Donna Hedgepath, Ph.D.,
Office: EB 107A
A West Kentucky native, Donna Rice Hedgepath graduated from Fulton County High School in 1988 and received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree from Campbellsville University in 1992. Dr. Hedgepath taught vocal music and arts and humanities at Marion County High School and Lebanon Middle School from 1993-2001 while earning her Master of Music in Music Education degree from CU in 1999. She also has training and experience with migrant education and is an endorsed gifted and talented educator. 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. In 2004, Donna Hedgepath joined the School of Education faculty and completed her Ph. D at the University of Kentucky in 2006. Dr. Hedgepath, an associate professor at CU, served as Associate Dean, NCATE Coordinator and Undergraduate Chair before accepting her current role as Dean of the School of Education. She has earned numerous recognitions for teaching including Kentucky Music Educators Association College/University Teacher of the Year and Campbellsville University’s Non-Tenured Faculty Award in 2007. She currently serves as a state Board of Examiner for the Kentucky Educator Professional Standards Board and a Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) National Site Visitor. She is interested in creating bridges between content areas in order to create a more effective learning environment for all students and is committed to Campbellsville University’s mission to create servant leaders. Dr. Hedgepath is married to Wesley Hedgepath and has three sons, Mitchell Tinnell of Campbellsville, and Nathan Hedgepath and Aaron Hedgepath of Sturgis, KY.
Lisa Allen, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: EB 126
Dr. Lisa Allen (Ed. D. University of Kentucky) has been an assistant professor of education at Campbellsville University since 2011. She served as a teacher and guidance counselor at Nelson County High School in Bardstown, Kentucky for 22 years. Her academic interests include effective teacher professional development, building productive relationships among teachers, administrators, and parents of students with special learning needs, and the inverted classroom model of instruction.
Dr. Allen is a professional development provider for Elizabethtown Christian Academy. She is also a facilitator for Teen Challenge and co-leads a weekly recovery program in the Nelson County Jail. She resides in Bardstown with her husband Jay and their children, Trey and Lori.
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
Assistant Professor of Education
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 2001 and 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 Associate 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. Dr. Ennis has two daughters, Jackie who works in Homeland Security at Fort Campbell and Jamie who has a private consulting firm. Dr. Ennis has three grandchildren-Shelby, Paxton and Ansley.
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.
Lisa Fulks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education/Special Education
Office: EB 129
Mrs. Fulks is a proud graduate of Evangel Christian School in Louisville, Ky and earned her B.A. in Elementary Education in 1986, M.Ed. in Elementary Education in 1995, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership & Organizational Development from the University of Louisville in 2005. She was a classroom teacher for 24 years and worked as part of an administrative team as an RTI/Instructional Coach for three years in Jefferson County. Twenty of those twenty four classroom years were in collaboration classrooms. Dr. Fulks became an adjunct professor for Campbellsville University in January 2006 until becoming a full time assistant professor of education/special education in the Fall of 2013.
As a classroom teacher Mrs. Fulks was the recipient of the WHAS/PNC Excel Award, Ashland Oil Teacher Achievement Award, Kentucky PTA Teacher of the Year, and five year recipient of the JCPS Champions for Children Award. She has been awarded three City of Louisville Certificates of Merit for volunteer and civic activities. As a doctoral student Mrs. Fulks received a Scottish Rite Fellowship for her doctoral studies. Other recognitions include Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Evangel Alumni Hall of Fame, and Who’s Who Among America’s Executives and Professionals.
Mrs. Fulks thanks God for the opportunity to serve at CU and for all of the blessings He has given her. She resides with her sweetheart of 32 years Tony in Louisville, Kentucky where she enjoys spending time with her five sons, Timothy, Samuel (Ashley), Matthew (Erin), Anthony, Noah and her three grandchildren-Jude, Skylar, and Jax and volunteering for her church, Sojourn
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!”
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
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.
Chuck Hamilton, Ed. D.
Associate Professor of Education and Undergraduate Chair
Office: EB 106
Dr. Hamilton joined the Campbellsville University School of Education in 2013. He will serve as an associate professor and Chair of Undergraduate Studies. Prior to joining CU, Dr. Hamilton served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Kentucky teaching a graduate level course in school finance and ethics. He received his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Kentucky in 2011. Dr. Hamilton recently retired from public school education where he served for 28 years in various roles including middle and high school math teacher, middle school principal, high school assistant principal and head principal, district finance officer, and superintendent in two counties. In the 2012-2013 school year he was recognized by the KY FCCLA as the Outstanding Administrator of the Year.
Dr. Hamilton is married to Fran, who is a high school counselor (KCA 2012 Counselor of the Year) and they have three children. Abby is a graduate of the University of Louisville Speed School with a Masters in biomedical engineering, currently working for Metacyte Business Lab in Louisville. Trey is completing a degree in middle school teaching with certification in the areas of math and social studies and has attended both Campbellsville University and Eastern Kentucky University. Gabrielle is a graduate of the Gatton Academy of Math and Science at Western Kentucky University and is currently enrolled at the University of Louisville Speed School studying biomedical engineering and has already been accepted into medical school at U of L. Dr. Hamilton enjoys reading, golf, tennis and time spent with family.
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education
Office: EB 116
Ms. Ellen Hamilton-Ford is an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood Education program at Campbellsville University. She is a native of Marion County, Kentucky, where she resides with her husband two children.
She earned 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-Ford taught for twenty-one years in the Archdioceses of Louisville School System; primary level self-contained classrooms, as well as several combined classrooms. Over the years, she taught drama, music, art, and theology. During the course of her career, she served as an Assistant Principal for seven years.
Sharon Hundley, Ed.D.
Associate Professor/Chair of Early Childhood Education Program
Office: EB 118
Dr. Sharon Hundley is the Chair of the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) and Early Childhood Education (ECE) undergraduate programs 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), the Council for Exceptional Children - Division of Early Childhood, the Association for Early Childhood Education International (ACEI), the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), and Kappa Delta Phi (KDP).
Sharon resides in Elizabethtown with her husband, Richard, a manufacturer of educational equipment, and Victoria, a senior at Campbellsville University. They also have three grown children and six grandchildren. Their oldest daughter is the artistic director for an advertising agency in Kansas City, MO; their second daughter is director at High Point Community Theatre, 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 Elizabethtown Community & Technical College and Get Ready Camp. She serves on LaRue and Hardin County Early Childhood Councils, which have successfully written grants to support local early care and education.She values family time, enjoys reading and sports, and has a passion for orphaned and abandoned children as well as international education mission work.
Robin Magruder, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Office: EB 112
Robin Magruder graduated from the University of Louisville in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education. Soon after, she began her teaching career in the Archdiocese of Louisville teaching middle school mathematics. In 2004, Robin earned a Master of Education from Indiana Wesleyan University while teaching middle school mathematics in the Nelson County School system. She continued her teaching career at Bluegrass Christian Academy in Bardstown, Ky. As a teacher in a small, private school, Robin wore many hats, teaching elementary, middle, and high school mathematics, as well as elementary and middle school science. Robin was also the Academic Team coach for many years, taking several students to state level competition. She was privileged to teach Bible study every morning.
Robin Magruder graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2012 with a doctorate in Instruction and Administration, as well as a Distance Education Certification. She also completed course work for a Rank One teaching certificate. Her work at UK mirrors her passion for effective mathematics teaching, especially in the middle grades. She is also interested in successful integration of technology, especially distance education. Dr. Magruder was also the director of the family literacy program in Bardstown, working with parents earning a GED and their children. She has also conducted research on effective mathematical practices for the Kentucky Center for Mathematics and is a peer reviewer for NCTM journals.
Robin and her husband, Jamie are proud parents of three busy teenagers. Tyler is a CU student; Evan and Lindsey are students at Bardstown High School.
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 a senior in business, economics and accounting and he has worked for a number of years 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.
Assistant Professor, Special Education Program
Office: EB 124
Mrs. Deborah Spalding is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Campbellsville University. She earned a B.S degree in Special Education, K-12 and Elementary Education, K-8; an M.A. in School Psychometry; Rank I in Administration; and an endorsement for Director of Special Education/Preschool from Eastern Kentucky University.
Mrs. Spalding resides in Lebanon, Kentucky with her husband, Ronnie. Their family includes a son, Jason and his wife Gina, and two grandsons, Ty and Zac, and their youngest son, Jameson Spalding.
Mrs. Spalding retired from the Marion County Public schools where she served for 31 years in various roles such as a high school special education teacher, School Psychometrist, and Special Education/Preschool Director. Some honors received during her career consist of: High School Teacher of the Year, Marion County Educator of the Year, and CEC Special Education Director of the Year (2012).
She is currently a member of various organizations in support of Special Education.
Billy H. Stout, Ed.D.
Professor, Special Education
Office: EB 129
Stout is a professor of education for the Special Education
and Rank I Programs at CU. A 1962 graduate of Whitesburg High School (now Letcher County Central). He received his B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Cumberland College (now University of the Cumberlands) in Williamsburg, Kentucky, his M.S. Degree from Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana and his Ed.S. and Ed.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Dr. Stout has taught in the public schools of Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky. He is the author of several articles and has made presentations at National and State conferences.
Dr. Stout taught Special Education Law at Western Kentucky University before joining CU. His experiences in public education include teaching elementary education and special education. He has been an elementary principal, interim Director of Special Education and a school superintendent for 17 years in the state of Kentucky.
Dr. Stout is married to the former Reba Perry, a retired Nursing Supervisor. They have a daughter, Shawn and grandsons Jordan and Brendan.
Norma R. Wheat
Chair of Special Education Program
Office: EB 133
Ms. Wheat is the Chair of the Special Education Programs and assistant professor in the School of Education at Campbellsville University where she teachers in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
With twenty-eight years of experience in working with exceptional children, Ms. Wheat spent 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 of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in exceptional children (TMH) as well as a Master of Arts in Education (Learning and Behavior Disorders) from Eastern Kentucky University. She received her Director of Special Education endorsement from the University of Kentucky and her Rank 1 from Campbellsville University.
Professionally, Ms. Wheat serves in a number of organizations. Currently she serves on the executive board of the Kentucky Council of Administrators of Special Education and is a long time member of the Council of Exceptional Children. She is a member of First Baptist Church in Jamestown Kentucky. Originally from Rockcastle County, Ms. Wheat resides in Jamestown, Kentucky. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends.
Instructor, Early Childhood Education Program
Office: EB 116 and LEC
Phone: 502-753-0264 and 270-789-5477
I am enjoying my journey as an Assistant Professor for Campbellsville University. I count it a blessing to be part of the Early Childhood Department within the School of Education at the extension campus in Louisville. I am very passionate about servicing future educators in the field of Early Childhood as God blessed me to be here since Fall of 2012.
One of my favorite things to do is research new and innovative ways to better serve our community’s preschoolers. My bio consists of: a Masters of Science in Communication Disorders; a Masters of Education in Early Childhood, obtaining an Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Certificate; and an Educational Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Special Education.
I’ve worked for Bullitt County Public Schools as a Preschool Consultant/Speech Language Pathologist and a Speech Language Pathologist for Jefferson County Public Schools. I’ve built positive relationships with families and other community agencies serving as a Speech Language service provider and a Primary Level Evaluator for the First Steps Program. God also blessed me with the opportunity to teach and supervise educators obtaining a Special Education endorsement as a Supervisor Specialist at the University of Hawaii in 2000, and an adjunct professor at Kentucky University teaching educators vying for an Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education certificate. I recently obtained a Supervisor and Leadership Certification Level II in Instructional Leadership and Supervision, and I am currently working on my doctorate in the area of developing scientifically based interventions that can be used as part of the Response to Intervention (RtI) in early childhood programs.
Each day I look forward to working with future educators as they continue to increase their knowledge in Early Childhood theories and methodologies. I am commissioned to do a work and to do it well. Philippians 4:13