, Education

Memberships

Joan is a member of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Alpha Epsilon Lambda.

 

 

Audrey Druckenmiller

Office Manager
Curtis 223
610-606-4610
amdrucken@cedarcrest.edu

Adjunct Professors

Kimberly Cole, M.Ed.
Matthew Cole, Ed.D.
Carol Corso, M.A.
Louise DeMatteo, M.Ed.
Janilyn Elias, Ed.D
Deborah Hartman, M.S.
Linda Kotran, M.Ed.
Robert Mauro, Ed.D.
Elsie Martinez-Pletz, M.Ed.
Sandra Rex, Ed.D.
Charles Ricketts, M.Ed.
Anne Regar, Ed.S
Ruth Tice, Ed.D.