Trinka Messenheimer, Ed.D.

Position: Director and Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7395
Email: trinka@bgsu.edu
Address: 411 Education

Ed.D. University of Cincinnati
M.Ed. Kent State University
B.S. Kent State University

Research Interests
Literacy, Writing, Literacy Histories/Identities

Courses Taught
Undergraduate: EDIS 4120, 4310, 4360, 4640, 4650

Graduate: EDIS 5120


Mark Seals, Ph.D.

Position: School Director
Phone: 419-372-7622
Email: mseals@bgsu.edu
Address: 529 Education Building



Kristi Borcherdt, M.Ed.

Position: Instructor
Phone: 419-372-7280
Email: kborche@bgsu.edu
Address: 422 Education

M.Ed. from University of Toledo
B.S. from Bowling Green State University

Professional Memberships and/or Licenses
Council for Exceptional Children


Kim Christensen, M.Ed.

Position: Program Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-7299
Email: kchris@bgsu.edu
Address: 403 Education

B.S. Bowling Green State University
M.Ed. Bowling Green State University

Research Interests
Assessment & Program Planning for Young children with Multiple, Intensive Disabilities, Birth to Three Programs, Advocacy & Partnering with Families
Children with Dual Sensory Impairment Communication and Assistive Technology for Children with Multiple, Intensive Disabilities

Courses Taught
Undergraduate: Young Children with Disabilities: Risk Factors & Disabilities; Implementing Inclusive Environments; Consultation & Collaboration

Graduate: Disability and Risk Factors in Young Children; Technology for Infants/Toddlers/Young Children with Special Needs; Assessment & Intervention Strategies for Infants/Toddlers and Young Children (course & practicum); Nonverbal Communication Strategies and Interventions with Young Children; Direct Service to Infants and Toddlers with Special Needs – Practicum; Direct Service to Primary Children with Special Needs - Practicum



Stacey Dudley, M.A.

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-9954
Email: sdudley@bgsu.edu
Address: 541 Education


M.Ed., Bowling Green State University, Curriculum and Instruction; focus on Literacy
B.S., Bowling Green State University, Elementary Education (K-8)

Areas of Expertise

Reading and Writing for Early Childhood Educators and General Teaching Pedagogy.

Teaching at BGSU

Stacey Dudley has been a School of Teaching and Learning faculty member since 1997.

  • Early Childhood Literacy
  • Early Childhood Language Arts Methods
  • Early Childhood Student Teaching Seminar

Debra Gallagher, Ed.D.

Position: Instructor
Phone: 419-372-9110
Email: dgallag@bgsu.edu
Address: 523 Education


M.Ed., University of Toledo
B.S., University of Toledo

Areas of Expertise

Professional Development and Online Professional Development

Teaching at BGSU

  • Teaching Young Children II: Kindergarten-Grade 3
  • Early Childhood Mathematics Methods
  • Early Childhood Science Methods
  • Middle Childhood Mathematics Methods
  • Investigations in Mathematics
  • Middle Childhood Science Methods

Allison Goedde, Ed.D.

Position: Lecturer; Program Coordinator, Classroom Technology Master’s Degree
Phone: 419-372-7394
Email: agoedde@bgsu.edu
Address: 562 Education Building


Ed.D., Bowling Green State University, Educational Administration & Supervision, 2006
M.A., University of Findlay, Educational Technology, 1997
B.A., University of Toledo, Adapted Physical Education & Exercise Science, 1990

Areas of Expertise

Integration of educational technology in the active learning environment. Also an expert in the field of online and blended learning professional development for educators. Research interests include perceptions of active and blended learning environments to facilitate higher order thinking skills in students K-16.

Teaching at BGSU

Allison Goedde has been a School of Teaching and Learning faculty member since 2004.

Undergraduate Courses:

  • Middle Childhood Technology Methods
  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • Intervention Early Childhood Assistive Technology

Graduate Courses:

  • Technology in the 21st Century
  • Internet in the Education Community
  • E-Learning
  • Technology Leadership & Professional Development

Lisa Handyside, PH.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7286
Email: dmlisa@bgsu.edu
Address: 426 Education Building

Ph.D. Michigan State University
M.A. Kent State University
B.A. Cleveland State University

Research Interests
Literacy instruction for deaf students, reading comprehension, and vocabulary instruction

Courses Taught
Curriculum Design for Students who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing; Speech Production, Instruction, and Speech reading for Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing; Practicum with Students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Sherri Horner, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7343
Email: shorner@bgsu.edu
Address: 568 Education

Ph.D.  Educational Psychology, Specialization: Learning, Development, and Instruction; Subspecialization: Literacy. City University of New York (CUNY), Graduate School and University Center. Dissertation Topic: The effects of observational learning on preschoolers' letter-name knowledge. Awarded May, 1998.

M.Phil.  Educational Psychology, CUNY, Graduate School and University Center. Awarded May, 1997.

B.A.  Psychology, Western Michigan University. Awarded May, 1988.

Courses taught

  • EDFI 3010      Educational Psychology Applied to Early Childhood     
  • EDFI 3020      Educational Psychology
  • EDFI 6270      Development of the Elementary School Child
  • EDFI 6710      Life-Span Development
  • EDFI 6770      Contemporary Theory and Research 

Brittany Joseph, M.Ed.

Position: Instructor & Cohort Coordinator
Phone: 419-372-0253
Email: bjoseph@bgsu.edu
Address: 412 Education

B.S. The University of Toledo
M.Ed. Argosy University
Ph.D. (ABD) expected completion 2015 Northcentral University

Research Interests
Autism Spectrum Disorders, Assistive Technology, Transition to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities, Advocacy and Funding for Special Education, Support for Families and Parents, Connecting Resources and Underrepresented Populations, Online Teaching and Learning, MOOCs, Recruitment and Retention of Graduate and Undergraduate Students in Special Education


Starr Keyes, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-7296
Email: skeyes@bgsu.edu
Address: 414 Education

Ph.D. The Ohio State University
M.Ed. The University of Toledo
B.A. The Ohio State University

Research Interests
I am interested in research related to early reading interventions, Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI), teaching social skills, disproportionality, urban education, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) learners, and academic and behavioral interventions for students with mild-moderate disabilities.



Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-3343
Email: leei@bgsu.edu
Address: 518 Education Building


Mariana Mereoiu, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7300
Email: mmereoi@bgsu.edu
Address: 434 Education


Alicia A Mrachko, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-372-7298
Email: mrachka@bgsu.edu
Address: 427 Education Building

Year started at BGSU: 2015

Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh (2015), Doctor of Education in Special Education
M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh (2010), Master of Education in Early Intervention with an Autism Specialization
B.S., Case Western Reserve University (1986), Bachelor of Science in Engineering


Mrachko, A., Kaczmarek, L., (accepted with revision). Examining paraprofessional interventions to increase social communication for young children with ASD. Manuscript submitted for publication to Topics in Early Childhood Special Education.

Mrachko, A.A., Kostewicz, D.E., & Martin, W. (in review). Increasing positive and decreasing negative teacher responses to student behavior through training and feedback. Manuscript submitted for publication to Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice.


Susan Peet, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-4643
Email: speet@bgsu.edu
Address: 518 Education Building


Mark Stevens, M.Ed.

Position: Instructor
Phone: 419-372-7346
Email: msteven@bgsu.edu
Address: 567 Education Building

M.Ed., Bowling Green State University, Classroom Technology, 2007
M.Ed., Bowling Green State University, Career & Technology Education, 2007
B.S., University of Toledo, Elementary Education, 2001

Teaching at BGSU:
Mark Stevens has been a School of Teaching and Learning faculty member since 2008.

  • Instructional and Assistive Technology
  • Classroom Technology for the Early, Middle, and AYA Child

Judy VandenBroek, M.Ed.

Position: Lecturer
Phone: 419-372-7304
Email: vjudy@bgsu.edu
Address: 405A Education

B.S. Bowling Green State University
M.Ed., Bowling Green State University

Research Interests:
Literature Strategies in the Inclusive Classroom Service learning

Courses Taught:
Undergraduate: Introduction to Education, Math Instruction & Assessment, Consultation & Collaboration, Content Reading, Teaching Students with Special Needs

Graduate: Math Instruction & Assessment, Consultation & Collaboration, Teaching Students With Special Needs


Eric (Rick) Worch, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor
Phone: 419-372-7365
Email: eworch@bgsu.edu
Address: 123 Life Science Building

Ph.D., Indiana University, Anthropology and Curriculum & Instruction in Science Education, 1998
M.A., Indiana University, Anthropology, 1995
M.A.T., Indiana University, General Science, 1991
B.A., Indiana University, Biology, 1981

Areas of Expertise:
Play in human and nonhuman primates, lesson study with preservice and inservice teachers, and acquisition of pedagogical content knowledge.

Teaching at BGSU:
Science Methods for the Inclusive Early Childhood Classroom
Advanced Methods in Elementary School Science
Advanced Pedagogy and Best Practices
Qualitative Approaches to Classroom Inquiry
Issues and Trends in Curriculum and Instruction



Brenda Joy

Position: Sr. Secretary
Phone: 419-372-7259
Email: bljoy@bgsu.edu
Address: 451 Education


Lorie Morelock

Position: Sr. Administrative Assistant
Phone: 419-372-7336
Email: lmorelo@bgsu.edu
Address: 529C Education Building


Wendy Walston-Vaughn

Position: Sr. Secretary
Phone: 419-372-7320
Email: wwalsto@bgsu.edu
Address: 529 Education Building


Cathy S. Wagner

Position: Sr. Administrative Secretary
Phone: 419-372-7358
Email: cwagner@bgsu.edu
Address: 449 Education