Our diverse and expert faculty are committed to teaching excellence. The doctoral degrees we hold from outstanding universities signify our commitment to better serving you and your learning. We work to create a sense of community and set a standard of excellence that will define your learning experience with us. We are proud of our work not only teaching you, but working with our Professional Development School partners. This work grounds our own teaching and learning with the state-of-the-art teaching practices in the field.
Both our full-time and seasoned adjunct faculty are leaders in state, national and international professional associations. We also conduct, present and publish our educational research in addition to serving the ESU community in a variety of initiatives. We strongly support ESU teacher education initiatives such as our Professional Development Schools and long-standing area pre-school partnerships.
Still, at the heart of our work is our focus on your student success as future teaching professionals.
- Alberto Alegre Rossello
- Professor of Early Childhood & Elementary Education
B.S., 1980, University of Barcelona
B.S., 1985, University of Barcelona
M.S., 1991, University of Barcelona
M.A., 2002, Goddard College
Ed.D., 20008, Virginia Tech
I combine two passions: my work teaching future teachers how to develop meaningful and engaging curriculum, and my investigation and dissemination in the field of Emotional Intelligence, so I can help not only my students, but also parents, teachers and business managers to improve their leadership skills when dealing with their children, students, or employees.
My teaching interest is preschool. I taught for years preschool children, and I am passionate to teach now future teachers how to create interesting meaningful curriculum for young children. I have an especial interest for the teaching of mathematics to 3, 4, a 5 year-old children.
My research is mainly oriented to the study of the relationship between leadership and emotional intelligence. In particular, I study how the leadership strategies that parents, teachers, and business managers use affect the development of the emotional intelligence of their children, students or employees.
Publications & Presentations
Benson, M. J., & Alegre, A. (2018). Family Warmth, Self-Perception, Social Competence,
and Friendships in Emerging Adulthood. Bajo revisión.
Pérez-Escoda, N., & Alegre, A.. (2018). Test y validación del Cuestionario de Desarrollo Emocional para Adultos (CDE-A). Bajo revisión.
López-Cassá, E.; Pérez-Escoda, N. y Alegre, A. (2018). Competencia emocional, satisfacción en contextos específicos y satisfacción con la vida en la adolescencia. Magazine de Investigación Educativa, 36(1), 57-73. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/rie.36.1.273131
Alegre, A. (2018). Cómo desarrollar la inteligencia emocional de los niños: Estrategias para padres. Ediciones Pirámide. Madrid. Spain
Alegre, A., & López-Cassá, E. (2018). Factores predictivos de la satisfacción con la vida en la adolescencia. (Predictors of satisfaction with life in adolescence). In J. L. Soler Nages, Ó. Díaz Chica, E. Escolano-Pérez, A. Rodríguez Martínez (Eds). Inteligencia Emocional y Bienestar III. Reflexiones, Experiencias Profesionales e Investigaciones. (pp 27 – 40). Zaragoza, Spain: Ediciones Universidad San Jorge
Alegre, A. (2016). Los Malos Jefes: Como Progresar A Pesar De Ellos Utilizando la Inteligencia Emocional. Ediciones Pirámide. Grupo Anaya
Pérez-Escoda, N. & Alegre, A. (2016). Satisfacción con La Vida: Predictores y Moderadores. International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, 16, 131-140.
Alegre, A., & Levitt, K. (2014). Transformational leadership and emotional intelligence: What do we know?. International Leadership Journal, 6, 63 – 101.
Alegre, A., Benson, M. & Pérez Escoda, N. (2014). Maternal warmth and early adolescents’ internalizing symptoms and externalizing behavior: Mediation via emotional security. Journal of Early Adolescence.712 - 735, DOI: 20130272431613501408.
Pérez Escoda, N., Filella, G., Bisquerra, R., & Alegre, A. (2012). Developing the emotional competence of teachers and pupils ins school context. Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, (10)3 , 1183-1208
Pérez-Escoda N., & Alegre A. (2012). La Inteligencia y la seguridad emocional: el caso de la adaptación de los preadolescentes en la escuela. Magazine Iberoamericana de Educación, 61, ISSN: 1681-5653.
Alegre, A. (2012). The relation between the time mothers and children spent together and the children’s trait emotional intelligence. Child & Youth Care Forum 41, 493-508.
Alegre, A. (2012). Is there a relation between mothers parenting styles and children’s trait emotional intelligence? Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, 10, 5-33.
Alegre, A., Perez, N., & Ribot A. (2011) Familia, emociones y adaptación en los preadolescentes. (Family, emotions, and preadolescents adaptation) Proceedings of the “II Congreso Internacional de Inteligencia Emocional” (Second International Congress on Emotional Intelligence), Santander, Spain, September, 2009.
Alegre, A. (2011) Parenting and Emotional Intelligence: What do We Know? The Family Journal, 19, 56 – 62.
Alegre, A., & Benson, M. (2011). Does emotional insecurity mediate between parent behaviors and adolescents adjustment? In Kourkoutas E. E. and Fatos E. (Ed.) Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection: Social, Emotional, and Educational Contexts. Brown Walker Press. Boca Raton, Florida.
Alegre, A., & Benson, E. M. (2010) Parent Behaviors and Adolescent Adjustment: Mediation via Adolescent Trait Emotional Intelligence Individual Differences Research, 83 – 96.
Pérez, N., Alegre, A., & Ribot, A. (2010) - Relacions entre disponibilitat dels pares i ajust emocional dels fills. (Relations between parental availability and children’s emotional adjustment) VI Jornades Educació Emocional : Emocions positives i benestar (VI Emotional Education Conference: Positive Emotions). ISBN: 978-84-693-1618-4
Alegre, A., & Benson, M. (2007). Parental acceptance and late adolescents’ adjustment: The role of emotional intelligence. In Fatos, E. (Ed.) Acceptance: The Essence of Peace. Selected Papers from the First International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. (pp. 33 – 49). Turkish Psychology Association. Incekara Press. Istanbul, Turkey.
XIV Jornades d’Educació Emocional (Conference on Emotional Education), March 15 – 1, 2018 Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
XIII Jornades d'Educació Emocional. Educació Emocional a l'activitat física i l'esport, Barcelona March 31- April 1, 2017. Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
2017 Conference of the National Association of Professional Development Schools. March 9-12. Washington D.C. EUA.
CIIEB III. Congreso Internacional De Inteligencia Emocional y Bienestar. Zaragoza, 18-21 de mayo de 2017.
2016 Conference of the National Association of Professional Development Schools. April 3-6. Washington D.C.
XII Jornades d'Educació Emocional «Educació emocional i neurociència» (XII Emotional Education Conference), Barcelona. March 11 – 1, 2016.
2nd International Conference on Emotional Intelligence and Well-being, 21 – 24 May, 2015, Zaragoza, Spain.
International Conference on Emotional Education, 11th Edition, March 20 – 21, 201, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
Key note speaker in the Symposium Benchmarking international. X Emotional Education International Conference (JEE), April 4 – 6, 2014, Barcelona. Universitat de Barcelona (Institut de Ciències de l’Educació).
First International Conference on Emotional Education, 10th Edition (I Congreso Internacional de Educación Emocional: Psicología Positiva y Bienestar). University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain. April 4 – 6, 2014.
4th International Congress on Emotional Intelligence September (ICEI) 8 – 10, 2013, New York, NY
International Society for the Study of Individual Differences biannual conference, July 22 - 25, 2013, Barcelona Spain.
IX Jornadas de Educación Emocional. Educación emocional y valores. April 4 – 6, 2013. Barcelona, Universitat de Barcelona (Institut de Ciències de l’Educació),
2011 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting , Montreal, BC, Quebec, Canada. March 29 – April 1, 2011.
3rd International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection, University of Padua, Italy, July 28 – 31, 2010.
VII Jornades d'Educació Emocional (VII Conference in Emotional Education) held by the University of Barcelona and the Grup de Recerca en Orientació Psicopedagògica (GROP), Barcelona, Spain, April 7 – 8, 2011.
“VI Jornades d’Educació Emocional” (Sixth Workday on Emotional Education), Barcelona, Spain, March 18-19, 2010
“II Congreso Internacional de Inteligencia Emocional” (Second International Congress on Emotional Intelligence), Santander, Spain, September, 2009.
70th annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Little Rock, AR, November 5 – 8, 2008.
Second International Conference in Intrapersonal Acceptance-Rejection Crete, Greece, July 2008.
First International Conference in Intrapersonal Acceptance and Rejection, Istanbul, Turkey June 2006.
“I Jornades d’Educació Emocional” organized by the “Universitat de Barcelona” and held in Barcelona, in June 2005
68th annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations, held in Orlando, Florida, on November 2004.
- Nurun Begum
- Associate Professor of Early Childhood & Elementary Education
B.Ed., 1997, University of Dhaka
M.Ed., 1999, University of Dhaka
M.A., 2004, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ed.D., 2007, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
- Alison Rutter
- Associate Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
B.A., 1978, Vassar College
M.A., 1994, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.Ed., 1999, Teachers College, Columbia University
Ed.D., 1999, Teachers College, Columbia University
My goal in teaching is to help students become creative, problem-solving teaching professionals who use their talents, skills, and effort to improve student learning and life in schools. My research reflects my teaching goals by encouraging teacher leadership and partnerships between schools and universities.
- Andrew Whitehead
- Associate Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Department Chair
B.A., 1986, Pennsylvania State University
M.A., 1993, Marywood University
M.S., 1996, Marywood University
Ph.D., 2002, Marywood University
Dr. Whitehead has an interest in technology in education. He is also interested in better understanding cognition of school-aged children.
- Anu Sachdev
- Instructor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
B.A., 1973, Delhi University
M.A., 1975, Delhi University
M.Ed., 1994, Lehigh University
M.Ed., 2013, Lehigh University
Ph.D., Lehigh University
My experience in the field spans roles as a classroom teacher, Head Start supervisor, owner of Montessori children’s program, director of teacher training program, consultant, mentor and adjunct faculty. I have also worked internationally in teacher training programs and early childhood classrooms. I am passionate about advocating and collaborating with local, state, national and international organizations to improve services for children and families.
I teach in the Pre-K block, specializing in early childhood development and learning.
My research interests include teacher education, family engagement, dual language learners, cultural diversity, arts integration and international education.
Numerous local, state, national and international organizations to improve services for children and families.
- Laureen Nelson
- Assistant Professor
B. S., Wilson College
M. Ed., Shippensburg University
D. Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Nelson teaches courses in early childhood and elementary education within the undergraduate and graduate programs. Areas of focus for research include curriculum and assessment, social/emotional development, creating positive learning environments, guidance, and teaching strategies that meet the individual needs of all learners.
- Gregory E. Shoemaker
B.S., East Stroudsburg University
M.S., East Stroudsburg University
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pa
I have 34 years of experience in public education. Nine years of teaching experience and 24 years as an administrator. I feel honored to return to ESU to teach the course titled Science for the Developing Child.
- Maryellen Mross
- Instructor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education
B.S., 1973, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed., 1977, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A., 1980, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ed.D., 2003, Widner University
My experience in the education field includes roles as a classroom teacher, assistant principal and principal in K-12 schools, facilitator for Pennsylvania Inspired Leadership while mentoring K-12 school leaders and as adjunct faculty. I enjoy working with students during their teacher preparation experiences in the classroom and in the field.
My teaching interests center on teacher preparation both in the classroom and in field experiences.
My research interests center on effective methods of teacher preparation
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm Association Volunteer
Developmental Education Services Board
Penn State Cooperative Extension Council in Monroe County
Publications & Presentations
A Case Study of One Middle School’s Supplemental Program Designed for Remediation in Middle School Mathematics and Preparation for a State-Wide Standardized Test. Presented at the Eastern Education Research Associates 2004 Annual Conference, Clearwater, FL, February 2004.