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Candice McQeen
Dean of the College of Education
Founding Director of the Ayers Institute for Teacher Learning and Innovation

Associate Professor of Education

B.S. - Lipscomb University
M.Ed. - Vanderbilt University
Ph.D. - University of Texas
American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education Board of Directors, 2013 - 2016
Inaugural Leadership Tennessee Class, 2013 - 2014
2008 Lipscomb University Outstanding Teacher Award
U.S. Department of Justice literacy grant
Grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Professional Experience
Teaching experience in Texas public schools and in a private middle school
Supervised student teachers for the University of Texas
Assistant instructor of reading and writing methods at the University of Texas, Austin
Vanderbilt University adjunct professor in reading methods
Professional Information
State Boards:
First to the Top Advisory Board for Commissioner of Education
Common Core State Standards Leadership Council K-12, Liaison for Higher Education
Institutes of Higher Education Common Core State Standards Advisory Board
Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Executive Committee, Government Day-on-the-Hill Chairman
Learning Forward National Conference Host Planning Committee, 2014
Local Boards:
PENCIL Foundation Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Treasurer
STARS Board of Directors
Mayor's Office NashvilleNext Education and Youth Resource Team
LEAD Academy Board of Directors
Metro-Nashville Public Schools Strategic Compensation Steering Committee


Deborah Boyd
Associate Dean, College of Education
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Education

B.A., M.A., Ed.S. - Middle Tennessee State University
Ed.D.- Tennessee State University
Awards or Honors
National Leadership Council for Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Professional Experience
20 years teaching in Tennessee public schools
5 years in school administration in public schools
Executive director of curriculum and instruction at the Tennessee Department of Education
Associate executive director for P-16 initiatives at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Director of Tennessee’s Gear-Up program at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Carole English
Director of Teacher Education and Assessment
Associate Professor of Education


Ed.D., School Administration, George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University
M.A., Education, Tennessee Technological University
B.S., Elementary Education, Tennessee Polytechnic Institute

Peabody Principal Fellow
Career III Principal

Professional Experience
Foreign Expert, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Hankow Branch, Wuhan, China, 2001
Interim Director of Elementary/Early Childhood Student Teaching, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, 1999 – 2000
Supervisor of Student Teachers/Math Science Practicum, Peabody College, 1999 - 2000; 1997 – 1998
Career Ladder Evaluator, Administrator/Supervisor Program, Tennessee Department of Education, 1996 – 1997
Principal, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, 1985 - 1996
Consultant, School Recognition Program, U.S. Department of Education, 1987 – 1988

Professional Information
Site Visitor/Review Panelist, School Recognition Program, U.S. Department of Education, 1986 – 1990
Member, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)
Member, Phi Delta Kappa, 1985
Charter Member, Donelson-Hermitage chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, honorary sorority for women educators, 1976

Dr. Nina Jones Morel
Interim Dean, College of Professional Studies


B.A. - Lipscomb University
M.Ed. - Tennessee State University
Ed.D. -  Tennessee State University 


Miken Family Foundation National Educator Award
Graduate Research Award 

Professional Experience
Title III Director and Instructional Coordinator for ELL and Accountability, Sumner County Schools, 2007 - 2011
Facilitator, Instructional Coaching Program, Sumner County Schools, 2009 - present
Coordinator, Pre-K Program, Sumner County Schools, 2007 - present
Supervisor, Instructional Materials Center, Sumner County Board of Education, 2006 - 2007
Teacher, Hendersonville High School, 2001 - 2006
Teacher, Shafer Middle School, 1998 - 2001
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Middle Tennessee State University, 1996 - 1998
Teacher, Gallatin Middle School, 1992 - 1994
Instructor, Tennessee State University, Department of Remedial and Developmental Education, 1988 - 1992
Acting Executive Director, Tennessee State Employees Association, 1987
Communication Director/Lobbyist Acting Executive Director, Tennessee State Employees Association, 1986 - 1988
Professional Information

Phi Delta Kappa
Learning Forward

Interesting Information

Author of How to Build an Instructional Coaching Program for Maximum Capacity (with Carla Staton Cushman), published by Corwin Press.

Hank Staggs
Director for M.Ed. Educational Leadership and M.Ed. Off-campus Cohorts
Associate Professor of Education

-- Ed.D., Administration/Supervision, Tennessee State University
-- M.Ed., Curriculum/Instruction, Freed-Hardeman University
-- B.S., Mathematics, Freed-Hardeman University

Highly Effective Principal, Tennessee Department of Education, 2011
Principal Core Coach, Tennessee Department of Education, 2012

Professional Experience
Principal, Franklin Special School District, 2005 – 2012
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Educational Administration, Tennessee State Unversity, 2008 – 2012
Principal, Goodpasture Christian School, 1997 – 2005
Math Teacher, Goodpasture Christian School, 1995 – 1997
Math and Bible Teacher, Jackson Christian School, 1993 – 1995

Professional Information
Member, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Member, Professional Educators of Tennessee
Tennessee Professional Administrator License PK-12
Tennessee Professional Teaching License Mathematics 7-12
Tennessee Certified TEAM Evaluator

Research Information
Dissertation: “The impact of academic eligibility requirements on student achievement as perceived by coaches, teachers, and students”  
“Does your teaching build people?” Christian Bible Teacher


Junior High
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor of Education

B.A. – Lipscomb University
M.Ed. – Middle Tennessee State University
Ed.D. – Trevecca Nazarene University
Project Demonstrating Excellence 2001
Lipscomb University Distinguished Alumnus from College of Education 1999
Professional Experience
Taught in public elementary schools – 11 years
Assistant principal of elementary school – 2 years
Principal of elementary school – 18 years
Interesting information
High teaches a class with Lipscomb students in an Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The students work with the Indian People, study their culture and explore their land.
High is also a certified trainer for the Stephen Covey Seven Habits of Highly Effective People


Karen Marklein
Program Director for Professional Learning

-- Masters in Educational Leadership, Bethel University
-- Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification, Middle Tennessee State University
-- M.A., British Literature, Middle Tennessee State University
-- B.A., English, University of Tennessee at Martin

Cum Laude, University of Tennessee at Martin

Professional Experience
P.A.C.E. Facilitator, Sumner County School, 2011 – 2012
Instructional Coach, Sumner County Schools, 2009 – 2011
Dual Enrollment English Instructor, Volunteer State Community College, 2007 – 2009
English Teacher, Beech High School, 1995 – 2009

Professional Information
Co-presenter, TEAM Recertification Practitioner-Trainer, 2012
Co-presenter, LEAD Conference, 2012
Session Leader, New Teacher Academy, 2011
Session leader, TEAM Training, 2011
Session co-presenter, LEAD Conference, 2010
Session co-presenter, LEAD Conference, 2009

Interesting Information
Designed and delivered a model ELA Common Core Lesson for the current student teachers in the program at Lipscomb University, 2012


Keith Nikolaus
Professor of Education

B.A. – Lipscomb University
M.Ed., Ed.D. – Tennessee State University
Professional Experience
Taught 6th grade at a private School – 6 years
Director of David Lipscomb Campus School -- 11 years
Curriculum Coordinator for David Lipscomb Campus School -- 1 year
Also worked part-time as a minister


Marcia Stewart
Professor of Education

B.A. – Lipscomb University
M.Ed., Ed.D. – Vanderbilt University

Delta Kappa Gamma grant for intercultural literacy

John Williams Baker Summer Fellowship Award for manifesting excellence
Professional Experience
Fourth grade teacher at a Tennessee private school – 1 year
Teaching assistant and research assistant at Vanderbilt University, Nashville metro schools – 3 years
Preschool teacher – 2 years
Interesting information
Has presented at these national conferences: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), International Reading Association (IRA), Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Coordinates a local FriendSpeak program which promotes conversation English skills for non-native English speakers

Carrie Thornthwaite
Professor of Education
B.A. - Wheaton College
M.Ed. - Trevecca Nazarene College
Ed.D. - Vanderbilt University
HCA Teacher Award 1990
Glencliff High School Teacher of the Year 1998
Tennessee Teacher of the Week 1990
Professional Experience
Professor at Lipscomb University - 12 years
Physics and geometry teacher in Nashville public schools - 10 years
Science teacher in a New York private school
Mathematics teacher  in a Maine private school
Interesting Information
Swim coach for Nashville Aquatic Club and summer leagues for 9 years