Faculty & Staff
Kelli J. Esteves, Ed.D., is a professor of special education and the associate dean for the College of Education at Butler University. She holds a B.A. in learning disabilities, an M.A. in teaching children with visual impairments, and an Ed.D. in special education. Her research focuses on inclusive practices within K-12 educational settings and multi-tiered systems of support for students. She has consulted with numerous schools and is a frequent presenter for professional organizations such as the Council for Exceptional Children and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). In her role as a global coordinator for the College of Education, she works with school partners around the world to develop intercultural connections among educators and students. Under her leadership, Butler’s College of Education received the AACTE Best Practice Award in Support of Global and International Perspectives for its Global Network for Teacher Preparation program. Prior to her time at Butler, Dr. Esteves was the director of the Learning Disabilities program at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She was also a special education teacher and literacy specialist in the K–12 public school system. Dr. Esteves is the coauthor of RTI Success: Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms and RTI in Middle School Classrooms.
Selected books and articles:
Social Imagination Project: Fostering Empathy in Pre-Service Teachers by Reading Children’s Books Featuring Characters Who Have Disabilities (2021), Journal of Teacher Action Research, article co-authored with Shelly Furuness
RTI Success: Proven Tools and Strategies for Schools and Classrooms – Revised and Updated Edition (2019), Free Spirit Publishing Inc., book co-authored with Elizabeth Whitten and Alice Woodrow
Fostering Global Perspectives with Children’s Literature (2018), Kappa Delta Pi Record, 54:2, 72-77
RTI in Middle School Classrooms: Proven Tools and Strategies (2014), Free Spirit Publishing Inc., book co-authored with Elizabeth Whitten
La réponse àl’intervention: Un modèle efficace de différenciation (2012), Chenelière Éducation, book co-authored with Elizabeth Whitten and Alice Woodrow, translated by D.Demers (Original work published in 2009)
Audiobooks for Students with Reading Disabilities (2011), Reading Horizons Journal, article co-authored with Elizabeth Whitten
The Unexpressive Reader (2011), Michigan Reading Journal, article co-authored with Sara Rothenthaler
Curriculum vitae available upon request.
Introduction to Special Education
Developmental Theory and Application in Education
Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Learning
Special Education Law
Collaboration and Consultation with Stakeholders
Assessment in Special Education
Hope College, BA in Learning Disabilities
Western Michigan University, MA in Teaching Children with Visual Impairments
Western Michigan University, EdD in Special Education
Michigan Elementary Professional Teaching Certificate
Specialized Endorsements in Learning Disabilities & Visual Impairments
Angela Mager serves as the Assistant Dean and Senior Lecturer in Butler University’s College ofEducation. With over twenty- five years of experience in education, she has served as a teacher, nonprofit director, consultant, teacher educator, and is both a National Board Certified Counselor and a Certified Youth and Childcare Professional.
Working with professionals to create optimal conditions for career fulfillment as well as capacity building in the field of education are areas of interest in her professional life. She contributed to the book The Power of Teacher Leaders, has developed an online educator wellness course and presents frequently at national conferences. Angela is also a proud member of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation Board of Directors.
Dr. Abel joined the College of Education faculty in 2013, obtained tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor in spring 2019, and was appointed Chair of COE Graduate Learning & Teaching Teams the following summer. He primarily teaches courses in the MS in School Counseling program and previously worked as a professional school counselor at the elementary and high school levels. Dr. Abel earned his EdD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Minnesota State University – Mankato in 2013 following completion of his dissertation titled, Academic Resilience in African American & Latina(o) High School Students: A Study of GPA, Emotional Intelligence, & Perceptions of Discrimination. Dr. Abel is interested in teaching and research that supports the effectiveness of school counselors, including the efficacy of specific interventions, the use of data and evidence-based approaches, and strategies to build comprehensive school counseling programs. Dr. Abel is also active on many university committees and workgroups and has a keen interest in expanding graduate studies within COE and across the university.
Susan R. Adams, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Education in the College of Education. Dr. Adams’ teaching responsibilities in the Butler University College of Education regularly include teaching educational foundations, introduction to secondary education (ED227), multicultural education (ED398/ED497), ESL methods (ED498), and graduate courses. She is currently the COE Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
A former urban secondary ESL teacher and instructional coach, Dr. Adams’ research and professional interests include race, critical pedagogies, equitable access to the curriculum and to academic success for all students and transformative adult learning. She is an experienced critical friendship coach and facilitator with the School Reform Initiative, a Teacher Consultant with the National Writing Project, and a site leader of the Hoosier Writing Project.
Dr. Adams’ publications are included in Theory into Practice, English Journal, SAGE Sociology of Education, EBSCO Research Starters, The Brock Education Journal, Writing and Pedagogy, AILACTE Journal, Critical Literacy: Theories and Practices, and The New Educator. Dr. Adams and her co-author, Jamie Buffington-Adams, Ph.D. published their book, Race and Pedagogy: Creating Collaboration for Teacher Transformations, Lexington Books, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, as part of Roland W. Mitchell and Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner’s series, Race and Education.
Dr. Adams was selected for the 2012 ATE-I Anne Patterson Paper Award for her scholarly paper, "Whiten Up! An Autobiographical Exploration of the Impact of White ESL Teachers’ Race, Privilege and Positionality on English Language Learners in K-12 Schools" and was chosen for the 2014 Association of Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher of Education (AILACTE) Scholar Award. In 2015, Dr. Adams and her colleague, Dr. Brooke Kandel-Cisco were awarded a Desmond Tutu Fellowship and was selected as a 2016 Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) Clincal Fellow. She also served as Butler University Co-Faculty Development Fellow with Dr. Elizabeth Mix (2013-2014) and with Dr. Jane Gervasio (2014-2015). To visit Dr. Adams’ Digital Commons Scholarly Works page, please click here.
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Amy joined Butler University in November 2015 as the Administrative Specialist for the History, Anthropology, & Classics Department. During that time she received a Master’s Degree in Effective Teaching and Leadership from the College of Education where she completed a thesis researching university staff’s need for professional development. In July 2022, she returned to the College of Education as the Office and Student Personnel Services Administrator, leading staff and managing external placements for COE students. She also teaches a course for the Physical Well Being (PWB) area of the University’s Core Curriculum called Mindfulness in Everyday Life. Her contemplative training is based in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Interpersonal Mindfulness, and is a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher. She likes to create conditions where people are seen, valued, and respected for their whole self.
Katie Brooks is a Professor of Education at Butler University. She is a former English as a Second Language teacher in Indianapolis Public Schools and earned her doctorate from Kansas State University in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in academic and language instruction for second language learners. Her research focuses on teacher transformation to promote equitable outcomes for English Language Learning (ELL) students and engaging K-12 ELL students and their parents as co-researchers in participatory research projects. Her most recent publications focus on the development of teacher agency for supporting ELL students and family engagement. She has delivered more than 400 presentations at conferences and workshops at the local,national, and international levels. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Theory Into Practice, Multicultural Education, and American Secondary Education.
Fritz Ettl is an assistant professor in the College of Education. He earned a Doctor of Education from Boston University, an Ed. M. from Boston University in Sport Psychology, an M.S. in TESOL from Long Island University in Brooklyn, and a B.A. in history from Indiana University. Prior to his graduate work, Fritz was a New York City public high school teacher and has also worked with youth designing and leading educational international travel programs. He currently teaches coach education courses in Butler’s Sport Coaching Minor and he also enjoys coaching youth club and high school soccer. His current scholarship involves designing and implementing coach development programs for youth coaches and for coaches who work with English Language Learners.
Office – Hinkle Fieldhouse (east side) #1342
Ed.D. in Adult, Community and Higher Education
Dissertation: "Community Education in Indiana from 1965–1987: An Oral History"
Ball State University, Teachers College —Muncie, IN December2005
M.S. Sports Administration
Thesis: Curriculum Differences in Physical Education Programs
University of Wyoming—Laramie,WY August1989
B.S. Physical Education—Certified Grades 6-12 PE, HE
University of Wisconsin—River Falls, WI June1988
Ryan Flessner is a Professor of Teacher Education. He holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Butler University, a M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Teacher Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ryan has taught grades 2-8 in Indianapolis, New York City, and Madison, Wisconsin. His primary teaching and research interests include elementary mathematics, teacher education, practitioner inquiry, and issues of equity, diversity, and social justice. He provides professional development for P-12 teachers across the state and Midwest.
Dr. Flessner has co-edited four books: Equity through Action Research, Agency in Teacher Education, The Power of Clinical Preparation in Teacher Education: Embedding Teacher Preparation within P-12 School Contexts, and Case Studies of Clinical Preparation in Teacher Education: An Examination of Three Teacher Preparation Partnerships.
Articles written or co-written by Dr. Flessner have appeared in journals such as Action in Teacher Education, Action Research Journal, Educational Action Research, Indiana Mathematics Teacher, Science & Children, Science Education International, Teachers College Record, Teaching Education, The Educational Forum, and The New Educator.
Chapters Ryan has authored or co-authored have appeared in Teacher Education and the Struggle for Social Justice; The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education; Critical Education: Major Themes in Education; A Year of Inquiry: A Collection for Elementary Educators; Practitioner Research in Teacher Education: Theory and Best Practices; Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers; Sociology of Education; Breaking the Mold of Classroom Management: What Educators Should Know and Do to Enable Student Success; SAGE Handbook of Research in Teacher Education; (Participatory) Action Research: Principles, Approaches and Applications; Building Upon Inspirations and Aspirations with Hope, Courage, and Strength: Teacher Educators’ Commitment to Today’s Teachers and Tomorrow’s Leaders; Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education; and Project-Based Learning in Elementary Classrooms: Making Mathematics Come Alive.
Ryan also worked with the Indiana Department of Education, the Partnership for Inquiry Learning, and Courtney Flessner to create 54 videos to assist K-8 teachers better understand the developmental progressions related to state standards as well as sound instructional and assessment practices at each grade level. The videos can be accessed here: https://partnershipforinquirylearning.org/standards/
Dr. Keller began his counselor education career at Butler University in 1997. His leadership assisted in getting initial national accreditation (CACREP) for the school counseling program in 1998, and continued re-accreditation up through 2021. The school counseling program has been recognized with the NCACES Innovative Program Award, and is a nationally known top tier program. Professionally, Dr. Keller has served as the President of the Indiana School Counseling Association, ASCA delegate member, NBCC Board of Directors, and has chaired site teams for CACREP accreditation at 20+ different universities. He has received several awards, including the College of Education Richard Guyer Professor of Education and the Indiana Exemplary Counselor Educator of the Year. He currently is the Director of the School Counseling Program and along with his colleagues, presents at state/national conferences, conducts research, and actively contributes to the counseling profession.
Ashley Mack-Jackson is a Lecturer in the College of Education. Previously, she served as an Assistant Professor and Assistant Department Chair of English, Humanities, and World Languages for the Central Indiana region of Ivy Tech Community College.
Ms. Mack-Jackson co-founded and currently serves as the co-CEO of Word As Bond, Inc. (Word), an organization that provides free creative writing education to youth across central Indiana, and in 2018 she was awarded a Poetry Foundation grant to support her work with Word’s young writers. Because of her commitment to promoting and celebrating the literary arts in Indiana, she has been invited by organizations like the Indiana Writers Center, Indiana Humanities, and Heartland Society of Women Writers to speak and facilitate writing workshops for a diverse array of audiences throughout Indiana, the Midwest, and beyond. She also serves as an Editorial Assistant for The Indianapolis Review.
Deeply invested in giving back to the educational communities that have shaped her professional life, she currently serves as the president of the IUPUI University Library Community Board and a member of the Ball State University School of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Executive Advisory Council. Her writing has appeared in Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora, The Indianapolis Anthology, Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters, Drumvoices Revue, and elsewhere.
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Dr. Brandie Oliver is an Associate Professor in the School Counseling Program at Butler University. Prior to her current role, she worked as a middle school counselor but also has experience at the elementary and high school levels. Brandie sees her role as a resource and support for Professional School Counselors as well as an advocate and source of positive change for all students, parents, and educators. She presents at state, regional, and national conferences, and provides professional development to educators, and collaborates with other educational fields to emphasize the importance of working across disciplines for compelling and long-term change. Her specific areas of interest include the development of comprehensive school counseling programs, school culture and restorative practices, culturally responsive practices, suicide prevention/intervention, and implementing social-emotional learning within an MTSS framework. Dr. Oliver is dedicated to the training and professional development of all educators that strive to be change agents in PK-12 education.
Dr. Oliver has also served families at Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People as a support group facilitator for grieving teens and as an individual grief counselor in the Therapy Services program. She is involved both at the national and state level, serving on the Evidence-Based School Counseling Advisory Board, the Indiana School Counselor Association Board, and served on the Presidential Advisory Board for the American Counseling Association.
Have you ever inflated a life-sized blue whale in a school parking lot? Talked with astronauts in real-time aboard the International Space Station with 200 third graders? Led science and social studies explorations with one thousand fourth graders around the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway? If you’ve had class with Dr. Catherine Hagerman Pangan – most likely you have!
Dr. Pangan is a Professor in the College of Education. She is honored to work with first-years through graduate students and many community partners around the city. Her work focuses on science and social studies methods, teacher leadership and innovation, and pre-service teaching. She is also an Innovation Fellow for Butler’s Transformation Lab.
She also has a unique role as a “Faculty-in-Residence and lives with 630 sophomores in Fairview House with her family. Dr. Pangan contributes as a columnist in The Teacher Advocate magazine as “Dr. P.” and has written curriculum for teachers for exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. She wrote a children’s book titled“No Peanuts for Me!” about her son’s peanut allergy. She also authored chapters for “The Power of Teacher Leaders” and “Connecting Children to Nature” and advised on a student-led publication “The Gifts of Indiana.” She serves as president of the Board of Trustees for Sycamore School. Formerly, Dr. Pangan was an elementary teacher in St. Louis, MO and Indiana. She traded in her “golden apple” teaching award for the Big Apple and helped start the NewTeacher Academy at Columbia University and worked with teachers in Harlem and Brooklyn. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education, Master’s in Educational Administration at Butler University, an endorsement in Gifted Education, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on policy and education law. Dr. Pangan has been working in education for over 25 years.
Professor Williams is a professional educator whose career started teaching middle school language arts in Ft. Worth, TX. She went on to teach high school English in Oklahoma City, OK before finding her first higher education position as an adjunct instructor at Mountain View College, Dallas, TX. There she worked to help developmental writing students find their voice in academic writing. She has since taught freshman composition, technical writing, and writing within the sciences at the college-level. In addition to a BA in English and African American Studies, as well as a secondary education certification, she holds an MA in Secondary Administration, a graduate certificate in Composition, and an MA in English.