You’ll learn in small, interactive classes taught by experienced professors who take a personal interest in your progress. All full-time faculty members in the program have doctoral degrees and impressive academic credentials. They also have significant on-the-job experience as teachers in public and private schools.

Dr. Deborah E. Patterson

Chair, Department of Education
Associate Professor of Education

As Chair of the Department of Education at the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Patterson oversees undergraduate and graduate programs offered on campus and online. She holds a BA from the State University of New York at Purchase, an MEd from Keene State College, and an EdD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her areas of research interest include elementary education, curriculum integration, authentic assessment, learning theory, literacy development, and children’s literature and mathematics. In 2008 she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the New England Educational Research Organization (NEERO).

Dr. Robert R. Klein

Director, Teacher Education Program
Professor of Education

A key researcher in leadership development, Dr. Robert R. Klein serves as director of the University’s Teacher Education Program. Dr. Klein’s extensive academic credentials include a BA from Colgate University, an MA from Yale University, an MDiv from Columbia Theological Seminary, an M.Ed. from Harvard University, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. His research interests include elementary and secondary education issues, teacher and student testing, state rules regarding education, and federal education guidelines. Dr. Klein’s groundbreaking research on leadership development resulted in The Klein Group Instrument for Effective Leadership and Participation in Teams (KGI™) assessment instrument, which is built on the foundation of the venerated Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

Dr. Molly K. Munkatchy

Assistant Professor of Education

Dr. Munkatchy has over 30 years of experience in public education as a teacher and math/science/technology education specialist prior to joining the faculty at Western New England University. She holds a BS from University of Texas at El Paso, an advanced degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on technology integration through her MEd from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. Dr. Munkatchy has directed several technology professional development programs. In 2000, she managed the Technology Innovations in Education (TIE) grant. The TIE project was a grant to pilot a “telementoring” project for new teachers and to provide professional development on technology integration. In 1998, Dr. Munkatchy was the project director for a five-year Department of Education Innovation Challenge Grant.

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