Early Childhood and Reading Department
Dr. Mary Jo Melvin
Lisa Brightman came to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1994 after eight years of teaching in various public schools in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Since coming to EU, she has served as the Assistant Chair for the Early Childhood/Reading Department, procured several grants involving technology, online learning and curriculum development. She currently teaches methods courses in the areas of science and child development as well as supervises students in field placements. She is actively involved in the Freshman Initiative serving several years on the committee as well as heading the Freshman Common Hour for her department.
Her professional career outside of academia includes serving as the secretary in the READ Council board located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, co-chair for the Chocoholic Frolic, an annual fundraiser for the READ program and teaches religious education at her local parish.
Family is an important aspect of her life. This includes her husband, three children and two dogs. She enjoys spending time outdoors running, hiking and spending time with family gathered around a campfire.
Dr. Kathleen Dailey has been a professor at Edinboro University since 1985. She currently serves within the Department of Early Childhood Education and Reading as a professor of undergraduate and graduate literacy courses and as the Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence. Dr. Dailey has certifications in Elementary Education and Reading and a Doctor of Education degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her experiences include 16 years of early childhood classroom experience, teaching preschool, kindergarten, and first grade at the former Edinboro University Miller School and at Our Lady of Peace School in Erie. She has served as a literacy consultant for local school districts and currently serves as a national peer reviewer of online courses through the Quality Matters program. Dr. Dailey's research interests include quality of online course design and reflective teaching practices, with a recent publication: "R-E-F-L-E-C-T: Looking into the Mirror at the Processes of Reflective Teaching Practices" (2014) and presentations on the topic with the International Literacy Association, Keystone State Reading Association, and the Erie Reading Council. She is also a peer reviewer for the journal, Pennsylvania Reads, a publication of the Keystone State Reading Association.
Heather A. Kenny earned her Master of Education and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo, having been awarded a University Fellowship by that institution, and recognized twice as the Outstanding Graduate in Curriculum and Instruction. She joined the Edinboro University faculty in 2009, and teaches graduate and undergraduate literacy courses in the School of Education.
Dr. Kenny has an active scholarship and research agenda. She has co-authored two books, written journal articles and curriculum, and is a contributing author to “The Sage Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education” (in press). She has presented original research at international, national, and state level conferences; traveled extensively across North America, providing professional development to educators, school administrators and support staff; and co-authored online professional learning courses which were developed in connection with the Ohio Department of Education.
Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Kenny spent over 15 years as a professional educator, serving as a classroom teacher, teacher-trainer, professional development facilitator, educational consultant and advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Since joining the EU faculty, Dr. Kenny has been very active in service to the university and to the broader educational community. She has served as Graduate Program Head of Reading, Reading Clinic Coordinator, literacy consultant, literacy intervention specialist, curriculum reviewer and expert reviewer.
Dr. Kenny’s professional and research interests include instructional practices related to foundational literacy skills, the professional development of teachers, and the affordances of online learning environments.
Karen Wise Lindeman, Ph.D, assistant professor of early childhood education and the graduate program head for the master’s degree in early childhood has nearly 20 years of teaching experience in the private and public sector. Dr. Lindeman has worked as a teacher of the deaf, kindergarten teacher, early intervention specialist, educational sign language interpreter and preschool director. She holds teaching certifications in Pennsylvania, New York and Minnesota and currently maintains a case load for Chautauqua County Early Intervention, servicing infants/toddlers with a hearing loss and their families. Before coming to Edinboro University, she was a tenure-track assistant professor at State University of New York (SUNY) at Fredonia.
Dr. Lindeman teaches courses in play, child development, social studies methods and American Sign Language (ASL) in the undergraduate program and curriculum and assessment courses in the graduate program at EU. Her research interests include creating developmentally appropriate practices for very young children by way of active engagement, authentic assessment and the inclusion of children with special needs. She is an advocate for young children and their families.
Dr. Lindeman presents yearly at national conferences and has published several times for Odyssey: New Directions in Deaf Education (Gallaudet University Press) and Young Children (National Association for the Education of Young Children). She is the co-editor of Connections, the bi-yearly publication of the Play, Policy and Practice interest forum. Her publications on RTI in PreK (NAEYC) and STE(A)M for young children (Emerald Press) are cited frequently in the field.
Dr. Kristin Webber joined the faculty at Edinboro University in 2012 after serving 18 years as a K-12 classroom teacher. Since coming to Edinboro University, she has assumed the position of program head for the Graduate Reading Program where she oversees the Reading Specialist program and coordinates the Reading Clinical held every summer. She teaches undergraduate courses in the Early Childhood program as well as graduate courses in the Reading program.
Dr. Webber keeps an active scholarly agenda. She regularly presents at state and national conferences including the International Literacy Association’s Annual Convention. Her articles have appeared in publications such as Educational Leadership, Ohio Journal for English Language Arts, and the Ohio Reading Teacher. She is a contributing author for the Technology in Literacy Education blog that appears in Reading Online Today (www.reading.org) and serves as an associate editor for the Ohio Reading Teacher.
With her husband and their two teenage children, family activities are an important part of her life. In addition to being a dance mom and a soccer mom, she is an officer of the Badger Athletic Boosters, the Badger Cheerleading Boosters, and the Joseph Badger Soccer Organization.