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School of Adult and Graduate Education

Faculty & Staff

Jill E. Purdy

Chair, Education
B.S., Elementary Education, East Stroudsburg University
M.Ed., Reading, East Stroudsburg University
Ed.D., Reading and Language Arts, Widener University
Curtis 226

Career Highlights

Jill Purdy is a professor and the chair of the education department at Cedar Crest College.

Since joining the faculty at Cedar Crest in 2005, Jill researched and presented on topics in the teaching of English Language Learners, effective online teaching and mindfulness in the classroom. She teaches many courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels on reading instruction and instructional pedagogy. Jill also works with the teachers seeking the English as a Second Language and Reading Specialist certifications. Previously, Jill was the director of the graduate program, and has served as the Chair of the department for over 5 years.

Jill taught for over 15 years in public education at the elementary and middle school levels.  She also served as a reading specialist in local school districts. 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.

"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., Professor/Department Chair, Education


Jill is a member of the following organizations:

  • International Reading Association
  • Keystone State Reading Association
  • Colonial Area Reading Educators


Melissa Kamyab

Assistant Professor
Director of Graduate Program
B.S., Elementary Education, Psychology, Moravian College
M.Ed., Reading, Lehigh University
Ed.D., Foundations of Education, Lehigh University
Curtis 228

Dr. Melissa Kamyab earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Moravian College, as well as both her master's degree in Reading and Doctor of Education from Lehigh University. She has worked at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels and has served as a college adjunct at Lehigh University. She holds a Reading Specialist Certificate, as well as Elementary and Secondary Principal Certifications, and the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility. Presently, Dr. Kamyab teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in educational research, literacy teaching and learning, early childhood and secondary methods, and planning for agency and understanding, while also serving as the Director of the Graduate Program for the Department. In addition, she has served as the past faculty mentor to the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society on campus.

Dr. Kamyab is a literacy advocate; an avid reader herself, and a dedicated supporter of the public library. She has organized and participated in both One Book, One School as well as One Book, One City and World Book Night events.

Dr. Kamyab was the 2021 recipient of The Celebrate Literacy Award from The Keystone State Literacy Association of Central Pennsylvania in recognition of her accomplishments to advance and promote literacy with preservice and practicing educators as well as through community outreach initiatives. The award highlighted the Education Department’s #WeRead360 Children and Young Adult Book Collection established in partnership with Cressman Library and Initially funded by a grant awarded to her through Cedar Crest College’s Inclusion and Diversity in Education Center.

"Our goal as educators is to foster a culture of learning and growth to promote agency, equity, and understanding for our students."


Ivonne Miranda

Assistant Professor
A.S., Hostos Community College B.S., Herbert H. Lehman College
M.Ed., Walden University
Ph.D., Walden University
Curtis 225

Career Highlights

Dr. Miranda has taught 21 years in urban schools in the Bronx and Allentown, of which has helped her gain a broad range of experience in working with ESL students. In her career, Dr. Miranda has provided workshops and professional learning communities in writing and STEM. She has been involved in several STEM funded projects that has provided learning opportunities for students of minority backgrounds.

Courses Taught

  • Educational psychology
  • Foundations of American Education
  • Teaching Methods in content areas
  • Courses in literacy, science, arts, and social studies
  • Student teacher practicum

Research Interest

Her research interests include: influences of early exposure of STEM; effects of teaching persona on pre-service teachers; the impact of culturally diverse writing has on student learning.


Keystone State Reading Association
International Literacy Association
Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society


“Be passionate about learning and be an innovative teacher. Use your interest to motivate students and create engaging lessons. Get involved with schools and their community, and it will help you grow and become the teacher you envision to be.”


Sarah Fields

Education Department Office Manager
Coordinator of Field & Student Teaching Experience
Curtis Hall 223
Ext. 4610

Adjunct Professors

Julie Borden
B.S. Special Education; Elementary Education Concentration, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
M.Ed. Reading, Kutztown University

Marjorie Evans
B.S. Elementary Education, Bloomsburg University
M.S. Educational Leadership, Wilkes University

Kenza Glass
B.A. Anthropology/Archaeology, Franklin Pierce University
M.S. Ed. TESOL Program, University of Pennsylvania

Alyssa Godown
B.S. Elementary Education with Special Education Certification, Lebanon Valley College
M.Ed. Art of Teaching with Reading Specialist Certification, Cedar Crest College

Deborah Hartman
B.S. Special Education and Elementary Education, Kutztown University
M.S. Special Education, Kansas State University

Donna Hibshman
B.S. Certification in Mentally/Physically Handicapped, Bloomsburg University
M.Ed. Certifications in K-8 General Education; Reading Education, Lehigh University

Michelle Johnston
B.S. Computer Science, Kutztown University 
M.Ed. Elementary Education, DeSales University
M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Lehigh University

Elsie Martinez-Pletz
B.S. Elementary Education, Kutztown University
M.Ed. Lehigh University

Michael Post
B.S. Education with Biology Concentration, Millersville University
M.Ed. Art of Teaching, Cedar Crest College

Alison Reina
B.S. Elementary Education, University of Scranton
M.S. Reading Education, University of Scranton

Kelly Rosario
B.S. Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, Bloomsburg University
M.S. Educational Leadership; K-12 Principal Certification, Wilkes University