Faculty and Staff

Sharon Gieselmann

Dr. Sharon Gieselmann

Associate Professor/Department Chair/Education

Graves Hall 304

Dr. Sharon Gieselmann is an associate professor in the School of Education. Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, Dr. Gieselmann served as an elementary school principal, elementary school teacher, and staff developer. She also provided professional development to schools in the south and Midwest as a literacy coach and area manager for The McGraw Hill Companies. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern Indiana, a master's degree in education with an emphasis in elementary education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of Louisville. Dr. Gieselmann also has teaching endorsements in Gifted Education and school administrative credentials from Western Kentucky University. Dr. Gieselmann was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and is listed on the School of Education’s Honor Wall for exemplary contributions to the field of education.

Dr. Gieselmann’s research interests include social justice issues in public schools. Her work has been shared at conferences in Moscow, Russia, Paris, France; and Brighton, United Kingdom. Dr. Gieselmann’s most recent work is included in two books for aspiring administrators in university preparation programs, Quandaries of the Small-District Superintendency and Snapshots of School Leadership in the 21st Century; Perils and Promises of Leading for Social Justice, School Improvement, and Democratic Community.
Davies Bellamy

Dr. Davies Bellamy

Associate Professor/Education

Graves Hall 318

Dr. Davies Bellamy is an associate professor in the School of Education. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, he was recruited to play soccer for the University of Evansville in 1978. He graduated from UE with a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1982, and a master's degree in community counseling in 1984. From 1984 to 1987, he served as director of residence life and co-director of minority affairs at UE. After completing his doctoral course work in counseling psychology at Indiana State University in 1991, he returned to the University of Evansville as a member of the faculty in the counseling program. He served as director of the counseling program from 1992 to 1996. Dr. Bellamy was the recipient of the Exemplary Teacher Award from the United Methodist Church in 1999. He is currently a state co-sponsor of the Indiana Student Education Association (ISEA), and the sponsor of UE's award-winning ISEA chapter.
George Iber

Dr. George Iber

Associate Professor/Education

Graves Hall 319

Dr. George Iber, received his PhD in social foundations of education from The University of Iowa in 1992. Originally a High School English and Spanish teacher, he became interested in Teaching English as a Second Language through his students, many of whom were not native speakers of English. Throughout his twenty plus years of experience in higher education, his faculty responsibilities have taken him to Belize, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Jamaica, Ecuador and Malaysia; as well as conferences in China, Indonesia, and Cambodia. He was a recipient of a State Department Senior English Language Fellowship and spent 10 months working with the Ministry of Education in Malaysia in 2013-2014.

Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the University of Evansville, School of Education. His interests include teacher training, teaching English to speakers of other languages, international education, and incorporating holistic education methods to create a healthier and more compassionate world.
Matthew Knoester

Dr. Matthew Knoester

Associate Professor/Education

Graves Hall 323

Matthew Knoester is a National Board Certified Teacher and former teacher at the Mission Hill School in Boston, founded by Deborah Meier. Currently he is an associate professor of education at the University of Evansville. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College, Master of Education from Harvard University, and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also supervised student teachers and taught courses in the teacher preparation program.

His research focuses on purposes of education in a democracy, innovative approaches to literacy and social studies, educational assessment, and social contexts of education. His work has appeared in journals such as American Journal of Education, Educational Policy, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Journal of Literacy Research, Journal of Research in Reading, and Race Ethnicity and Education, and he is the author or editor of three books: Democratic Education in Practice: Inside the Mission Hill School (Teachers College Press), International Struggles for Critical Democratic Education (Peter Lang), and Teaching in Themes: An Approach to Schoolwide Learning, Creating Community, and Differentiating Instruction (co-edited with Deborah Meier and Katherine Clunis D'Andrea, Teachers College Press). His fourth book, under contract with Teachers College Press, will be co-authored with Deborah Meier and is on the topic of educational assessment. At UE, he has taught courses such as Advanced Study in Assessment, Corrective Reading, Literacy and Language Arts for Elementary Teachers, Elementary Social Studies Methods, Reading and Writing in the Content Areas, Senior Seminar, Applied Educational Inquiry and Classroom Research, a comparative education course based at Harlaxton College and supervision of student teachers and interns in the elementary teacher preparation program.
Mary Lombardo-Graves

Dr. Mary Lombardo-Graves

Assistant Professor/Education

Graves Hall 321

Dr. Mary M. Lombardo-Graves, assistant professor of education, completed her doctoral studies at Northern Illinois University, earning an Ed. D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in Curriculum Leadership. She received her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, Illinois.

Before joining the University of Evansville School of Education, Dr. Lombardo-Graves taught undergraduate and graduate level coursework at Northern Illinois University and Aurora University for candidates seeking initial teacher certification in Special Education and provided field supervision for pre-service special education interns and student teachers.

Prior to her involvement in higher education, Dr. Lombardo-Graves taught in both regular and special education classrooms in McHenry, Illinois and in Johnsburg, Illinois. During this period, Dr. Lombardo-Graves served on the Professional Development Committee and was the literacy coach and instructional reading coordinator at McHenry Middle School.

At the University of Evansville, Dr. Lombardo-Graves manages the special education coursework for candidates seeking special education licensure and she is the coordinator for the special education internship program. She supervises interns and student teachers and is the faculty sponsor for both the Best Buddies program and the Indiana Student Education Association. In addition, Dr. Lombardo-Graves serves on the University of Evansville Interdisciplinary Studies, Outstanding Educator, and Admissions and Standards committees.
Amy McBride

Dr. Amy McBride

Assistant Professor/Education

Graves Hall 316

Dr. Amy McBride is an assistant professor of education and coordinator of the Elementary Education Junior Internship. Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, Dr. McBride taught fifth grade in Iowa for twelve years. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education with an English major and secondary education endorsement from the University of Iowa, her master's degree in effective teaching from Drake University, and her doctorate in elementary education and math education from Indiana State University. As the coordinator for the junior year internship program, Dr. McBride is proud of her working relationship with the local and regional school systems. In fact, her involvement with the schools has extended into a state research project that helps teachers develop strategies to meet the state standards and improve test scores. Named the 2004 University of Evansville Outstanding Teacher of the Year, winner of the 2002 United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award, and recipient of the 1999-2000 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Dr. McBride excels in developing outstanding future educators at the University of Evansville.
Leanne Nayden

Ms. Leanne Nayden

Lecturer, Coordinator of Student Teaching

Graves Hall 307B

Leanne Nayden, lecturer of education, earned both her undergraduate (English with minors in Biology and Theatre) and graduate degrees from the University of Evansville; she is also certified in Gifted and Talented Education. She taught English for 33 years at Harrison High School here in Evansville and she was the English department chair at Harrison from 1987 until her retirement in 2001. While at Harrison, she also served as Speech Coach, National Honor Society Advisor, Drama Coach, and Student Council Advisor, as well as the chairperson for numerous accreditation and Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation committees. Ms. Nayden is an award-winning Shakespearean scholar and accomplished writer; she has been a frequent workshop presenter in the fields of curriculum writing, flexible scheduling, alternative assessments, teaching to standards, and composition skills development.


Jeannette Oakley

Mrs. Jeannette Oakley

Director/Education Services and Tapley Education Resource and Multimedia Center

Graves Hall 243

Jeannette Oakley is the Director of Education Services and the Tapley Education Resource and Multimedia Center for the School of Education. Jeannette received a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University with a major in Speech Pathology and Audiology and a minor in Deaf Education. After completing additional coursework at UE, she received state licensure allowing her to teach children with learning disabilities, which she did in Warrick County for several years. She was employed at UE in 2001 in the Registrar’s Office and left the position of Associate Registrar to move to the School of Education in the fall of 2008.

Jeannette received a Master of Science degree from the University of Evansville in 2003, with a major of Public Service Administration. Her position with the School of Education includes working with student teacher placement and assisting students with state licensure. In addition, she is responsible for maintaining the smooth operation of the Tapley Center on the second floor in Graves Hall, ordering and cataloging new books and materials for the Center, and assisting College of Education and Health Sciences students as much as possible.


Mrs. Lisa Toelle

Mrs. Lisa Toelle

Senior Administrative Assistant-School of Education
Graves Hall 304

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