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Younghee Kim

Younghee Kim, Ph.D., Professor, Coordinator of the Early Childhood Development program, School of Education, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon. 

Dr. Kim teaches in the Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching Programs at Southern Oregon University. After graduating from Sogang University in Seoul, Korea, in 1985, she received her master’s degree in 1992 and her doctorate in 1996 from the University of Oregon in the area of early intervention/early childhood special education. Prior to coming to SOU in 1999, Dr. Kim taught in the Early Child Education Program and the Master of Arts in Teaching program in the School of Education at Oregon State University, Corvallis during 1996-1999. 

Her research interests include holistic education, alternative assessment for young children with special needs, family collaboration in early intervention, whole child and teacher development, core reflection, the human potential, presence and compassion, contemplative practices in teacher education, as well as multicultural education for individuals with diverse backgrounds. 

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Susan Faller-Mitchell

Susan brings 15 years of classroom experience to her role as a faculty member with Southern Oregon University. She is a nationally board certified teacher as a Middle Childhood Specialist. She holds a Master of Science degree in Mass Communication from San Jose State University and earned her teaching credential from California State University East Bay in 1993.

Her areas of interest include reflective teaching, differentiation, math investigations, science inquiry, and mentoring of student teachers. She considers her role in the School of Education as an investment in our future teachers.

 

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Erin Wilder

Erin holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Seattle University.  She earned a Masters in Teaching degree from Seattle University in 2002. 

She spent several years teaching both full day and half-day kindergarten and first grade, in districts east of Seattle.  She has also worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in a Montessori classroom.  Her areas of professional interest include early childhood intervention programs, literacy in both early childhood and the elementary classrooms, multicultural education, cognitive development, collaborative learning, developmentally appropriate practice, teacher leadership, educational technology, and the use of authentic assessment in the classroom. 

Erin enjoys working with pre-service teachers, helping them develop a sense of identity as teachers, guiding them through reflective teaching practices during their time in the program at SOU.  She has two toddlers who help her put theory into practice and continue to build on her understanding of the need for effective parent/school/community partnerships.

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Susan Hamilton

Susan holds an M.A. in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.Her experience includes working with children and families in a variety of programs. She has worked as an Early Childhood Teacher, Director and Trainer.

Currently, Susan works with Early Head Start as an Education and Family Partnership Supervisor and as an Adjunct Instructor at SOU. She has presented workshops at OAEYC and NAEYC.

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Sands Stockwell

Sands has worked with children and families for more than thirty years.  She holds an M.A. in Education (with an emphasis on Hearing Impairment) from Pacific University.

Sands has worked with “at risk” populations throughout her career.  Her first job after college was teaching children who had developmental delays due to child abuse.  She has worked in educational settings as an aide, teacher, parent, administrator and consultant.  She spent ten years at the University of Oregon as an Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Specialist. 

Special interests for Sands include working with families as well as children and teaching in the family home.  She conducts workshops about home visiting.  She has also taught a summer home visiting clinic for the Early Intervention Masters Degree students at the University of Oregon during the past three summers.

Currently teaching for both SOU and RCC, Sands is delighted to be sharing some of what she has learned with the future teachers of our children.

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Pat Bentley

Pat is a Professor Emeritus at Southern Oregon University.   She completed her graduate and post graduate work at the University of Oregon. She also earned a graduate diploma from Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Her undergraduate work was completed at George Fox College (University), Portland Museum Art School, and Southern Oregon College (University).

She has served on the faculty at SOU in a variety of capacities since 1978, most recent before retirement, as Director of Distance Learning for 12 years, pioneering Distance Education at the institution, and training other faculty to use online teaching tools. Pat also served as an Associate Professor, teaching courses in the Masters of Education/Continuing Teaching Licensure programs.

In post-retirement, she continues to serve in the Division of Education. Having been employed professionally in the field of education since 1967, Pat has enjoyed working as a secondary/middle school teacher, and media specialist, in addition to the many hats worn at SOU. With 48 years as a professional in education, she specializes in the areas of Talented and Gifted education, exceptional learners, differentiated curriculum and instruction, intervention/prevention of child abuse and neglect, and intervention/prevention of bullying in the schools.

Pat is a master printmaker and an artist. She firmly believes that "A great teacher is a dream maker, not a dream breaker!" ~ Chauncey Veatch, 2002 National Teacher of the Year.

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Rebecca Olien

Rebecca Olien has twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher. During this time, she was involved in designing and developing curriculum in science, math, social studies, writing, and health curriculum, as well as, outdoor education, technology and science leadership, and professional development leadership for the school district.

Her development of curriculum and educational material led her to the publication of teacher resource books and content for professional publications and websites, and the also publication of over fifty books for children. For the past seven years Rebecca has developed courses and taught for READ Oregon and the education courses for Southern Oregon University.

Rebecca holds a Masters’ degree in Professional Development and is currently working toward a second Masters in Education Technology and Adult Education. She currently works as an online teacher community and education material developer in Washington D.C., while continuing her passion for online interactive teaching and learning in Oregon.

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Heidi Olivadoti 

Heidi has taught at Southern Oregon University since 2001. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership from George Fox University, Masters in Education/Early Childhood from Southern Oregon University, and Bachelors of Arts Degree in Education from Pacific Lutheran University.  

Her career in education spans 25 years in three states: Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.  Prior to coming to SOU, Heidi’s experience included teaching 3rdgrade, 1st grade, Title I Math and Language, Talented and Gifted, and working as a field researcher and data collector. 

Heidi established Professional Education Resources LLC in 2001 with the mission to support professional educators who work collaboratively, act with integrity, and serve with passion. She manages a staff of 5 employees, who serve as mentors to new teachers in their first and second year teaching in public schools.  

Heidi is driven to build capacity for excellence in education by capitalizing on autonomy, mastery, and purpose – the elements necessary to move practice from good to great.