College of Education

TEACH Butler Instructors 2012



The Education Phenomenon:  Inspired by Butler University and Reggio Emilia

Instructors: Connie Sherman, Ron Smith and Lynne McGuire

Ron SmithRon Smith has been the Director of the Warren Early Childhood Center for six years. He attended Butler University where he earned a Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Master's in School Administration. He currently attends Ball State University where he is pursuing a Doctorate in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Early Childhood Education and a Cognate in Early Childhood Special Education. A recent recipient of the IAEYC Hoosier Educator Award, Ron has presented at the IAEYC State Conference, the NAEYC National Conference and the NSBA National Conference on a variety of early childhood topics.

Connie ShermanAfter serving as director of the Early Childhood Program at St. Mary's Child Center since 1984, Connie Sherman was appointed as the agency's executive director in 2001. Sherman has also served as speech pathologist and teacher during her time at St. Mary's. Sherman holds a B.S. in speech, language and auditory sciences from Purdue University and a M.S. in education from Butler University. She has studied the Reggio philosophy for a number of years and attended the International Study Tour in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2006. Sherman received the Early Care and Education award in 2004 from the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children. Sherman currently serves on the Leadership Council and Early Learning Committee of United Way of Central Indiana's Success by 6 program, the Advisory Council for the Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis Nina Scholars Program and the Step Up 4 Kids Foundation Board.

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Teacher as Counselor?  Do I have the skills?

Instructors: Maggie Robillard and Yolanda Carter

Brandie OliverBrandie Oliver 

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PhotoVoice for Teachers (FREE for first 20 registrations)

Instructors: Kathryn Brooks & Michelle Green

Kathryn Brooks 101Katie Brooks is an assistant professor in the College of Education at Butler University. She graduated with a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University with a specialization in teaching English language learners. Her research interests include content area instruction for ELL students, second language acquisition, educational change and teacher professional development/transformation.

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Being the Change We Want to See ESL Teachers Author Their Own Identities. (FREE for first 20 registrations

Instructors: Susan Adams and Herb Budden

Adams BSSusan Adams is a project manager for Butler University's National Professional Development Grant. In the past, she has served as a high school ESL teacher and instructional coach. She has a master's degree in language education from Indiana University. Her research interests include educational change, teacher professional development and ELL student writing development.

Herb BuddenHerb Budden is Herb Budden is a co-director of the Hoosier Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project at IUPUI. He is retired chair of the English Department of Hamilton Southeastern High School where he taught for nine years; previously he taught high school in the Indianapolis Public Schools for more than two decades. Herb has been actively involved in professional development and language arts issues for many years at the local, state and national levels.

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Digital Video Analysis: A Valuable Teaching & Learning Tool

Instructors: Mindy Welch

Mindy Welch

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Response to Instruction and Intervention

Instructor: Kelli Esteves

Kelli Esteves
Kelli Esteves is an assistant professor of education at Butler University. Dr. Esteves has experience as a special education teacher, teacher consultant, and reading specialist in the public school system. Her research interests lie in the area of response to intervention and literacy instruction. She is the co-author of RTI Success: Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms and has published articles for various periodicals, including Principal Magazine.

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New(er) Teacher Academy: Making Small Shifts for Seismic Differences

Instructor:  Shelly Furuness

Shelley Furuness 101Shelly Furuness received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Indiana University and is an instructor in the College of Education at Butler University. Shelly teaches courses related to reading and literature instruction for middle and secondary education. Shelly's research interests include teacher identity and occupational socialization of novice teachers.

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Inspired Teacher, Innovative Classroom!

Instructor: Catherine Pangan


Algebra Readiness

Instructors: Ryan Flessner and Mary Krohn

Ryan Flessner
Ryan Flessner is an Assistant Professor at Butler University.  He teaches courses in the College of Education such as Intro to Education, Early Childhood Curriculum, and the Teacher Leadership course in the Masters in Effective Teaching and Leadership (METL) program.  Ryan's interests include teacher research, mathematics education, and issues of equity, diversity, and social justice.

Mary KrohnMary Krohn is a faculty member in the Mathematics Department. She holds a MS from Clemson University in Mathematics and a PhD from Clemson University in Curriculum and Instruction. Her current research examines issues in undergraduate mathematics education, in particular college-readiness and preparation and active learning strategies for the post-secondary classroom. She and her husband are new to the Indianapolis area, and they are enjoying all that the city has to offer..

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The Science of Teaching

Instructor: Teri Folta and LAS Professors

Teri FoltaTeri Folta began her career in Pike Township schools, teaching 8th grade chemistry and physics, and 6th and 7th grade science. She then moved to Lawrence Township schools where she taught 7th grade science at Fall Creek Valley Middle School and 4th grade math/science at Harrison Hill Elementary. Teri received her Bachelor's in Elementary Education from Indiana University with a science endorsement and her Master's from Butler University in Elementary Education with endorsements in science and technology. Teri earned her National Board Certification in 1998 in Early Adolescence/Generalist. Teri was an adjunct faculty member at Butler University and supervised student teachers in the classroom. Teri was also one of the lead presenters from 1999-2002 for the "Just-In Time" Middle Level Workshop sponsored by the Indiana Middle Level Education Association.

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