special education

Georgine Collette

Georgine Collette is the Coordinator of Graduate Programs for Ashland University Columbus Center. She provides program support for all aspects of graduate programming including B+, M.Ed., and Professional Development Services at the Columbus Center. Prior to serving in this role, she served 35 years in public education, all with South-Western City Schools, as a special education teacher, a regular education teacher, the LPDC Facilitator & Staff Developer and Coordinator of Summer Academy. She finished her service there as the Coordinator of Professional Development.

Georgine holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Special Education and completed her Masters in Early & Middle Childhood Education at Ohio State University where she also earned her Supervision Certification. She has also served as an Educational Consultant with the Ohio Department of Education and the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. She served as a State Trainer and Module Developer for the Ohio Resident Educator Program.

Georgine and her husband, Frank, live in Hilliard, Ohio. They are the parents of two daughters, Elizabeth & Maria. Elizabeth just completed her Masters in School Counseling and now works at Bishop Hartley. Maria began graduate school in public health this fall.

Tanzeah Sharpe

Tanzeah Sharpe, Professional Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2006 after having taught as an adjunct instructor for four years. Mrs. Sharpe has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Walsh University, Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood Education from Ashland University and is completing her Ed.D. in Leadership Studies at Ashland University. She has taught a variety of courses for both preschool through primary grade education, and is currently teaching education classes for assessment and evaluation of young children with special needs, early intervention and integration for young children with special needs. Ms. Sharpe is director of the workshop in teaching and intervention.

Maria Sargent

Dr. Maria Sargent teaches Early Childhood undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior intervention and biomedical issues. Dr. Sargent is a nationally recognized expert in early childhood and early intervention. Recently, Dr. Sargent has been asked to write a series of books and a nationwide curriculum on this topic and to develop a line of toys with a neurological base.

Dr. Jason Brent Ellis

Dr. Jason Brent Ellis, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2007. A native of Canada, his research focuses on technology use by students with disabilities in K-16 education, ways of leveling the digital divide through policy and pedagogical interventions, ways of providing access to under-represented and non-traditional students, the creation of sustainable models of education in emerging global economies, and scaffolding in distance education. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Windsor, his Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University, his Specialist degree in Education and Human Growth and Development from Universidade Estácio de Sá in Rio de Janeiro, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto. He has had the privilege of working in the field of education, studying, and living in Canada, Brazil, and the United States of America.

Dr. James Chapple

Dr. James Chapple, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2003. He was a recipient of an Academic Mentor Award in 2009. His areas of expertise include disabilities, working with children with disabilities and including children with disabilities in the general education classroom. Chapple holds a master of science degree from Bowling Green State University, a bachelor of science degree from Miami University and an Ed.D. degree from Ashland University.

Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis

Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, associate professor, holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Abreu-Ellis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University. Her research interests include College students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, Universal Design, and diversity. She has authored or co-authored articles in the following journals: Journal of Developmental Education, Brock Education Journal, Journal of College Orientation and Transition, and Journal of Teaching and Learning. She co-authored a book chapter, The digital divide in disability and education. In C. Vrasidas, M. Zembylas, & G. V. Glass (Eds.), ICT for Education, Development, and Social Justice. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, Inc. Dr. Abreu-Ellis is a member of the NAMI Richland County Board.

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