Education Department Faculty
Elizabeth R. Wright, J.D., M.S.W.
Office 204: Thomas Reynolds Center
Phone: (716) 839-8442
Elizabeth Wright joined the Daemen College Education Department faculty in 2006. She currently serves as the Associate Dean for the Education Department and formerly served (2006-May2012) as the Executive Director of the Thomas Reynolds Center for Special Education and After-School Programs. Ms.Wright teaches Special Education Laws and Trends to Education Department graduate students as well as the graduate Special Education Research Seminar. Ms. Wright earned her Juris Doctorate and Master of Social Work from the University of Buffalo in 1997 and her undergraduate degree in Literature and Rhetoric and Political Science (dual major) at SUNY Binghamton, where she graduated summa cum laude and was awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to serving as Executive Director of the Center, Ms. Wright, then a Partner at Goldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP, practiced law in the areas of education law, special education law, and estate planning for families with children who have special needs. She is admitted to practice law in both New York State and Federal District Court. Ms. Wright presents regularly at national and regional conferences regarding the research undertaken at the Thomas Reynolds Center and has led the Department through both NYS (RATE) and national accreditation (TEAC/CAEP).
Dr. Jeff Arnold
Office: 203 Thomas Reynolds Center
Dr. Arnold is the director of a Teacher/Leader Quality Partnership Program at Daemen College. As a consultant for the New York State Academy for Teaching and Learning (NYSATL) he helped pioneer the statewide and regional peer review process. Using the NYSATL model, Jeff has designed professional development opportunities for pre- and in-service teachers to write and review learning experiences on-line. Jeff has permanent teaching certifications in Math (7-12), General Science (7-12), and Chemistry, Physics, and Technology (7-12). Jeff holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an Ed.M. in Education, and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Sarah Avtzon
Dr. Avtzon joined Daemen College, TTI program - Brooklyn division in September 2005 as a full time faculty member. Prior to working at Daemen College, Sarah was an Educational Director of a Headstart, UPK and Inclusion program. Sarah established a sensory clinic in the preschool and developed a sensory-based curriculum to assist teachers in carrying over goals and interventions to the classroom daily routine and activities. In addition, Sarah was a a workshop leader and consultant for over 60 preschools in NYC, training teachers in implementing a developmentally appropriate curriculum and using a transdiscilplinary approach to intervention of children with special needs. Sarah holds a BA in Psychology and Early Childhood Education, a Masters in Elementary Education and Supervision, an MS. Ed in Instructional technology -concentration Special Needs and is currently completing her Ed.D.
Dr. Mark Brown
Office: Duns Scotus 144
Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati. He has held teaching positions at the University of Eastern Illinois and Miami University. Dr. Brown's research interests pertain to examining the social/academic integration of pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children in inclusive classroom settings. He currently teaches early childhood special education and special education courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Miriam Dreisinger
Dr. Dreisinger is presently a full time assistant professor in the Daemen College Education Department, Brooklyn Campus. She earned her Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and her Master of Arts in the area of Remedial Reading. During the past 30 years, Dr. Dreisinger’s experiences in the educational sphere include teaching and school administration, grades K through 12 in NYC schools. Special education methodology, literacy, English language and literature, as well as, teacher preparation are her areas of expertise. Dr. Dreisinger also initiated Learning Center programs in New York City’s public and private schools and developed education programs within the NYC foster care network.
Dr. Mary H. Fox, Ph.D.
Office 202: Thomas Reynolds Center
Dr. Fox joined the faculty in 1994, specifically to develop and implement the early childhood special education program. She received her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL; her Master of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD. Dr. Fox teaches courses in the core curriculum, in early childhood special education, in special education and in childhood education, at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2011, she was ppointed the Executive Director of Off-site Education Programs
Dr. Susan Krickovich
Dr. Krickovich, Chair of Undergraduate Programs, joined the faculty in 2005. Previous to her appointment at Daemen, Susan worked in public education where she held several district wide positions, including director of staff development, curriculum and design. Her duties included supervision of the elementary programs in the areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The focus of her work was to support teachers in developing effective subject area program designs thereby increasing student achievement. Prior to her central office responsibilities, she served as an elementary school principal. Dr. Krickovich was an adjunct instructor at Daemen and then join the faculty as full-time assistant professor. She earned her Ed.D. from the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Joanne T. Sadler
Office: Duns Scotus 144
Dr. Sadler joined the faculty in 2003, teaching in the Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education programs. Previously she worked in the Buffalo City School District as a Supervisor of Curriculum Development and has expertise in multicultural education and teaching students of diverse backgrounds. She has taught in grades kindergarten through fifth. Dr. Sadler holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo.
Dr. Bruce A. Shields
Office: Duns Scotus 144
Dr. Shields joined the faculty in 2001 to teach principally in the area of special education. He has held various teaching, professional and administrative positions, working for organizations that provide service to people with disabilities and their families in Missouri and New York State. In addition to his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, Dr. Shields also has two master's degrees: Master of Arts in Special Education (University of Missouri at Columbia) and Master's of Education (University at Buffalo). Dr. Shields' Bachelor's degree--in special and elementary education--was earned at Slippery Rock (PA) University.
Dr. Mindy Scirri
Office: Duns Scotus 144
Dr.Scirri is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department and the DiverseLearner Academy Coordinator for the Thomas Reynolds Center for SpecialEducation. A specialist in learning (dis)abilities,Dr. Scirri holds a Ph.D. in Special Education and a Master of Science degree inLearning Disabilities from Syracuse University.Additionally, she holds a Master of Arts degree in English/CreativeWriting from Binghamton University and Bachelor of Art degrees from theUniversity of Rochester in both Biology and Psychology. Dr. Scirri operates a private practice, Learnabilities, where she works withstudents and their families to help them negotiate students’ K-12 education and/orcollege or vocational pursuits.
Dr. Pessy Sloan
Dr. Sloan joined the Education Department in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Sloan earned her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University. She brings with her many years of experience as a school psychologist, clinician and researcher. Prior to her appointment at Daemen College, Dr. Sloan has had extensive teaching experience at the elementary and university levels. She has presented at numerous conferences and has published a number of articles on the topics of gifted and special needs children.