New Faculty/Staff 2014-2015

Welcome our 2014-2015 new faculty and staff!

Educational Leadership

Sharon Gooding

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Sharon Gooding
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office:  COE 209-J
Phone:  928-523-5706
Email:  Sharon.Gooding@nau.edu

Sharon F. Gooding is a former teacher and education attorney from Maryland. She has a Masters in Education and a Juris Doctorate degree. Ms. Gooding has practiced education law for over 10 years and represented both families as well as a large urban school system. She also has a deep interest in conflict resolution and mediation in schools, diversity and equity issues, international education policy as well as transformative education practices. Ms. Gooding looks forward to collaborating with colleagues at COE.

Sharon Falor

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Sharon Falor
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office:  COE 214
Phone:  928-523-0705
Email:  sharon.welsh-falor@nau.edu

My experience in education spans middle school, high school, community college, 4 year college, and university level work with opportunities in coaching and teaching at all levels.  Recently, I retired from Flagstaff High School where I worked since 1999.  During my tenure at Flagstaff High School, I coached four state championships in cross country, taught Advanced Placement English Language, was athletic director, and for the past 12 years worked in Curriculum and Instruction as an Assistant Principal.  This year, the Arizona School Counselor's Association, selected me as the Administrator of the Year.  I look forward to this opportunity to work in educational leadership to help inspire, mentor, and encourage students to affect change by becoming vibrant teachers.

Educational Psychology

Michael Woodward

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Michael Woodward
Instructor
Office: COE 207-C
Phone: 928-523-7640
Email:  Michael.L.Woodward@nau.edu

I am originally from Burnsville, Minnesota and completed my Bachelor's of Science degree in secondary education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2012. My wife and I then spent a year in Shanghai, China where I taught 1st and 4th grade at a large international school. I am currently completing my Ed.S. Degree in school psychology and will finish in May of 2016. I will be teaching EPS 324 and 325 this fall for the teacher education program. I have been married for two years and my wife Laura is completing her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology here at NAU.

Alani Rabaino

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Alani Rabaino
Instructor
Office: COE 207-C
Phone: 928-523-
Email: Alani.Rabaino@nau.edu

Alani Rabaino is in her final year of the Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Arizona State University and a M.A. in Clinical Mental Healthy Counseling from the University of San Diego. Alani is an active member of NAU’s Beta Alpha Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, a national counseling organization, where she served as Chapter President during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Sara Abercrombie

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Sara Abercrombie
Assistant Professor
Office: COE 206-M
Phone: 928-523-
Email: Sara.Abercrombie@nau.edu

Sara earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of New Mexico in 2011, and worked for three years as an Assistant Professor in the School of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her research focuses on the relationship between situational interest and learning with a particular emphasis on learning from non-expository texts such as cases, stories, and other narrative forms of text. Her personal interests include hiking, reading, cooking, and making pottery.  She is very excited to be joining the faculty of the Educational Psychology Department at NAU and the community of Flagstaff.

Lisa Forbes

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Lisa Forbes
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office:
Phone: 602-776-4632
Email: Lisa.Forbes@nau.edu

Lisa Forbes, MA, LAC - First year Assistant Clinical Professor at NAU in the Educational Psychology program at the North Valley campus.  I am a doctoral candidate earning my degree in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Northern Colorado.  I am in the final stages of my dissertation titled: Clarifying the Definitional Boundaries and Essential Descriptors of Counselor Impairment: A Delphi Study.  I also currently counsel at an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Phoenix as a PRN Mental Health Therapist.  

Kendra Surmitis

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Kendra Surmitis
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office:
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Email:  Kendra.Surmitis@nau.edu

Kendra A. Surmitis, Ph.D., has recently joined Northern Arizona University as an Assistant Professor of Counseling in the Department of Educational Psychology. She is a recent graduate of the College of William & Mary, where she earned her doctoral degree in Counselor Education. Previously, she earned her B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Xavier University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Surmitis has worked in various university and community mental health agencies, providing clinical services in response to a variety of presenting issues including women’s issues, grief, self-injury, mood disorders, and trauma. Her personal and professional passions include aviation, yoga, and holistic wellness.

Educational Specialties

Elizabeth Moore (Becky)

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Elizabeth Moore (Becky)
Associate Professor of Practice
Office:  COE 209-L
Phone:  928-523-0354
Email:  Becky.Moore@nau.edu

Becky Moore earned her PhD at the University of New Mexico and taught at New Mexico State University for 2 years before coming to Northern AZ University to teach Educational Technology from 1997 t0 2007. She returns to the College of Education to again teach full time for Educational Technology as an Associate Professor of Practice.

Claudia Rodas

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Claudia Rodas
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office:
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Email:  Claudia.Rodas@nau.edu

Claudia Rodas is a doctoral student at Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Special Education with an emphasis in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students. She holds an undergraduate degree from Grand Canyon University in Elementary and Special Education with an emphasis on Learning Disabilities. Her M.Ed. is in Educational Technology from NAU. She has been a classroom teacher for fourteen years in Phoenix and Yuma, Arizona.

Anthony (Tony) Osborn

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Anthony (Tony) Osborn
Assistant Clinical Professor
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Email:  Anthony.Osborn@nau.edu

Tony Osborn earned his Ph.D at the University of Texas, Austin in Special Education Administration. He also has Masters Degrees in Special Education, Public Administration, and Counseling. He recently retired from public education as a special education administrator in Texas to accept a position as the lead faculty for the Dual Certification program in Special and Elementary Education for the Tucson and Signal Peak Extended Campuses.

Teaching and Learning

Martha Munoz

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Martha Munoz
Assistant Professor
Office:  COE 207-I
Phone:  928-523-0354
Email:  Martha.Munoz@nau.edu

Martha Muñoz earned her Ph.D.  in educational leadership from The University of Texas at Austin.  She holds both a masters and bachelor degrees from Arizona State University in Elementary Education with an emphasis in early childhood education.   Dr. Muñoz brings over twenty-five years of experience in education that includes teaching preschool, Head Start, and kindergarten.  As a manager and administrator she directed an accredited campus laboratory school and was a college dean.

Dr. Muñoz is active in numerous state and national initiatives that support families and children.  She is a long time advocate for quality early care and education.  She is President-Elect of the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children and sits on the Arizona Early Childhood Professional Development Workgroup.  Her interests include supporting leader development in early childhood, adult learners, and teacher preparation.

Sung Ok Park (Reina)

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Sung Ok Park (Reina)
Assistant Clinical Professor
Office:  COE 207-M
Phone: 
Email:  Sung-Ok.Park@nau.edu

Reina has had a lifelong interest in learning from people from diverse cultures. Her international experiences include working with young children and families in the Philippines, India, Korea, and a highly diverse preschool in Buffalo, NY.  Dr. Park recently completed her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education at the University at Buffalo. Her primary research foci include teacher education, education for diversity and global advocacy for children.

Sara DePinte

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Sara DePinte
Assistant Clinical Professor, Early Childhood
Office:  COE 132
Phone: 
Email:  Sara.Depinte@nau.edu

Hello everyone.  My name is Sara DePinte and I live in Flagstaff with my wonderful husband and two cats. I have been in the field of early childhood education for fourteen years, with most of that time spent in the classroom.  I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri and my master's degree from NAU. My hobbies include traveling, backpacking, kayaking, cooking, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Laura Blocher

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Laura Blocher
Assistant Clinical Professor, Elem. Ed.
Office:  COE 209-M
Phone: 
Email:  Laura.Blocher@nau.edu

I've returned to NAU, after a three year hiatus of working at Payson High School in Payson, AZ. Previous to PHS, I worked for Teaching and Learning instructing students in both the elementary and secondary programs. This will be my 25th year as an educator. My family has lived in Flagstaff since 1999 when my husband, Michael, joined the COE faculty. I have 1.5 grandchildren, 2 sons, 1 husbaLaura Blochernd, and 1 gigantic dog. Originally, I'm from Boulder, CO, and even though it's pretty 'trendy' right now, I still have a deep fondness for Boulder; that's why I obtained both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Colorado.

Marsha Thompson

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Marsha Thompson
Assistant Clinical Professor, Elem. Ed. Waiver
Office:  COE 209-C
Phone: 
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Marsha Thompson is an assistant clinical professor in Teaching and Learning.  She and received her Bachelors of Education from the University of New Mexico in 1980 her Masters of Education with an emphasis in special education from the University of Washington in 1983.  She achieved her National Boards in 2008.  She recently retired from Mountain School where she spent 17 happy years working with 3rd-5th graders.

Stacia Emerson

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Stacia Emerson 
Assistant Clinical Professor
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Stacia and her husband recently moved to Phoenix from Ft. Worth, Tx. Stacia holds a PhD in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Texas and has worked in that field in various roles over the past 20 years. Some of her favorite pastimes are traveling with her family, gardening, running, and crafting.