Faculty and Staff

Donna M. Johnson, Ed.D., Administrative Assistant Professor & Director || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 206 || (504) 865-5334

Office hours: Tuesdays 3:00pm-4:30pm and by appointment

Dr. Johnson, is an educator, administrator, and researcher with a decade of experience in P through 16 - education. She began her teaching career at the renowned Central Park East Secondary School in New York City, one of the nation's first teacher – run schools, and the epicenter of 1990s progressive educational reform and innovation. She then joined the Diversity and Equity Working for Excellent Education for Youth (DEWEY) team at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST). There she served as a leader and technical advisor to district and school personnel in a group of suburban districts undergoing educational reform leading to equitable and excellent schools and improved achievement outcomes for all students, particularly those from historically underserved communities. Johnson served on the development teams for what became the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the New York State Partnership for Learning, and the New Standard's Project. While serving on the latter she contributed to the development of a prototype for the nation's first student portfolio assessment system.  Dr. Johnson spent the next phase of her career working as a teacher, teacher - leader/coach/mentor, school and district leaders, school developer, and as a district trainer/specialist. The New York City Department of Education designated her as being a High Quality Teacher in 2010.

Rodney Watson, M.Ed., Visiting Professor || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 207 || (504) 247-1621

Office hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:00pm-4:30pm and by appointment

Professor Watson has 37 years of education experience as a teacher, administrator, and superintendent in Louisiana Public Schools. As Assistant Superintendent of Education for the State of Louisiana he supervised the development of the state content standards, assessments, and accountability system. Additionally, he provided oversight for the state teacher licensure programs and supervised the state's major federal entitlements including No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). He has also serviced as faculty at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Summer Leadership Academy, certifying school administrators in New York and Massachusetts.

Margaret Dermody, Ph.D., Professor of Practice || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 205 || (504) 247-1620

Office hours: Wednesdays 2:00pm-4:30pm and by appointment

Dr. Dermody has been a faculty member in Literacy Education at both Loyola University and Holy Cross College and served as an Educational Consultant and Instructor at the University of New Orleans where she worked in a family assessment of students with academic and behavioral differences. Her focus areas are urban literacy, emergent literacy, assessment & remediation, and educational technology. Her teaching experiences include kindergarten, elementary, moderate and severe special education, and higher education.

Carol Whelan, Ph.D., Professor of Practice || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 202 || (504) 865-5341

Office hours: Wednesdays 2:30pm-4:30pm and by appointment

Dr. Whelan has served as an assistant state superintendent and state director of technology for Louisiana. She has been a faculty member at both The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and LSU, working with teacher education programs in the area of early childhood education. Her focus areas are early childhood education and educational technology, having worked as an elementary teacher, counselor and testing specialist.

Monique Maheia Hodges, Program Specialist || || 7039 Freret St. Ste. 201 || (504) 865-5342

Mrs. Hodges' primary areas of interest are marketing, accounting and technology maintenance. Her past experience included training staff members and implementing marketing and merchandising directives for major retailers. She is currently assisting with the program’s data management and coordinating marketing plans to recruit students and advertise TPCP to the community and country.


Nancy Adams, Ph. D., Adjunct Lecturer || || 7039 Freret St.

Office hours: By appointment only

Nancy Heausler Adams, Ph.D., earned her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New Orleans, and has since taught early childhood education at UNO, Loyola University, and Delgado Community College.  This is her second time teaching at Tulane's Teacher Preparation and Certification Program.    Dr. Adams has presented at local and national conferences, including NAEYC and ACEI.  She has also been a director of an infant/toddler program and was a teacher of grades 1 to 4 and special education grades 5 to 8.  Dr. Adams is a Tulane alum, graduating in psychology and education.


Maria Sotile DeLouise, Adjunct  Lecturer || || 7039 Freret St.

Office hours: By appointment only

Professor DeLouise earned her B.S. Degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, her Master's degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and her Plus 30 from LSU, Baton Rouge where her focus of study was educational technology and library and information science. She began her teaching career in 1977 teaching 8th grade reading in LA. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school students as well as serving as a high school librarian. She spent 10 years teaching in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (North Carolina) where she taught elementary and middle grades; some of which was gifted education. Professor DeLouise has also been an adjunct at LSU, BR for three years where she taught in the College of Education. Maria worked as a Distinguished Educator for the LA Department of Education for five years before serving the students in LA as an elementary, middle, and high school principal.


Kathy Frady, M.Ed., Adjunct  Lecturer || || 7039 Freret St.

Office hours: Tuesdays 4:30pm-5:30pm in Cudd Hall, room 203

Kathy Frady holds a Master's Degree in Elementary Education with a Specialization in Reading from Ouachita Baptist University with additional graduate hours in Early Childhood Education from the University of New Orleans. She is currently working toward a PhD in Christian Education at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She has taught children and adults in Arkansas, Virginia, Kentucky, and Louisiana. Her research interests include leadership methods of early childhood professionals, preferred learning styles of early childhood educators, and spiritual development issues of young children.


Alicia Elan Harkum || Adjunct Lecturer || || 7039 Freret St.

Office hours: By appointment only

Alicia Elan Harkum teaches Education in a Diverse Society.  She has also taught courses in the History of Education and Educational Equity and Diversity at other universities.  Alicia is a former elementary school teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System.  She is currently a fourth year doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership at New York University.  Her dissertation research centers on ideological policy studies, the (re)production of culture in schools, and queer studies.


Kim Sherman, Ph.D., Adjunct Lecturer || || 7039 Freret St.

Office hours: By appointment only

Dr. Sherman is a school psychologist in Plaquemines Parish, where she provides academic and behavior consultation, intervention, and evaluation services. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on school-based intervention topics. She received her PhD in school psychology from the University of Rhode Island, where she taught developmental psychology and psychopathology courses while completing research on violence prevention and empathy. Dr. Sherman received the 2013 School Psychologist of the Year award from the Louisiana School Psychological Association.


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