Meet our Board of Directors

PAC-TE Officers

Dr. Kevin Zook

President (through May 31, 2018)
 

Dr. Kevin  Zook, a native of Lewistown, PA, earned a B.S. degree in Elementary Education from Messiah College, and both an M.S. and Ph.D. in educational psychology from Penn State University.  For three years, Kevin taught middle level mathematics and science, as well as elementary music at a private school in Arlington, Virginia, before pursuing graduate degrees.  He taught for two years at Winona State University in Minnesota, ten years at Bucknell University, 11 years at Messiah College, and two years at Gannon University.  At Messiah College, Kevin served as Chair of the Education Department and Certification Officer.  At Gannon University he served as Director of the School of Education.  In 2013 he joined Holy Family University as the Dean of the School of Education.  His involvement with PAC-TE is rewarding because it has provided opportunities to connect with good people in teacher education across the state and to learn how different institutions structure their programs.  When Kevin is not busy at work, he enjoys hunting, flyfishing, reading, and rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.

 

Dr. Sally Winterton

Past President (through May 31, 2018)

Originally from Long Island, New York Sally has resided in Chester County, PA since 1968.  She has served as Coordinator of Field Experiences in the Department of Elementary Education, a university supervisor, and as the Interim Director of the Teacher Education Center at West Chester  University.  Prior to joining WCU she taught elementary school and served as an assistant middle school principal, an elementary school principal, and a director of personnel in Pennsylvania public school districts. Her undergraduate degree is from Immaculata University, PA; her Masters of Education is from West Chester University; her Doctorate is from the University of Pennsylvania. Sally holds the following Pennsylvania certification: History, Comprehensive Social Studies, History and Government, Elementary, Elementary Principal, and Superintendent. Her research interests are in student teaching supervision and technology.  Sally is a member of PAC-TE because of the collegiality of the members and the information shared at the the Teacher Education Assembly and Spring Conference. The PACTE publications keep her informed on state and national issues related to teacher education. Her avocation is horseback riding.  When not teaching, travelling or reading, her favorite place to be is riding.

 

 
 

Dr. George Drake

President Elect (through May 31, 2016)
 

Dr. George Drake has been preparing educators in Pennsylvania for over 20 years, first at West Chester University as a faculty member and associate dean, and now as Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and School of Social Work at Millersville University. Originally from New Jersey, he taught special education there for ten years and holds NJ teacher certifications in special education, elementary education, and early childhood education.  George earned his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, M.Ed. from The College of New Jersey, and B.S. from West Virginia University.  At WCU he taught courses primarily in behavior management and severe disabilities, and he supervised 100 student teachers.   As associate dean, his responsibilities were related to assessment, accreditation, curriculum, and student issues.  In 2013, George received a gubernatorial nomination to represent higher education on the Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Practices Commission, he was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate and commissioned in April 2014.  George believes in PAC-TE’s ability to advocate for educator preparation by helping Pennsylvanians understand the value of higher education-based teacher preparation and the positive impact it can have on the achievement of P-12 students.  In his spare time, George enjoys travel, reading, and music.

 

 
 

Dr. Joseph Domaracki

Treasurer (through May 31, 2018)
 

Dr. Joseph Domaracki is a native of Bethel Park, PA and currently resides in Indiana, PA.  He earned a B.S.in Health Education from Slippery Rock State College in 1973.  While teaching for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and working for Parkway Industries as Floor Supervisor Joe earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Special Education with a specialization in Severe Disabilities from the University of Pittsburgh. Joe was on faculty at the University of Pittsburgh for six years teaching in the Program in Severe Disabilities and Coordinating the Western PA Technical Assistance Center for Supported Employment as well as a federally funded School to Work Transition Grant.  In 1992 Dr. Domaracki joined the faculty in the Communication Disorders, Special Education and Disability Services Department at Indiana University of PA. While at IUP Joe served as Department Chair for 11 years and as Interim Associate Dean of Teacher Education for three years. Joe became involved with PAC-TE because he believes in PAC-TE’s commitment to improving the quality of teacher education in PA and the great opportunity PAC-TE provides its membership to network with other teacher educators across the state.   In his spare time Joe enjoys traveling, working crossword puzzles, watching sports, and playing disc golf.

Mrs. Margaret Bauer

Executive Director (through November 1, 2017)

Margaret Bauer, CAE, originally from State College, PA, now resides in Wyomissing, PA.  Margaret earned her B.S. degree in music education from Mansfield University, her M.A. in music history and literature from Indiana University of PA and her M.L.S. in Library Science from SUNY-Geneseo.  She served as a librarian in Bradford County, PA (1976-1979), library director in Juniata County, PA (1979-1983) and as executive director of the Pennsylvania Library Association until she became executive director of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association in 1996.  She earned her Certified Association Executive designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 1988 and has recertified every three years since that time.  She is a registered lobbyist in Harrisburg and serves as a representative to the Education Policy and Leadership Center’s PA Arts and Education Network.  She is excited about joining PAC-TE to continue her involvement in association management and to support  the important work that PAC-TE does in teacher education.  In her spare time, she enjoys needlework, reading, and spending time with her two granddaughters.

 

Directors Representing Individual Members

Dr. Mary Dupuis

Director (through May 31, 2019)
Position: Directors Representing Individual Members

 

Mary is originally from Ohio, but has lived and worked in Virginia, Georgia, Illinois and Indiana, before coming to Pennsylvania almost 50 years ago. She taught high school English in Virginia, Georgia and Indiana, and composition at colleges in Indiana and Illinois, along with Penn State.  Mary was a faculty member at Penn State from 1971 to 1996, rising to the rank of Professor.  She  served as coordinator of Secondary Education, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Director of Teacher Education. She finished her career as Director of Academic Affairs at Penn State's DuBois Campus.  In addition, she was active in the Faculty Senate and the Commission for Women. She began college at Northwestern and finished her BA at George Washington; did her MA at Purdue, and completed her Ph.D. at Penn State.  She is officially certified in English, but also has expertise in reading and teacher education. She is a past President of PAC-TE, as well as past President of the Keystone State Reading Association.   She sees PAC-TE as the voice of teacher educators in Pennsylvania and, therefore, the place to be to effect change in teacher education.  Besides, PAC-TE members are friends and colleagues.  Now that she's retired, she continues to volunteer as an instructor in Lifelong Learning, in literacy groups, and with other education-related groups. 
 

 

Dr. Lewis Strouse

Director (through May 31, 2017)
Position: Directors Representing Individual Members

 

Dr. Lewis Strouse, a native of northeastern Pennsylvania, holds the B.S. degree in music education and the M.M. and D.A. degrees in instrumental conducting.  His teaching career began in the public schools of New Jersey, and he has served on the teacher education faculties of Ball State University (a joint appointment in the School of Music and Teachers College) and the Carnegie Mellon University School of Music where he served as Division Chair of Music Education, 2009-2013.    Lew believes the work of PAC-TE supports his view that all students are multidimensional in interests and abilities, and that a system of education based on broad comprehensive curricula including the arts, with effective instruction across ALL subjects, provides the best foundation for developing students’ problem solving skills, creative abilities, habits of mind, entrepreneurial spirit, and zest for life!  He finds PAC-TE members to be a warm and welcoming group of supportive colleagues who work wonderfully well together to advance quality instruction from elementary school through higher education, and he is honored to have a leadership role with the organization.   Away from computer, desk, and books, Lew enjoys family & friends, cooking (more specifically, baking!), travelling, and working with the Indiana University (Bloomington) Alumni Association – he has also been known to go fishing on occasion.

 

Dr. John W. Butzow

Director (through May 31, 2018)
Position: Directors Representing Individual Members

 

Dr. John W. Butzow earned a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from St. Bonaventure University and an Ed.D. in Science Education at the University Of Rochester. He served as a chemistry faculty member at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. and for 16 years as Professor of Science Education at the University of Maine.  John is a founding member of the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association and was a member of the Board of Maine State Science Teachers Association. After serving for 18 years as Dean of Education at Indiana University of PA, he retired in 2005. John was a founding Director of the Pennsylvania Academy for the Profession of Teaching and, for eight years, a member of the Pennsylvania Standards and Practices Commission.  He has served PAC-TE as director representing the state system, as director representing indivduals, as Vice  President and as President. John served as Board Member of the Teacher Education Council of State Colleges and Universities for four years. He has been a board member and is the former president of the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana PA. John is the co-author of eight books on science teaching methods and enjoys travel in retirement.

 
 

Directors Representing State-related Institutions

Dr. Juliet Curci

Director (through May 31, 2019)
Position: Directors Representing State-Related Institutions


Dr. Juliet Curci currently serves as the Director of School and Community Partnerships for the College of Education at Temple University.  Juliet is responsible for leading the development and ongoing facilitation of strategic and mutually beneficial partnerships between the College’s teacher education program and its school and district partners and for managing the College's Office of Field Placement. Juliet has collaborated extensively with College faculty and staff in the design, implementation, and management of new initiatives within Temple's teacher education program. Juliet taught in Philadelphia district and charter schools and charter schools and has had the opportunity to share her reflections on those experiences as an instructor of teacher education and sociology courses at both Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and American Culture Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.S. in Elementary Education (with PA certification in Elementary Education and Special Education) from St. Joseph's University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from Temple University. Originally from New Orleans, Juliet resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two young children. As a member of PAC-TE's Board of Directors, Juliet looks forward to connecting with other Directors and Members from programs across the Commonwealth in order to learn about and promote innovations in teacher education that will support teacher retention in the profession and further impact K-12 student achievement.

Dr. Bernard J. Badiali

Director (through May 31, 2017)
Position: Directors Representing State-Related Institutions

 

Dr. Bernard J. Badiali is originally from Blackwood, NJ and currently resides in State College, PA. He earned a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Glassboro State College and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University. Bern has K-12 English and Principal Certification in New Jersey. He has served for ten years as a high school English teacher, three years as a high school Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, and thirty years as a professor. Bern's main teaching and research activities have been in the areas of school/university relationships, staff development, school reform, supervision and curriculum.  He is a past president of the Penn State Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and was the first president of the Pennsylvania Staff Development Council.  In 1996, he was selected as a leadership associate with the Institute for Educational Inquiry at the University of Washington.  He is currently a professional development associate in and director of the Elementary Professional Development School Partnership between Penn State and the State College Area School District.  Bern is involved with PAC-TE to make a contribution to teacher education in PA.  Outside of work, he enjoys gardening, traveling and writing. 

 

Dr. Donna M. Dombek

Director (through May 31, 2018)
Position: Directors Representing State-Related Institutions

 

Dr. Donna Dombek began her career in higher education at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in the fall of 2004. Before coming to Pitt-Bradford, where she currently serves as Director of Teacher Education, Donna held various teaching and administrative positions in her home state of West Virginia including elementary school principal, central office administrator, dean of students, and classroom teacher in both the elementary and middle school settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Early/Middle Education from Bluefield State College, a master’s degree in Elementary Education from West Virginia University, a master’s degree in Administration, an Education Specialist degree in Supervisor of Instruction, and a Doctorate of Education  in Curriculum and Instruction all from Marshall University. Donna was introduced to PAC-TE during her first semester at Pitt-Bradford and she quickly discovered the benefits of becoming an active member. For relaxation, Donna prefers spending quiet time at home with her pets and husband. Finally, as is true for many transplanted Mountaineers, she still considers West Virginia "home.”

 
 

Directors Representing State System Institutions

Dr. Jason Hilton

Director (through May 31, 2019)
Position: Directors Representing State System Institutions
 

Dr. Jason T. Hilton was born in Durham, North Carolina. Graduating with a BS in Secondary Social Studies Education from Edinboro University, Jason went on to teach middle level social studies in Burrell School District in Westmoreland County, PA. While teaching, he earned a Masters in Social Studies Education and a PhD in Social and Comparative Analysis of Education, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Following a semester of full time teaching and adjunct positions at Saint Vincent College and Robert Morris University, Jason finally made the move to full-time higher education by joining the faculty at Slippery Rock University in the fall of 2012. Currently, Jason serves as an Associate Professor of Education where he teaches courses in pedagogy and comparative education as well as supervision of student teachers. When not in the classroom, Jason enjoys being outside taking in all of the thrills and exploration that nature has to offer.

Dr. Gwen Price

Director (through May 31, 2017)
Position: Directors Representing State System Institutions

 Gwen Price earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Bucknell University as well as teacher certification in that field. Subsequently earning Physics certification from IUP, she taught high school Chemistry and Physics  for 15 years during which time she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. Gwen then moved to Edinboro where she is an Associate Professor in the Middle & Secondary Education Department. Most recently, she was named the Director of Accreditation & Program Improvement for the School of Education facilitating all accreditation efforts including CAEP and PDE as well as coordinating special projects. Her connection to PAC-TE grew out of the involvement of several influential mentors and colleagues, and she has enjoyed the opportunity to further connect with dedicated teacher educators from around the state.

Dr. John Ward

Director (through May 31, 2018)
Position: Directors Representing State System Institutions
 

Dr. John Ward is from Royal Oak, Michigan, outside of Detroit. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, certification and a Masters degree from the University of Detroit and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Memphis. John has served as a high school math teacher and later a special education teacher in the Detroit Public Schools. His certifications include secondary math and special education. He currently serves as Interim Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Services, at Millersville University.  He believes that teacher education is important for the overall quality of K-12 education and enjoys discussing and working on teacher education as a field. John enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and tennis, playing cards, kayaking and fishing.

 
 

Directors Representing Private Institutions

Dr. Amy Rogers

Director (through May 31, 2019)
Position: Directors Representing Private Institutions
 

Dr. Amy Rogers has been in the teaching profession for over 20 years.  She earned her B.A. at Lycoming College, M.Ed. at Bloomsburg University, and Ph.D. at Penn State University, where she specialized in Curriculum and Instruction. Amy has experience as a secondary social studies teacher and literacy coach.  She currently serves as Director of Teacher Education, Certification Officer, and Associate Professor at Lycoming College, where she teaches courses in curriculum and instruction, reading and writing in the content area, foundations in education, elementary social studies, digital storytelling and ELL instruction.  Amy is serving her 2nd term as a Board of Director for the East Lycoming School District.  Outside of work Amy enjoys travelling, spending time with family and friends, attending her children's athletic and extracurricular events, and horseback riding.  She is involved with PAC-TE because of the networking opportunities and to work with others in higher education who are committed to preparing and supporting quality teachers.

 
 

Dr. Carol M. Pate

Director (through May 31, 2017)
Position: Directors Representing Private Institutions
 

Dr. Carol Pate grew up in Tucson, Arizona and lived in New Mexico, Indiana, and Chicagobefore moving to Philadelphia in 1991.  She earned a B.A. in Special Education from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Special Education from Eastern New Mexico University, and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership from Indiana University in Bloomington.  Her post-doctoral studies were at the University of Pennsylvania under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Fred Erickson. After nine years as a special education public school teacher and eleven years in non-profit  program leadership positions at local and national levels, Carol began her higher education career at Chestnut Hill College where she taught special education foundations and methods and graduate research design and supervised intern teachers. She also served as Chair of the Education Department from 2002-2013 and then moved to a higher education administrative position. During her tenure as department chair, she brought in over 5M in local, state and federal grants, most of which supported tuition for intern teachers who were teaching in high needs school and districts. Dr. Pate is now at LaSalle University. She has benefited from PAC-TE  membership through sharing of concerns and issues; especially as state and federal policies impact on independent, liberal arts schools.  She appreciates all that PAC-TE does to improve education through teacher preparation in the Commonwealth and is hoping to support greater engagement in legislative activities.   Carol  enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, and being with family members across the US.

 
 

Dr. Richard Fuller

Director (through May 31, 2018)
Position: Directors Representing Private Institutions
 
Dr. Richard Fuller serves as Department Head and Professor of Education, Coordinator for Business, Communication & Information Technology, and serves on the doctoral and graduate faculty in Instructional Leadership in the the Department of Education and Graduate Studies at Robert Morris University.  He has served as Dean for a career college and Program Director at Drexel University.  Rick has consulted on education, distance education and leadership projects for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health, higher education institutions, and corporate and government entities.  He received his Doctorate of Education from The Penn State University. His research interests center on creating interaction in distance education pedagogies, how the use of technology can enhance learning, educational leadership and motivation to learn.
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