Special Education Faculty and Staff

Special Education Faculty and Staff


Alma George, department secretary

Darlene E. Perner, professor

    Navy 127 | 570-389-4075 | dperner@bloomu.edu
    Education: B.A., Knox College; M.S., M.Ed., State University of New York at Buffalo; Ed.D., University of British Columbia
    Interests: Inclusive education, differentiated instruction, collaborative teaching, alternate assessments.

Robin Drogan, graduate programs coordinator, associate professor

    Navy Hall 125 | 570-389-4877 | rdrogan@bloomu.edu
    Education: B.S., University of Maryland; M.S., Bloomsburg University; Ph.D., Lehigh University
    Interests: Team collaboration including teacher involvement, family participation, and peer support, meeting the needs of students in inclusive settings, tiered behavioral and academic supports for students, and prevention intervention strategies for young children.

Stephanie Gardner, assistant professor

    Navy Hall 126 | 570-389-4095 | sgardner@bloomu.edu
    Education: B.S. in Special Education from Penn State University, M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University, Ph.D. in Special Education from Penn State University.
    Interests: Best practices in teacher preparation and student teaching supervision as well as effective instructional practices for students with developmental disabilities, including video technology interventions, certified QPR instructor and values opportunities to provide training in this suicide prevention strategy to the Bloomsburg University community through the McDowell Institute.

Timothy Knoster, Executive Director of the McDowell Institute, professor

    Navy Hall 216 | 570-389-4081 | tknoster@bloomu.edu
    Education: B.S., M.S., Bloomsburg University; Ed.S., Ed.D., Lehigh University
    Interests: Positive behavior intervention and support for children and adults, interagency collaboration in tandem with inclusive school practices and reforms.

Brooke Lylo, associate professor

    Navy Hall 124 | 570-389-5152 | blylo@bloomu.edu
    Education: B.S.,Grove City College; M.S., The Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
    Interests:Teacher preparation and the use of effective instructional and assessment procedures; Self-regulation techniques for students and teachers.

Yanhui Pang, professor

    Navy Hall 122 | 570-389-4031 | ypang@bloomu.edu
    Education: B.S., Beijing University of Science and Technology; M.S., Renmin University of China; Ph.D., Tennessee Technological University
    Interests: Family roles in early intervention, cross-cultural study of quality of early childhood education and transition.

Carolyn Reid-Brown, assistant professor

    Navy Hall 123 | 570-389-5105 | creid@bloomu.edu
    Education: Dip. Ed. In Special Education (Learning Disabilities), B.Ed. in Special Education (Assessment), MSc in Curriculum & Instruction, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction.
    Interests: Engaging Project-Based Learning for students with learning disabilities in the areas of science, Self-Directed Learning Readiness in middle and high school students.

Johan W. van der Jagt, assistant professor

    Navy Hall 116 | 570-389-5192 | jvanderj@bloomu.edu
    Education: B.A., M.Ed., Western Maryland College/McDaniel College; Ph.D., Southern University and A & M. College–Baton Rouge
    Interests: human development, learning theory; neuropsychologically-based reading and language interventions; memory; cognition; perception; intergenerational relationships and interventions.

Maureen Walsh, department chair, associate professor

    Navy Hall 106 | 570-389-5366 | mwalsh@bloomu.edu
    Education: B.S., Kutztown University; M.S., East Stroudsburg University; Ph.D., Marywood University
    Interests: Co-teaching, classroom management, self-determination, parental involvement, transition, medical/physical disabilities.

Walter Zilz, assistant professor

    Navy Hall 113 | 570-389-4072 | wzilz@bloomu.edu
    Education: B.A., Southern Illinois University; M.Ed., Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University.
    Interests: Legal issues, emotional supports, behavioral modification, teacher preparation.