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M.A. in Education K-12 Faculty

Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Jay Rasmussen

Program Director and Professor of Education | rasjay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Areas of expertise

I have now served for 27 years as a teacher educator and I am currently a Professor of Education at Bethel University. My teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy education and assessment. My administrative responsibilities include serving as a Faculty Development Coordinator at Bethel and as the Program Director for the M.A. Program in Education: K-12. From 1997-2006 I helped develop and oversee four master’s programs and one doctoral program as the Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Bethel. Previous to my university teaching/administrative experience, I was employed as an elementary classroom teacher and building principal for eight years. I hold a B.A. degree in elementary education from Florida State University, a M.A. degree in educational administration from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. degree in curriculum and instruction (with an emphasis on reading, language arts, and children's literature) from the University of Minnesota.

Mary Fonken-Holden

Adjunct Instructor | m-holden@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Areas of expertise

Dr. Fonken-Holden has 40 years of experience with Anoka-Hennepin School District as a Teacher, Assistant Principal and Director of Student Services prior to coming to Bethel. Her area of expertise is in culturally responsive instruction in K-12 schools.

Randy Moberg

Adjunct Instructor | ram44555@bethel.edu

Lisa Silmser

Adjunct Assistant Professor | l-silmser@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Teaching Specialty

Instructional Strategies, Differentiation and Interventions, Special Education, Language Arts and Literacy, Online Instructional Practices

Ruslana Westerlund

Adjunct Instructor | r-westerlund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Areas of expertise

English language development, bilingual education, academic language, ESL/bilingual program evaluation, teacher change, science of implementation, and policy implementation

Gretchen Wrobel

Adjunct Instructor | g-wrobel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Areas of expertise

Wrobel conducts research on curiosity as it affects relationships in adoption, including the adopted person, adoptive parents, and birth parents.

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