Department of Middle & Secondary Education and Educational Leadership
Dr. Whitney Wesley
Dr. Wesley joined the Edinboro faculty in 2011 after seven years as a high school math teacher for the Butler Area School District. She most frequently teaches courses in instructional techniques, assessment, and educational research at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She currently serves as the Assistant Chairperson for the Department of Middle & Secondary Education and Educational Leadership and as the co-advisor for Freshman Common Hour and the Middle-level and Secondary Education Club. She recently co-developed the STEM endorsement program along with Dr. Gwen Price and Dr. Joseph Johnson.
Since coming to EU, she has been actively involved with numerous university and department committees and service projects and professional development consultantships with area schools.
Her teaching has been recognized with a 2012 FEEC Educator of the Month Award, a 2015 Dr. Robert C. Webber Honors Program Award for Excellence in Teaching, and with nominations for the EU Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2012 and 2015.
Dr. Wesley’s professional career outside of academia includes serving on the executive boards of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education, the Pennsylvania Professors of Middle Level Education, and the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Western Region). She is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Schools to Watch site visit team.
She enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter and traveling to visit family and friends.
Dr. Heather-Lee M. Baron is an associate professor and the graduate program head for the 20+ Middle & Secondary Education tracks offered at Edinboro University. She received teaching certifications in elementary education and English 9-12. She also received program specialist certifications in Reading and English as a Second Language (ESL). After nine years of teaching reading, serving as a literacy coach, and a district-wide ESL coordinator/teacher for elementary, middle, and secondary students she began her full-time career at Edinboro University in 2010. Dr. Baron earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Reading Education and Linguistics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her specialty areas are language and literacy acquisition/development. She is an avid reader and has personal interests in the outdoors and whole-foods nutrition.
Prior to being appointed as Superintendent of the Wattsburg Area School District in 2013, Mr. Berlin worked as a principal in the Wattsburg and Iroquois School Districts in various positions at the elementary, middle and high school level. Ken also served as the Assistant Director of Educational Programs for the Northwestern Tri-County Intermediate Unit. Mr. Berlin holds a bachelor's degree in Music Education and a master's degree in Education from Edinboro University. In addition, he earned an advanced certification in Educational Administration from Gannon University. Prior to coming to EU, Mr. Berlin served as an Adjunct in Gannon University’s Graduate School of Education. Currently, Ken serves as an Instructor at EU in the Educational Leadership Program and is proud to be teaching at his Alma Mater.
Andy Pushchak came to Edinboro University in 2002, and he currently serves as program head and professor of Educational Leadership. Upon arriving at EU, he was tasked with revising and updating the former School Administration program as well as developing a new Superintendents Letter of Eligibility program. Under his direction, all of the programs became nationally recognized and accredited. He also developed and delivered the first online graduate course in Educational Leadership in 2002.
Based upon his skills and abilities related to revising the Educational Leadership programs, he was selected by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education to lead a team from EU to revise and update the Pennsylvania Standards and Program Guidelines for Principal and Superintendent programs. He secured a $50,000 grant and served as project director to implement the Leadership for Student Achievement Pilot project. He participated in over $100,000 of further grant work related to Principal Leadership and Student Achievement through the following initiatives: Principal’s Leadership Induction Network; Pennsylvania Principal Mentoring Network; and Leadership and Excellence for Administrators in Pennsylvania Schools. He has presented papers and authored journal articles nationally and internationally on topics of Principal Leadership, Teacher Leadership, adult learning and graduate online education.
He serves his community as a member of his local Board of School Directors, a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for Erie’s Public Schools and as coach of many youth athletic teams. Along with his wife and their six children, he is also very active in the local Byzantine Catholic faith community.
Dr. John Ziegler is a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree in Counseling, a second Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision, and a Doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership Studies. Dr. Ziegler served in public education K-12 for 36 years as a teacher, counselor, and school administrator. When not at the university, Dr. Ziegler often visits students conducting principal, supervisor, and superintendent internships.
Dr. Ziegler has published numerous articles for Pennsylvania Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Pennsylvania Elementary and Secondary School Principals, the American School Board Journal, and the Mid-Atlantic Education Review. He was a contributing author for the textbook “Successful Grant Writing for School Leaders” (2012) by Kenneth Henson.
More recently, Dr. Ziegler achieved national distinction when two of his online courses, EDLR 700 Introduction to Educational Leadership and EDUC 788 Research in Education received the Quality Matters (QM) seal of approval. Dr. Ziegler now serves as a certified master reviewer for online course developers seeking national recognition by the QM network and routinely conducts preparatory program reviews for the Pennsylvania's Division of Professional Education and Teacher Quality.
Dr. Ziegler is married and has two children. Jennifer lives on Long Island while Jack loves Colorado. It might sound cliché’ but “Dr. Z.” enjoys what he does, being able to share his experiences with students aspiring to become what he has been makes being an instructor at Edinboro University more worthwhile, more real, and more important.