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Richard Ambrose, Ph.DAssociate Professor 404 White Hall
Area: TLC - ECDE - CIrambrose@kent.edu
Brian BachtelPart-time Faculty
Area: TLC - CTTEbbachte1@kent.edu
I am currently serving as the Kent City Schools Director of Career Technical Education. I am a past president of the Ohio Association for Career Technical Education and the Career Based Intervention Board of Directors.
Genevieve Davis, Ph.DAssociate Professor 404 White Hall
Area: TLC - ECDE - CIgdavis@kent.edu
My academic work has always been driven by my interest and enjoyment in mathematics. I received a B.A. in Mathematics and Education from Bethany College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut where I studied Child Development, Mathematics, and Special Education. Before KSU, I taught Mathematics at Annhurst College in Connecticut and middle school in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Netherlands. I began my tenure track position at KSU in 1990 and in 1993-1994 I took a leave to teach sixth grade and consult in mathematics at the International School of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. During that year, I was a contributing writer of the International Schools' Curriculum Project in Mathematics - which was the precursor to the Mathematics Primary Years Programme International Baccalaureate (IB-PYP). I have traveled to China, South Africa, and Russia visiting universities and schools to study international approaches to education and research. I have also collaborated with educators in Istanbul, Turkey and Oxford, England. My research interests are focused on mathematics education and the professional development of pre-service and in-service teachers; and how mathematical concepts are constructed. From 2006-2009 I served as a Co-PI with Dr. Trish Koontz on a Math Science Partnership (MSP) Ohio Math Academy Program (OMAP) Grant with grades 3-6 teachers. I have published a book [Pearson/Prentice Hall][ with Dr. J. David Keller, Teaching Science and Mathematics in a Child's World (2009).
Andrew Gilbert, Ph.DAssociate Professor 404 White Hall
Area: TLC - ECDE - MCED - CIagilber1@kent.edu
Dr. Andrew Gilbert taught for four years in the Washington DC metro area before pursuing his PhD at New Mexico State University. While in New Mexico, he worked extensively in K-8 classrooms developing and teaching innovative approaches to science with children. He has been teaching Early and Middle Childhood Science at Kent State University since the fall of 2003. He also teaches graduate courses in several program areas at KSU. His research looks at the complex issues involved in enacting science in the classroom context. These research topics represent a range of issues that include: inquiry-based science teaching, social justice and equity, the separation of theory and practice, and international education. His work has been published in various outlets including: Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Curriculum Inquiry, Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy and Early Childhood Research and Practice.
Dr. Sandra Pech, M.S.Assistant Professor E128 Founders Hall
Area: TLC - ECDEspech@kent.edu
Following graduation from Heidelberg College in 1983 my educational career began with 10 years of teaching in the Alliance City Schools, Alliance, Ohio. During those ten years, I had the opportunity to teach second graders through fifth graders in various combinations. In 1987 I received my Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Akron University. The arrival of our first child and my husbands’ work related transfer to North Carolina in 1994 lead to my involvement with infants through 5 year olds in a preschool setting where I was the director of a Mother’s Morning Out program. After returning to Ohio in 1999, I taught at the preschool level for two years and later was invited to become a supervisor for Kent State University’s Early Childhood Education program where I facilitated college students who were completing their student teaching at the pre-k and primary levels. Following six years of supervising, I decided to pursue a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction in order to return to the classroom as an educator. I was a graduate assistant, and an instructor until my graduation in May 2010.
I am currently an assistant professor for Kent State University at Tuscarawas and am the coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) program in early childhood education. I began as the coordinator of the program when the 4 year BSE was added to the 2-year associate's degree during the fall of 2009.
My research interests include curriculum development in the primary grades and inquiry based learning. I am interested in the integration of content as well as teacher-student interactions that support both the academic and social-emotional interactions at the primary grade level.