Education Department Faculty

Elizabeth R. Wright, J.D., M.S.W.

Office: Thomas Reynolds Center
Phone: (716) 839-8442

Elizabeth Wright joined the Daemen College Education Departmentfaculty in 2006.  She currently serves asthe Associate Dean for the Education Department and formerly served (2006-May2012) as the Executive Director of the Thomas Reynolds Center for SpecialEducation and After-School Programs.  Ms.Wright teaches Special Education Laws and Trends to Education Departmentgraduate students as well as the graduate Special Education Research Seminar.  Ms. Wright earned her Juris Doctorate andMaster of Social Work from the University of Buffalo in 1997 and herundergraduate degree in Literature and Rhetoric and Political Science (dualmajor) at SUNY Binghamton, where she graduated summa cum laude and was awardedmembership in Phi Beta Kappa.  Prior toserving as Executive Director of the Center, Ms. Wright, then a Partner atGoldstein, Ackerhalt & Pletcher, LLP, practiced law in the areas of educationlaw, special education law, and estate planning for families with children whohave special needs.  She is admitted topractice law in both New York State and Federal District Court. Ms. Wrightpresents regularly at national and regional conferences regarding the researchundertaken at the Thomas Reynolds Center and has led the Department throughboth NYS (RATE) and national accreditation (TEAC/CAEP). 

Dr. Jeff Arnold

Office: 203 Thomas Reynolds Center
Phone: 716.839.8379

Mr. 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.  

Sarah Avtzon

Sarah 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

Dr. Mark BrownOffice: Duns Scotus 345e
Phone: 716.839.8317

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.

Marybeth Fortune

Marybeth FortuneOffice: Thomas Reynolds Center
Phone: 716.566.7825

Marybeth joined the faculty in 2006 as an adjunct in the Canadian Scholars Teacher Education Program, and was appointed as full-time faculty in this program in 2007. Prior to working at Daemen College, Marybeth worked in secondary schools as a teacher, as a cross-curricular head of literacy, assessment, and evaluation, and was also a vice-principal. Marybeth has been involved in publishing five (5) mathematics textbooks and teacher resource books, serving in the roles of author and reviewer. In addition, she has worked with the Ministry of Education of the Provincial Government of Ontario to develop four (4) assessment and evaluation policy documents, and six (6) provincial curriculum policy documents, serving in the capacities of project manager and/or writer. Marybeth holds a B.A. in math and English, a B.Sc. in psychology, a B.Ed, a M.Ed. in Educational Administration, and is currently completing a Ph.D.

Dr. Mary H. Fox, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Hawkshaw-FoxOffice: Duns Scotus 323
Phone: 716.839.8352

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. Susan KrickovichOffice: Duns Scotus 352
Phone: 716.839.8542

Susan, 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. Rona Miles

Rona received her Psy.D. from Yeshiva University in school psychology. She has worked extensively in the Head Start domain conducting parent and teacher training, as well as coordinating special education and related services for preschool children through the Department of Education. Dr. Miles’s clinical and research interests include assessment and diagnosis of learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorders, and anxiety in children. Prior to completing her doctoral degree, she taught mathematics in junior high and high school for 12 years.

Dr. Joanne T. Sadler

Dr. Joanne T. SadlerOffice: Duns Scotus 345d
Phone: 716.839.8528

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. Dennis Scheitinger

Office: Thomas Reynolds Center
Phone: 716.839.8217 

Dr. Scheitinger received his bachelors, masters, and doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Scheitinger was a classroom teacher for twenty (20) years. In addition, he developed consultant services for Western New York school districts, was the Director of the Eire 1 BOCES Institute for Professional Advancement, and was a Coordinator in the New York State Mentor Internship Program. Dennis is in demand as a keynote speaker and staff developer for school districts in Western New York. Dr. Scheitinger joined Daemen College as an Assistant Professor in the Weekend Program.

Dr. Bruce A. Shields

Dr. Bruce A. ShieldsOffice: Duns Scotus 345c
Phone: 716.839.8536

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. Pessy Sloan

Pessy 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.

Dr. Mary Wolf

Office: Duns Scotus 140
Phone: 716.839.8276 

Dr. Wolf received her Ph.D. in Art Education with a graduate minor in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University. She earned a Master of Arts in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She has taught art in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, alternative schools, home school settings, and higher education in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York.  Her research interests include creating community in the classroom to improve student development, interdisciplinary education, social class issues in education, classroom motivation, and teacher education. Her artwork focuses on drawings that combine text and image to tell visual/verbal stories.

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