Dr. Brenda A. Priddy, Ed.D.
Dean, Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs
Office: EB 107A
Priddy is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and currently resides in
Elizabethtown with her husband, Lewis, who is also in the education
profession. Dr. Priddy earned a B.A. degree in English from the
University of Kentucky; a M.A. degree in Secondary Education with an
emphasis in English from Morehead State University; a Rank I in
Educational Administration with certification for supervision,
principalship, and the superintendency; and an Ed.D. in Educational
Leadership from Western Kentucky University and the University of
Louisville. Dr. Priddy has two grown sons, Michael who lives in Hong
Kong, China and Shawne who lives in Fredericksburg, VA.
Dr. Priddy taught English at all grade levels, 7-12, at Owen County
High School and served as department chair and gifted education
director at the high school. Additionally, she served as the sponsor of
the school newspaper, cheerleading squads, and the drill team. She has
also worked for the Kentucky Department of Education at two different
points in her career. First, as staff development consultant/director
and then as a Distinguished Educator, assisting schools in improving
their performance on the state assessment.
Dr. Priddy’s career included service in the administrative positions of
Instructional Supervisor and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
with the Elizabethtown Independent Schools and as principal at LaRue
County Middle School.
She is an alumni of Leadership Elizabethtown and the Kentucky Education
Leadership Institute and maintains membership in Phi Delta Kappa, Phi
Kappa Phi, Kentucky Retired Teachers Association, and the Kentucky
Association of School Administrators. She is a lifetime member of the
University of Kentucky Alumni Association. Her awards include: Jaycees
Outstanding Young Educator Award, KASA Outstanding Leadership Award;
and, Rotarian of the Year Award.
Her scholarly interests include curriculum and professional
development, research-based best instructional practices, instructional
leadership, and school-based decision making.
Dr. Lisa Allen
Office: EB 126
Dr. Lisa Allen graduated from Asbury College in 1988 with a BS in English Secondary Education. She continued her education at Western Kentucky University where she earned her MA in Education in 1991, a Rank I in Secondary Guidance Counseling in 1993, and a Rank IA in Instructional Supervision for K-12 in 2003. From there she went to the University of Kentucky where she graduated in 2009 with a doctorate in Instruction and Administration through the Educational Leadership Program.
Dr. Allen began her teaching career in 1988 at Nelson County High School where she taught English for seven years and then was a guidance counselor for the next 16 years. During her tenure, she chaired the English Department, the Guidance Department, and the curriculum committee. She also served as a member of the site-based decision making council and the president of the Nelson County Education Association. She joined the faculty at Campbellsville University in 2011. Currently she is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the National Association for Alternative Certification, and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association. She is also a member of Parkway Baptist Church where she teaches Sunday School in the youth program.
Dr. Allen resided in Bardstown, Kentucky with her husband Jay and their children, Trey and Lori. She grew up in Ravenswood, West Virginia with her parents Paul and Margaret Scites and her sister PJ Burns. Her mother is a 36 year veteran teacher and media specialist of the public schools in West Virginia, and her sister has taught in Kentucky public schools for 19 years.
Assistant Professor and Student Teaching Coordinator
Office: EB 110
Susan Blevins is an Assistant Professor and Student Teaching Coordinator at Campbellsville University. She has served as adjunct for the School of Education along with supervising and placing student teachers for the past two years. She lives in Campbellsville with her two daughters Anne Russell and Taylor. Anne Russell Blevins is an education student at CU majoring in health and physical education and her youngest daughter Taylor is an 8th grader at Taylor County Middle School.
Ms. Blevins earned her undergraduate degree from Campbellsville College in elementary education and secondary mathematics. She received her Master's and Rank I degree from Western Kentucky University in guidance and instructional supervision. Susan has recently completed her course work for a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Capella University and is presently working on her dissertation.
Susan Blevins is a retired teacher from Taylor County Schools where she taught middle and high school math. Ms. Blevins enjoys playing the piano, reading, and staying involved with her girls' activities. She is the cheerleading coordinator for Upward at Campbellsville Baptist Church as well as serves as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life. Her favorite quote is "whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well."
Office: EB 114
Office: EB 113
Phone: 270- 789-5090
Mrs. Davis is an Assistant Professor of Education at Campbellsville University. She joined the faculty of the School of Education in August 2001and teaches the Introduction to Education, Reading Methodology, and Children’s Literature courses in the undergraduate program. She lives in Campbellsville with her husband, Rick Davis, who teaches at Green County High School and works with youth athletics. Currently, he serves as head coach for the GCHS Baseball team and head coach of the GCHS Lady Dragons Golf team.
Mrs. Davis earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky and a M.A. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Campbellsville University. She continued graduate studies and earned a Rank I in Gifted and Talented Education from Campbellsville University. She is currently a doctoral candidate pursing coursework for a PhD in Professional Studies from Capella University.
Currently, she maintains professional memberships in the Kentucky Reading Association, the International Reading Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Kentucky Association of Gifted Education. She has also worked in various capacities with the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program.
Mrs. Davis has been actively involved with many local community organizations in many different roles, such as the past president of the Business & Professional Women’s Club, BPW/Kentucky Board of Directors, Taylor County Jr. Miss Board of Directors, Leadership Campbellsville/Taylor County, past president of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association South Central Kentucky region, and the Kentucky Women’s Leadership Network.
Beverly Ennis, Ph. D
Associate Professor of Education
Office: EB 111
Phone: 270- 789-5174
Dr. Ennis is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at
Campbellsville University. She resides in Greensburg with her husband,
Dr. Larry Ennis, who also is in the education profession. Dr. Ennis
earned a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Campbellsville College; a M.A.
degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in history from Western
Kentucky University; a Rank I in Guidance Counseling as well as
additional certification as an Instructional Supervisor from Western
Kentucky University; and completed a PhD from the University of
Louisville in December 2007. Ms. Ennis has two daughters, Jackie who
serves in the Space Command at Peterson Air force Base in Colorado
Springs, and Jamie who works for The American Heart Association and
lives in Lexington. She has one granddaughter, Shelby.
Dr. Ennis retired from the Campbellsville Independent School
District after having been a mathematics teacher, high school guidance
counselor, and supervisor of instruction. She also worked as an
associate for the Center for School Safety by providing guidance to
school districts beginning alternative programs.
She is an alumnus of Leadership Kentucky, Leadership
Campbellsville/Taylor County, and Leadership Greensburg/Green County.
Her awards include: Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Educator, FHA
Outstanding Administrator of the Year, and Business and Professional
Woman’s-Woman of the Year. She served many years on the Campbellsville
City Council and was Mayor-Pro Tem.
Carolyn A. Garrison, Ed.D.
Professor and Assessment Coordinator
Office: EB 101
Phone: 270- 789-5284
Carolyn A. Garrison is a Professor in the School of
Education at Campbellsville University. She teaches courses in the
undergraduate and graduate programs.
She has been a faculty member at the university since 1973, and has
primarily taught in the elementary and middle grades programs. Courses
she has taught or is teaching include Reading and Language Arts for
both P-5 and middle grades, Middle Grades Literature, Math and Science,
Social Studies, Classroom Management, the introductory education
course, Instructional Technology, Reading Theory for the online special
education program, Curriculum Theory for the MAE program and two basic
studies courses, Study Skills and Improving Reading Proficiency. She
also supervises student teachers and serves on internship committees.
Originally from eastern Kentucky, she graduated from Berea College
with a B.A. in Elementary Education and from Eastern Kentucky
University with a M.A. in Elementary Education with an emphasis in
Reading. She has an Ed. D. from the University of Kentucky in
curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in reading. In addition,
she has taken courses at Western Kentucky University, the University of
Missouri, Drake University and Arizona State University. She is a
member of KATE, KACTE, IRA, KRA and ASCD. She has taught on the Navajo
reservation in New Mexico and in Mount Vernon, KY.
She lives in Campbellsville with her husband, Bruce, a teacher in
the local middle school. Their family includes a daughter, Angie Skaggs
and her husband, Mike, granddaughter, Baylie, grandson, Jake, and a
son, David Garrison.
One of her favorite quotes is by Winston Churchill when he was
invited back to his high school to speak. He introduced his topic about
when to ‘quit’ striving for a goal, said “Never, never, never!” and
then sat down-the shortest speech on record. His advice is pertinent to
personal goals but also to teaching. “Never, never, never give up
striving to teach a student!”
Early Childhood Education
Office: EB 122
Marilyn Goodwin has been an Instructor of Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education in the School of Education at Campbellsville University since Fall 2010. She is originally from Campbellsville and resides here with her husband Michael, who is the pastor at Salem Baptist Church.
Marilyn graduated from Campbellsville College in 1993 with a BA degree in Office Management and Christian Education. She earned a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education with and emphasis in Preschool and Children's Ministry degree for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in December 1996. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Education at Capella University.
Marilyn served as an adjunct instructor at Campbellsville University before becoming full time both teaching Early Childhood Education courses and coordinating the Child Development Associate Credential Program. She also served at Campbellsville Child Development Center of Campbellsville Baptist Church as the director for 6 years and the assistant director for 5 years. She worked part time at the Kentucky Baptist Convention as a consultant in the preschool and children's ministry department. Marilyn is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children - Division of Early Childhood. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and cooking.
Early Childhood Education
Office: EB 116
Ellen Hamilton-Ford is an Assistant Professor in the School of Eduction at Campbellsville University. She eared a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with emphasis in English and Communications from Campbellsville University; a Planned Fifth Year degree in Elementary Education from Western Kentucky University; a Rank I in Instructional Leadership and School Administration from Bellarmine University.
Ms Hamilton has taught for twenty-one years in the Archdioceses of Louisville School System. She taught in primary level self contained classrooms, as well as several combined classrooms. Over the years, she taught drams, music, art, and theology. During the course of her career, she served as an Assistant Professor for seven years/ Her areas of scholarly interest include early childhood development and vestibular/brain based learning.
Ms. Hamilton is a native of Marion County, Kentucky, where she resides with her husband. She has two children, a daughter and step-son.
Donna Hedgepath, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Program
Office: EB 108
Phone: 270- 789-5241
A West Kentucky native, Donna Rice Hedgepath received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Campbellsville University in 1992 and her Master of Music in Music Education from CU in 1999. Dr. Irwin taught in the public schools from 1992 to 2001 where she served as Choral Director for Marion County High School and Lebanon Middle School. She also has training and experience with Migrant Education and the Gifted and Talented. Following her years in public schools, Dr. Hedgepath taught part-time for the School of Music at Campbellsville University, teaching music education methods courses, applied voice, and Chamber Choir. She has a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Kentucky.
Donna Hedgepath has been instrumental in assisting music educators in Kentucky acquire expertise in meeting KERA standards and establishing more prominent Standards-Based Units of study in preparation for KTIP. She is also interested in creating bridges between content areas in order to create a more effective learning environment for all students. Dr. Irwin teaches Instructional Strategies, Assessment, and courses in the Gifted and Talented Endorsement Program as well as Graduate courses in the MAE and Special Education programs.
In addition to her teaching duties, she also directs Campbellsville University's Future Educators of America Camp.
Sharon Hundley, Ed.D.
Associate Professor/Chair of Early Childhood Education Program
Office: EB 118
Dr. Sharon Hundley is the co-coordinator of the Early Childhood
Education program and associate professor at Campbellsville University, starting
fall 2008. She has served as the Coordinator/Instructor of the
Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program at Elizabethtown
Community & Technical College. Sharon has also worked as a
preschool/kindergarten teacher, an early childhood professional
trainer, and a program administrator.
Sharon received her B.A. in Speech/Theatre Arts with a secondary
education certification and a minor in Dance Education from Western
Kentucky University and an early childhood teaching certification from
the Association Montessori Internationale in Washington, D.C. She
earned a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Oral Roberts
University where she also earned her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in early
childhood post-secondary education. She is a member of the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Southern
Early Childhood Association (SECA), and the Council for Exceptional
Children - Division of Early Childhood.
Sharon resides in Elizabethtown with her husband, Richard, a
manufacturer of educational equipment, and Victoria, a student at John
Hardin High School. They also have three grown children and four
grandchildren. Their oldest daughter is the artistic director for an
advertising agency in Kansas City, MO; their second daughter teaches
part-time in her church's preschool program in High Point, NC; and
their son is an aerospace engineer in San Diego, CA.
Sharon values service in the early childhood community and is
currently an Advisory Board member for Grayson/Breckenridge Head Start
Program and Community Coordinated Child Care. She was founding member
of the LaRue County Early Childhood Council, which has successfully
written grants to support local early care and education practices.
She values family time, enjoys reading and sports, and has a passion
for orphaned and abandoned children as well as international education
Nancy Newberry, Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Education
Office: EB 122 and LEC
Phone: 270-789-5168 or LEC 502-753-0264
Nancy Newberry holds a master's degree from Ohio University with additional graduate work in early childhood special education at Marshall University. A Kentuckian since 1976, her career has included teaching in public school and private early childhood settings, providing early intervention for children with disabilities, directing a program serving infants through kindergarten, providing technical assistance to early childhood programs, and training early childhood professionals. Most recently, Nancy worked at the state level in early childhood public policy and program development with the Governor's Early Childhood Initiative KIDS Now and at KDE.
She is a member of the Kentucky Association for Early Childhood Education, NAEYC, and DEC. She has served on a variety of advisory boards and committees in the four Kentucky communities where she has resided.
Nancy and her husband Tony, a college administrator, reside in Louisville.
Debbie Schumacher, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor, Special Education Program
Office: EB 124
Dr. Schumacher is originally from Texas but has spent most of her professional career in Kentucky. She and her husband, Marvin reside in Versailles where they are active in their church and near Central Baptist Hospital (Lexington), where Marvin is employed. Their son Grant is a sophomore at UK and has been interning this past summer with Bluegrass Youth for Christ. The largest mission field in the world is with children.
Dr. Schumacher earned an undergraduate degree in elementary education and interdisciplinary human behavior from Peabody College (Nashville, TN), a master's degree in special education at the University of Kentucky and in August 2011, her doctorate in special education from UK, with emphasis in teacher preparation, literacy and distance education. Her research interests are in classroom instruction and LBD teacher preparation.
Dr. Schumacher has served in programs for children and adults with disabilities and taught middle school LBD. She was blessed with the opportunity to serve in the Kentucky Department of Education as the program director when the state preschool program and IECE certification were developed and implemented. After retiring from KDE as an associate commissioner, she taught special education coursework at Midway and most recently, Georgetown College.
Ms. Deborah Spalding
Assistant Professor, Special Education
Office: EB 126
Billy H. Stout , Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Special Education
Office: EB 129
Stout is an associate professor of education for the Special Education
Program at CU. He served as an IDEA due process hearing officer for
the Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Children
Services, for 21 years. Dr. Stout received his B.S. degree in
elementary education from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky
and his M.S. degree in elementary education/special education from
Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. He received his
Ed.D. degree in school administration from Indiana University in
Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. Stout taught special education law at
Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky as an adjunct
professor. During his 30 years in public education, he has taught
elementary education, special education, and has served as an
elementary principal, interim director of special education, and a
school superintendent for 17 years in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Robert E. VanEst, Ph.D.
Office: EB 103
coming from a business background has generated a drive to continually
re-examine educational ideas and policies for their value to the
students whose educational experience is driven by those ideas and
policies. Even for-profit businesses that thrive typically care about
their employees, and the evidence of that caring is seen in the
conditions and benefits they provide those employees. Schools and
teachers need to care even more about their students, because they have
taken on the responsibility of working with people in the processes of
forming and reforming their lives.
B.S. in English, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1969
TEACHING POSITIONS HELD
M.S. in English Teaching, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1997
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction/English, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, August 2000
Associate Professor, Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, Kentucky, 2001-
Instructor, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1998-2001
Instructor, Indiana Vocational Technical College, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1997-2000
Teacher, Audio-visual Coordinator, Plainfield Community Schools, Plain
Colleen Walker, Ph.D.
Office: EB 112
Dr. Walker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Campbellsville University. She is a new addition to the School of Education faculty, having moved to Kentucky from North Carolina in August 2010. She earned a B.A. degree in English and Early Childhood Education from Hunter College; a B.S. degree in Reading from Brooklyn College both in New York. She also received a concentration in Administration and Supervision from City College of New York, and was trained as a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader at New York University. She earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Culture from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Walker's teaching career began in New York where she served as a teacher of grades N-6. She also worked as a staff developer, an interim assistant principal, and a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. She then moved to California where she worked with others at California State University, San Bernardino to get Reading Recovery started in California. She has also authored books for emergent readers which are published by Pearson.
Dr. Walker has devoted her career to literacy education. She has a strong interest in improving literacy learning for struggling readers. Her scholarly interest include supporting at-risk learners, supporting teachers to improve literacy instruction, and using technology to enhance literacy learning. She has maintained membership in literacy organizations at the national, state and local levels. She is a member of International Reading Association (IRA), Kentucky Reading Association (KRA), North Carolina Reading Association (NCRA), and Professors of Reading Teacher Educators (PRTE). She has served as a board member for the Literacy Connection and coordinated student research presentations for North Carolina Reading Professors at the annual NCRA conference.
Norma R. Wheat
Chair of Special Education Program
Office: EB 133
Wheat is the Coordinator for the Special Education Program for
Campbellsville University. With twenty-eight years of experience in
working with exceptional children, Ms Wheat has spent the past twelve
years as the Director of Special Education for the Russell County
School District. Prior to that, she served as a classroom teacher for
sixteen years in McCreary County Schools, Somerset Independent Schools,
and Russell County Schools.
Ms. Wheat holds a
Bachelor's of Science degree in Elementary Education with an
endorsement in exceptional children (TMH) from Eastern Kentucky
University as well as a Master of Arts degree in Exceptional
Children/Learning and Behavior Disorders also from Eastern Kentucky
University. Her endorsement for Director of Special Education was
awarded from the University of Kentucky.
Professionally, Ms. Wheat is active in a number of organizations. She is currently on the executive board of the Kentucky Council of Administrators of Special Education
as well as being a member of both the Council of Exceptional Children
and the Manchester Who's Who of Executives and Professionals. In
addition, Ms. Wheat is also involved in civic and community events. She
is an active member of the First Baptist Church in Jamestown.
Originally from Rockcastle County, Ms. Wheat now resides in Jamestown,
Kentucky where she enjoys spending time with her three sons - Jeremy
(wife Summer), Gary (wife Nancy), Jeff (wife Kim) - her three
grandchildren - Jarrod, Reagan, and Reece.
Ms. Phoebe Williamson
Instructor, Early Childhood Education Program
Office: Louisville Center and EB 116
Phone: 502-753-0264 and 270-789-5477