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Faculty and Staff

Ayieko

Rachel A. Ayieko, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
106A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.1164
ayiekor@duq.edu
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Rachel Ayieko (Ph.D. Mathematics Education, Michigan State University, '14) has a devotion to understanding students' thinking, as well as ways to create better understanding through collaborative learning. She was a recent grant awardee of the American Educational Research Association, with her work exploring the opportunities and beliefs of pre-service teachers in learning to teach elementary school mathematics.

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Carbonara

David D. Carbonara, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
327A Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.4039
carbonara@duq.edu
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David D. Carbonara (Ed.D. Science Education, Educational Research & Methodology, University of Pittsburgh, '90) is committed to preparing teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms and specialists to serve as technology coaches in schools, colleges, universities and private industry. He leads the effort to offer the PDE Online Teacher Endorsement and to incorporate Spiritan Pedagogy to describe how students and teachers walk together in life.

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Levitt

Karen Levitt, Ed.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
409A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.6103
levitt@duq.edu
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Karen Levitt (Ed.D. Science Education, University of Pittsburgh, '96) serves as the Director of the Leading Teacher Program (LTP), the teacher education program at Duquesne University. Dr. Levitt's primary content area of expertise is science education from Pre-K through middle grades. She has become known for a course and workshop titled, Teaching Science with Toys, for which she has been awarded a Creative Teaching Award. She was also selected as a Teaching Fellow for the Exploratorium's Institute for Inquiry in San Francisco. Dr. Levitt has consulted with area school districts on issues of science education, strategic planning, student assessment, and curriculum development. She has made scholarly and teaching presentations at state, national, and international conferences and has published in the areas of professional development, teacher education, and science education.

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Meidl

Christopher J. Meidl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
103A Canevin Hall 
Phone: 412.396.2620
meidlc@duq.edu
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Christopher J. Meidl (Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Education, Pennsylvania State University, '08) has taught at public schools in Wisconsin, Louisiana, Texas, and Pennsylvania. His teaching methods encourage future teachers to establish identities built upon knowledge, skills, and dispositions as empowering early childhood educators. His areas of research include character/moral education, classroom management, early childhood pre-service teacher identity, and dispositional development.

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Quinones

Sandra Quiñones, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
410A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4517
quinoness@duq.edu
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Sandra Quinones (Ph.D. Teaching and Curriculum, University of Rochester, '12) works to create learning experiences that support individuality and collaboration in and out of the classroom. She challenges her students to expand notions of literacy in a diverse, rapidly-changing world so they may gain the confidence and skills necessary to thrive in a complex and demanding profession.

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Ritter

Jason K. Ritter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
102A Canevin
Phone: 412.396.4515
ritterj@duq.edu
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Jason K. Ritter (Ph.D. Social Studies Education, University of Georgia, '08) focuses his research and teaching on better understanding and promoting the view of social studies education as a process of critical inquiry capable of fulfilling the democratic mission of schooling. He explores issues of diversity, citizenship, and culture as they relate to the professional learning, development, and pedagogy of teacher educators and teachers.

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Santau

Alexandra Santau, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
110A Canevin Hall
Phone: 412.396.4516
santaua@duq.edu
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Alexandra O. Santau (Ph.D. Science Education, University of Miami, '08) has been researching the effectiveness of pre-service teacher education, as well as professional development for in-service science teachers, all within the context of inquiry-based, constructivist, and student-led science teaching. Most of her efforts involve collaborations with scientists, educators from other content areas, and local schools.

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Williams

Julia Ann Williams, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor
School of Education
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
409B Canevin Hall 
Phone: 412.396.6098
williamsj@duq.edu
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Julia Williams (Ed.D. Instructional Leadership, Duquesne University, ‘07) focuses on preparing teachers to create developmentally appropriate, engaging, and culturally relevant environments for young children. She was an inaugural Barbara A. Sizemore Fellow at Duquesne University and seeks to engage all stakeholders, teachers, parents, and the community to enhance the lives of young children. She currently serves as the Director of the PreK-4 program.

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Saundra BondoSaundra Bondo

Assistant to the Directors, Instructional Technology; Pre-K - 4
Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education
327 Fisher Hall
Phone: 412.396.1995
bondos@duq.edu