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M.A. in Teaching 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.


Lisa Bekemeyer

Adjunt Instructor | ldb86486@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Areas of expertise

I am passionate about teaching language through CI (Comprehensible Input) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). I base my courses on these tenants and strive to help my learners gain a variety of strategies for teaching language through content.


Laura BeMent-Jaroscak

Program Director | lab73285@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Teaching Speciality

Work Based Learning Technology Business Education


Katie Bonawitz, EdD

Associate Professor of Education | katie-bonawitz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Areas of expertise

Dr. Bonawitz researched disabilities amidst world religions for her doctoral work. Other research areas include Finnish SpEd, collaboration with general and special education, and transformational teacher preparation. Her special education teaching specialties include history, legal issues, mild-moderate disabilities, consultation, collaboration.


Cheryl Bostrom

Adjunct Assistant Professor | c-bostrom@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Areas of expertise

My areas of expertise include teaching, academic research and writing, communication, and leadership.


Katherine Churchill

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education | k-churchill@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1990

Areas of expertise

Churchill is currently writing and illustrating a book on painting activities for intermediate and middle school students. Her interests include acrylic painting and art education.


Ken Dean

Adjunct Assistant Professor | kmd78958@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Areas of expertise

Biological Studies


Donna LeGrand

Department Chair of Modern World Languages, Associate Professor of Spanish Education | legdon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Areas of expertise

LeGrand developed and directs Bethel’s Spain Term and works with the World Languages and Cultures education program at Bethel. Her interests include teaching all levels of Spanish, teaching about and applying theories of second language acquisition, and researching reading in a second language. LeGrand is on the executive board of the Minnesota Council of Teaching Languages and Cultures and has been president of the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Languages: Spanish


Jill Martin

Associate Professor of Education | jmartin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Areas of expertise

Martin’s scholarly interests include content area literacy, reflective teaching, and teacher’s use of metacognation. Her teaching specialties include secondary social studies, middle level philosophy and pedagogy, and educational psychology.


Jane Matheson

Adjunct Instructor | j-matheson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Teaching Speciality

Science Education and Assessment


Lisa Silmser

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

Teaching Speciality

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


Danny Swensen

Associate Professor of Education | d-swensen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Areas of expertise

Areas of expertise include middle school education, education technology, statistics, and math and physics education.


Sarah Tahtinen-Pacheco

Associate Professor of Modern World Languages | s-tahtinen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Areas of expertise

30 Years Experience in Teaching & Research in: Teacher Education, Bilingual-Bicultural and World Languages and Cultures Ed.; Pre-K -Adult, Curriculum, Assessment, and Instructional Design, ESL/Bilingual/Foreign Language Program, Development & Evaluation, Faculty Development/Teaching Mentor, and Doctoral/Masters Thesis Advisor


Molly Wickam

Program Director | m-wickam@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Areas of expertise

Program management, business education, business capstones, service-learning, marketing


Gretchen Wrobel

Professor of Psychology | 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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