Carol Whelan, Ph.D., is currently a Senior Professor of Practice in the Tulane Teacher Certification Program and has been with Tulane for ten years. She also serves as the Paul Tudor Jones II Endowed Professor in Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to coming to Tulane, Carol worked for the Louisiana Department of Education serving as Assistant Superintendent and Director of Educational Technology. Her earlier experiences include professor in the College of Education at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette for ten years, and teacher, counselor and administrator in the Jefferson Parish Public School System for 16 years.
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.
Vicki Templet, Ed.D., earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Southeastern Louisiana University and her baccalaureate of science in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. She has been an elementary teacher, literacy coach, and certified reading interventionist in Ascension Parish. She has also been an instructional data coach in East Baton Rouge Parish.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Shannon L. Blady, Ph.D has been an educator for fourteen years at the elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. She is an active member in the National Writing Project and the National Council of Teachers of English. Her research includes Multiliteracies Pedagogy, literacy development, writing instruction and feedback, and critical pedagogy.
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