Meet Education Faculty

Glenn Baete, EdD

Director of Principal and Counselor Preparation Programs

Dr. Glenn Baete has been a faculty member in the College of Education since 2012, where he has taught in the EdD and Principal Preparation Programs. Dr. Baete brings 21 years of leadership experience from Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to Spalding, where he served as an assistant principal, principal, Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, and Interim Chief Operations Officer. He was recognized as the JCPS High School Principal of the Year in 2008, and in 2018 developed the “Six Essential Systems for a Strong Learning Climate,” that is currently used in JCPS to guide school-wide curriculum, instruction, and assessment planning. Dr. Baete earned his undergraduate degree, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of Louisville. Dr. Baete’s areas of research include urban school reform, instructional systems planning, and differentiated school leadership. Dr. Baete has published research in the Handbook for Urban Education, The Journal of Educational Research, NASSP School Leadership, and School Leadership and Management.

Karen Dunnagan, PhD

Assistant Professor

Since joining the College of Education in 2001, Karen has been teaching methods courses in K-12 literacy and literature in the B. S. and MAT initial teacher certification programs. She serves as academic advisor for teacher candidates, university supervisor for student teachers, and faculty sponsor for the Kentucky Education Association Student Program, while being active in professional organizations and educational service groups as an advocate for universal literacy. Dr. Dunnagan earned the B. A. degree in Communication and Secondary Teaching Certification and the M. A. degree in Communication with a K-12 Reading Specialist’s Certification. She taught speech communication, English language arts and directed literacy programs before beginning her career in teacher education at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI. She completed the Ph. D. at The Ohio State University in Educational Theory & Practice.

Dr. Barbara Foster, EdD

Associate Professor

Dr. Barbara 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. Dr. Foster earned a Doctor of Education in Leadership Education from Spalding University and received her Bachelor 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 in the 25 years prior to joining the College of Education faculty.


Kristen Harris, PhD

Director of the Teacher Leadership Program Dr. Kristen Harris, interim chair of Spalding University’s College of Education and director of Spalding’s Initial Teacher Certification programs, earned her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Maryland, College Park. During her tenure 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, Kentucky. 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.

Linda LaPinta, EdD

Director of the Doctoral Program in Leadership

Dr. Linda LaPinta earned a B.A. from Beloit College in English Composition, English Literature, and Oral History; an M.A. in Magazine Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication; an M.A.T. in English from the University of Louisville; and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Spalding University. LaPinta (under her maiden name, Beattie) is the author 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).  She has published more than 700 feature articles and book reviews in regional and national journals, magazines, and newspapers, and is a member of the International Leadership Association. Prior to moving to Kentucky, LaPinta’s career included writing, editing, oral history, and social service positions in Washington, D.C., and in Columbia, South Carolina.

Jennifer Mangeot, MEd

Director of Field Experiences

Jennifer Mangeot received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville and her M.Ed. from the University of Kentucky. She spent eight years as an elementary school teacher in Fayette County Public Schools and in 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, Jennifer began work as a university supervisor here at Spalding, as well as taught the student teaching capstone course before becoming the current Director of Field Experiences and the Certification Officer.