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
Name
Alberto Alegre Rossello
Title
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

Phone
(570) 422-3859
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 B

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.

Nurun Begum
Name
Nurun Begum
Title
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

Phone
(570) 422-3371
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 M
Alison Rutter
Name
Alison Rutter
Title
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

Phone
(570) 422-3360
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 C

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
Name
Andrew Whitehead
Title
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

Phone
(570) 422-3356
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 A

Dr. Whitehead has an interest in technology in education. He is also interested in better understanding cognition of school-aged children.

Craig Wilson
Name
Craig Wilson
Title
Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education

B.S., 1971, Baptist Bible College
M.A., 1982, University of Toledo
Ph.D., 1988, University of Toledo

Phone
(570 422-3357
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 E
Anu Sachdev
Name
Anu Sachdev
Title
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

Phone
(570) 422-3356
Campus Address
Stroud hall 209 G

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.

Laureen Nelson
Name
Laureen Nelson
Title
Assistant Professor

B. S., Wilson College
M. Ed., Shippensburg University
D. Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Phone
(570) 422-3859
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 L

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 Shoemaker
Name
Gregory E. Shoemaker
Title
Instructor

B.S., East Stroudsburg University
M.S., East Stroudsburg University
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pa

Phone
(570) 422-3356
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 H

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
Name
Maryellen Mross
Title
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

Phone
(570) 422-3356
Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209

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.

Contact Us

For more information regarding the programs offered in the department of Early Childhood & Elementary Education, please contact the secretary at abriller@esu.edu

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall
Phone:
(570) 422-3356
Fax:
(570) 422-3942 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair Early Childhood & Elementary Education
Name
Andrew Whitehead
Phone:
(570)422-3356