Dr. Susanne Chandler ~University Perspective
School of Education
Ferris State University
Big Rapids, Michigan
Dr. Susanne Chandler received her academic education from California State University at Fullerton (CSUF), where she was awarded the bachelor’s in music degree and K-12 teaching certificate, and from the University of California, Davis (UCD), where she received her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She did her doctoral work at The Ohio State University and received her Ph.D. in Policy and Leadership, in curriculum and instruction, research, and anthropology. Dr. Chandler was appointed to serve on the joint commission of Teacher Preparation Accountability and Evaluation to research in the areas of Intent and Area. She has published several articles on teaching and learning and research methodology, served as Co-Editor of the Division G (Social Context) Newsletter for AERA, is a member of several educational organizations, and has received awards/honors from Dai Ho Chun for Academic Excellence, Phi Beta Delta for International Scholars, and Pi Lambda Theta in Education. She has taught courses in curriculum and development; principles of teaching and learning; organizational analysis; educational research; school law; and evaluating curriculum programs. She is currently the Director for the School of Education at Ferris State University, and has been an administrator in the Teacher Certification field for the past eight years.
Patricia Vandelinder ~ District Perspective
District Instructional Specialist
Detroit Public Schools
Patricia Vandelinder has been with Detroit Public Schools for thirty-one years. She is currently a District Instructional Specialist assigned to five schools. Her major responsibility is to assist teachers with the organization and implementation of the SRA/Open Court Reading program. In addition, Pat provides staff development to the District’s teachers, administrators, support staff and parents. Patricia has been training mentors and new teachers for the District since the inception of the New Teacher/Mentoring Program in 1996. She has been a staff development specialist for eleven years and is a member of the District’s training cadre that provides training for all teachers and mentors. She is a graduate of Wayne State University with a B. S. in English and holds a Master’s Degree in Supervision and Administration.
Sara Romano ~ New Teacher Perspective
Birney Elementary School
Detroit Public Schools
Sara Romano is in her second year of teaching at Birney Elementary School in the Detroit Public Schools. She graduated from Oakland University in 2001 majoring in Language Arts. She spent five weeks of her student teaching in New Zeeland. Her experience includes service as Assistant Director at a CYO Boys and Girls Camp for six years.
Elaine Allen Karls ~ College Perspective
Professor of English
University Center, Michigan
Elaine Karls is a Professor of English and Faculty Leader for the Education 200 - Exploratory Teaching Program at Delta College in Michigan. She began her career as a high school English and journalism teacher and now supervises community college students in pre-service K-12 classroom placements throughout mid-Michigan as part of Delta’s Exploratory Teaching program. Prior to joining Delta’s faculty in 1989, Ms. Karls supervised student teaching experiences for students in Michigan State University’s Department of Teacher Education. In addition to 21 years as a teacher educator in all disciplines, Karls also teaches college and university English (composition and literature). She completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in English Education at Michigan State University. While working in a variety of school settings (rural, urban, suburban), a particular focus of interest has been preparing aspiring teachers to consider teaching in diverse urban settings, where the need for teachers is especially acute nationwide. Karls has taught and directed in a variety of projects that involve secondary students, including the Huron Shores International Writing Institute. She is Co-Director of the Saginaw Bay Writing Project Teacher Invitational, a Michigan affiliate of the National Writing Project based at Saginaw Valley State University. Through the Writing Project, she works with classroom teachers to promote best practices for literacy in K-12 classrooms. Her interests include a variety of professional and community-oriented programs, including participation in the recently formed National Association for Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP).
Mara Lud ~ Principal’s Perspective
Moores Park Elementary School
Lansing School District
Mara Lud has been an educator for the Lansing School District for thirty years. She is currently the principal of Moores Park Elementary School. This K-5 school was featured in the March 16, 2004 Lansing State Journal for their focus on reading and math. This program, focusing on smaller class size and reading math techniques to raise student achievement, has been so successful that it is being used as a model for the Lansing School District. Governor Granholm recently visited the school to help celebrate their success in the area of student achievement. Mara has served as a teacher for elementary and middle schools, a subject matter coordinator in the area of language arts, a leader in curriculum development and currently as a building principal. She also serves as a board member for the Lansing Association of School Administrators.