Dr. Keepers joined Spalding as Dean of the College of Education in 2008 after retiring from Jefferson County Public Schools as principal of both DuPont Manual High School and the Youth Performing Arts School, a role she assumed in 1991. During her tenure as principal, student enrollment increased along with academic and athletic achievements and artistic accomplishments in the performing and visual arts. After her retirement, the Dr. Beverly Keepers Counseling Center was dedicated in her honor at Manual High School.She earned a Rank I in school administration with principal certification (P-12) from the University of Louisville and a doctorate in education leadership and organizational development. She was an adjunct member of the faculty at University of Louisville. As dean of the College of Education at Spalding University, she provides another dimension of her experience and passion for leadership in the preparation of teachers and school administrators.
Director of the Ed.D in Executive Leadership
Dr. Ann Driscoll is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Director of the Ed.D in Executive Leadership program. Prior to coming to Spalding, Ann directed graduate and undergraduate programs at Goddard College. She was the founding director of a graduate program in social responsibility and environmental sustainability that served leaders and change agents from multiple sectors. Ann taught in the Antioch University Department of Organization & Management where her areas of instruction were organizational behavior and development, multicultural organizational development, leadership education, social justice education, and strategic management. She was the Director of Corporate Training for the University of New Hampshire Browne Center for Innovative Learning and taught in the University’s Department of Kinesiology where her primary area of instruction was experiential education. As part of a K-12 teacher preparation/community change practitioner preparation program, Ann taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where her area of instruction was social justice education. For over 30 years Ann has worked as a consultant with public, private and social sector organizations in the fields of training and organizational development (with emphasis in capacity building, team building, strategic planning, executive coaching, and developing inclusive and high performance cultures). She has extensive experience in the design and implementation of executive education and leadership/management development programs. Ann has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communications from St. Louis University, a Master’s of Science in Teaching/English from the University of New Hampshire, a Doctor of Education in Applied Behavioral Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Certificate in Advanced Graduate Study in Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies from Champlain College. Her most current research interest is mediation and peacemaking in workplace and community settings.
Director, Doctoral Program in Leadership Education and Professor, Communication and Education
Linda Elisabeth Beattie earned a B.A. from Beloit College in English Composition, English Literature, and Oral History (1976); an M.A. in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication (1986); an M.A.T. in English from the University of Louisville (1991); and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Spalding University (1997).Beattie is the author and editor of four books—Conversations with Kentucky Writers (1996), Savory Memories (1998), Conversations with Kentucky Writers II (1999), and Sisters in Pain: Battered Women Fight Back (co-authored with M.A. Shaughnessy, 2000)—all published by The University Press of Kentucky. In addition, she has published more than 700 feature articles and book reviews in regional and national journals, magazines, and newspapers. Currently, she is writing a comprehensive book about Kentucky quilts and quilt makers for the University Press of Kentucky. From 1990 to 1999 Beattie taught English and Journalism at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College where she founded and edited a statewide newsletter, Quality First, and where she was awarded tenure in 1996. From 1999 until 2002 Beattie, who became a professor of English at Midway College, served as the college’s writer-in-residence and as the director of the school’s Writing Program and was named co-recipient of the Robert L. Botkin Endowed Chair. From 2002 to 2007 Beattie served as the editor for Jefferson County Public Schools. Since 1990 Beattie also has directed the Kentucky Writers’ Oral History Project for the University of Kentucky, has directed the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association’s Oral History Project, has served as the vice-president and as an advisory board member of the Kentucky Writers’ Coalition, has been a Kentucky Humanities Council Featured Speaker, has led book discussions at the Filson Club, has served as the secretary of The Southern Book Critics’ Circle, and has edited the national Oral History Association Newsletter. She is the recipient of two grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and of numerous grants from the Kentucky Oral History Commission. Recently, she founded the Kentucky Quilt History Study Group (KQHSG), which is affiliated with the American Quilt Study Group, for which she serves as the regional representative. Beattie is a member of the Board of Directors of Historic Locust Grove, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Quilt Project, Inc. In 2009 Beattie was named chair of the Adult Accelerated Program and professor of Communication at Spalding University, and in 2014 she was appointed as the director of the Spalding University doctoral program in Leadership Education. Prior to moving to Kentucky, where she has lived since 1987, Beattie’s career included writing, editing, oral history, and social service positions in Washington, D.C., and in Columbia, South Carolina.
Karen Dunnagan joined Spalding University’s College of Education in 2001. She teaches courses in literacy and literature for K-12 students in the Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in teaching (MAT) teacher-certification programs. She serves as academic advisor for middle and high school teacher candidates and faculty sponsor for the Kentucky Education Association Student Program. She serves on university and college committees and is active in professional organizations and educational service groups as an advocate for universal literacy.Dr. Dunnagan earned a bachelor of arts degree in communication and secondary teaching certification and a master’s of arts degree in communication with a K-12 reading specialist’s certification at Indiana State University (ISU). She earned a doctorate at the Ohio State University in literacy, literature, and drama studies in education. She taught speech communication at ISU, and she taught English language arts and directed literacy programs in K-12 public schools before beginning her career in teacher education at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wis.
Associate Professor, Praxis and Admission Test Support
Barbara Foster earned a Doctor of Education degree in leadership education from Spalding University and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in elementary education, as well as an education specialist degree in administration and supervision from Indiana University. She served as an elementary and middle school teacher and principal in both public and parochial schools for 25 years prior to joining the College of Education faculty at Spalding University. Dr. Foster shares her expertise in classroom management and instructional design with teachers in local school systems and frequently presents at state, national and international conferences, including presentations in Taiwan and Australia. Her current research interests include topics related to dialogue, reflection, behavior management, assessment, mathematics education and brain-based teaching and learning.
Director of the Teacher Leader Program
Dr. Kristen Harris earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2013. During her five years in Maryland, she researched and worked with pre-service and veteran teachers in urban high schools. Prior to that experience, Dr. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Centre College. She then taught high school history and geography in Boyle County, Ky., for three years. Dr. Harris has also worked with the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, and her scholarship focuses on college access and choice for high school students in Kentucky .
Dr. Hasan earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University-Pullman in political science and a Master of Education degree and a Doctor of Special Education degree from the University of Washington-Seattle. He has more than 25 years of experience in education, including 12 years at the public school level and more than 13 at the university level. Presently, he holds teaching certificates in both Hawaii and Kentucky.His public school experience includes 10 years of teaching in the Seattle Public School District, in self-contained programs designed for students classified as seriously behaviorally disabled (SBD) grades fourth to 12th. He also taught for two years with the Hawaii Department of Education in a self-contained high school program for students classified as emotionally disturbed (ED). During his career, Dr. Hasan has worked extensively with gang-involved students and troubled children, adolescents and youth. He has coached football and basketball at the middle and high school levels. Dr. Hasan has also worked with the special education teacher preparation programs of Eastern Michigan University and the University of Washington-Seattle. While in Hawaii, he served as the dean of the Hawaii College of Pharmacy in Kapolei.
Director of Field Experiences
Jennifer Mangeot joined Spalding in 2009 as director of field Experiences in the College of Education. Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Louisville and her Master of Arts in education degree from the University of Kentucky. She taught for eight years as an elementary school teacher in both Fayette County Public Schools and the Archdiocese of Louisville. In 2000, she began work as a student-teacher supervisor at Bellarmine University, where she also worked as an adjunct professor in the School of Education. In 2007, Ms. Mangeot began work as a university supervisor at Spalding and taught the student teaching capstone course before becoming assuming her current position.
Director of Initial Certification and Undergraduate Programs
Veronica Petty Wright graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Education degree and Rank I in special education. She worked for 34 years as a special educator and social studies teacher for the Louisville city and Jefferson County Public Schools. At Spalding, she writes and manages the undergraduate and graduate level components of the Learning and Behavior Disorders Programs for Spalding University.In addition to designing the programs of study, she served as the program’s sole advisor for four years, taught courses in the special education curriculum, initiated an alternate-route teacher certification, managed the WHAS Crusade for Children grant, and co-authored the Master of Education in special education program. Veronica has served on the following university and college committees: administrative and faculty search, curriculum, undergraduate and graduate admission and retention, library and scholarship. She currently serves as a university supervisor for student teachers and alternate-route teacher candidates.