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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.

Department Chair

Jill Martin

Jill Martin

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

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.

Faculty

John Bergeland

John Bergeland

Adjunct Instructor of Education | jbergeland@isd12.org | Started at Bethel: 2005

Content Area Literacy, Disciplinary Literacy, Vocabulary Instruction, Teaching Reading, Middle School Education

Scott Brown

Scott Brown

Professor of Mathematics Education Emeritus | sbrown@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Brown has years of practical classroom experience as a mathematics teacher in the public schools of Cody, Wyoming. He teaches a wide range of courses in both mathematics and education and oversees Bethel's 5-8 and 5-12 math education programs, ensuring compliance with Minnesota teacher licensure requirements.

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Cara Cardoso

Adjunct Instructor of Education | cara-cardoso@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Cardoso is grateful God brought her to Bethel University to interact with aspiring teachers and use her as a tool to further His work! Her husband and she live in White Bear Township where they enjoy getting outdoors with their two children. As a School Psychologist, she enjoys problem-solving using a team approach. She is motivated to connect with families and help them navigate the Special Education process. Each child is a new opportunity to extend the grace and love that she has been gi. . . read more.

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Becky Carlson

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education and Elementary Education Placement Coordinator | becky-carlson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2003

Becky Carlson formerly served ten years as a fourth and fifth-grade elementary teacher and began at Bethel University in 2003 serving as a supervisor for student teachers and practicum experiences. Carlson's work focuses on placing student teachers and field experience students in elementary schools and working with local Twin Cities school districts. Her current partnerships focus on research in induction support for new teachers.

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Patricia Danforth

Assistant Professor of Education Emerita | danpat@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1991

Assistant Professor of Education Emerita

William Derden

William Derden

Adjunct Instructor of Education | wid88763@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Adjunct Professor Specializing in Special Education Due Process and Law Graduate of Bethel Educational Doctorate Program.

Karin Farrington

Karin Farrington

Adjunct Instructor of Education | k-farrington@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Karin started her teaching career in 2004 in K-12 Special Education EBD, SLD, OHI, and ASD and has taught in federal settings I,II,III,IV. She received her K-12 Art teaching license in 2018, has four years of teaching experience as a K-5 Elementary Art teacher, and is currently a High School Art teacher. Karin began her adjunct position at Bethel University in 2013 in the Special Education MA program where she was an instructor, thesis advisor, and student teacher supervisor. After receivin. . . read more.

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Adele Greenlee

Professor of Education Emerita | a-greenlee@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1993

Professor of Education Emerita

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Justine Harren

Adjunct Instructor of Education | jub95553@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Adjunct Instructor of Education

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Dorothy Haugen

Assistant Professor of Physical Education Emerita | haudor@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

Assistant Professor of Physical Education Emerita

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Katelin Held

Adjunct Instructor of Education | k-held@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Steven Henkel

Steven Henkel

Adjunct Professor of Physical Education | s-henkel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1986

Henkel speaks and writes about creative movement, motor skill development, character development, and developmentally appropriate games for children and youth.

Sandi Horn

Sandi Horn

Associate Professor of Education Emerita | sandi-horn@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Horn's research interests include charter school development, experiential learning for teacher education candidates, and integration of social studies concepts into elementary curriculum. Her teaching specialties include introduction to education and elementary social studies methods.

Nadine Johnson

Nadine Johnson

Education Licensing and Advising Specialist | n-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Johnson focuses primarily on advising incoming first-time students and transfer students to the education department while also advising seniors through the licensure process as they journey forward into a teaching career.

Rachel Jorgensen

Rachel Jorgensen

Adjunct Instructor of Education | rra35368@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Educator with a specialized focus in the areas of work-based learning, internship development and special education.

Lisa Kepple

Lisa Kepple

Adjunct Instructor of Health Education | patlis@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Adjunct Instructor of Applied Health Sciences

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David Klostreich

Associate Professor of Physical Education Emeritus | klolois@comcast.net | Started at Bethel: 1970

Associate Professor of Physical Education Emeritus

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Paul Koenig

Adjunct Instructor of Education | pak34748@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Elisabeth Lefebvre

Elisabeth Lefebvre

Associate Professor of Education | eel54258@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Dr. Elisabeth E. Lefebvre is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at Bethel University. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education with a minor in Sociocultural Studies in Education from the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon. Before attending graduate school, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Louisiana, USA, and in Morocco. Lefebvre's interdisciplinary research examines the m. . . read more.

Mary Lindell

Mary Lindell

Associate Professor of Education | mlindell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Lindell is interested in practices and interventions that support student success in inclusive environments. She enjoys facilitating general and special education teacher development and partnering with schools to better prepare teachers and serve (P-12) students well.

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Amie Lorence Grubidge

Adjunct Instructor of Education | amie-lorence@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Peg McCormick

Peg McCormick

Associate Professor of Education | p-mccormick@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Peg McCormick's interests and areas of specialization include Behavioral Theory, interventions for the EBD classroom, resilient health and occupational longevity for teachers, and best practices for the support of international student teachers.

Michael Mignard

Michael Mignard

Associate Professor of Education and Director of Education Clinical Practice | m-mignard@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Introduction to Education

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Mindy Molin

Administrative Assistant | m-molin@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Mindy Molin works as the Administrative Assistant for the department. She assists students in the admissions process to join the Education program and happy to help students, faculty and cooperating teachers through field placements and graduation.

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Bryan Olson

Adjunct Instructor of Education | blo39432@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Adjunct Instructor of Education

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Melissa Olson

Adjunct Instructor of Education | melissa-olson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Adjunct Instructor of Education

Patricia Paulson

Patricia Paulson

Professor of Science Education Emerita | patricia-paulson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Paulson focuses her research on trustworthy practices for teaching and learning, focusing specifically on integrating scientific practices. She has led the GEMS program, coordinated the STEM program, and taught Life Science Concepts, Applied STEM Practices, and Science Curriculum and Methods at all levels. With the completion of her phased in retirement in June 2020, Paulson serves as an adjunct instructor in the Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership program, teaching the Curriculum and Inst. . . read more.

Abbey Payeur

Abbey Payeur

Assistant Professor of Education | abbeypayeur@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Abbey Payeur is passionate about literacy and ensuring our preservice teachers are prepared to teach all students to read and write. The literacy courses she teaches integrate the Science of Reading and important research from the fields of Education, Cognitive Science, and Educational Psychology.

Jolene Pearson

Jolene Pearson

Associate Professor of Education Emerita | jolene-pearson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Dr. Pearson has focused her research on pre-service teacher preparation. Her dissertation was entitled: Too Important to Ignore: Teaching Pre-Service Teachers about Infants and Toddlers. Her current research is focused on analysis of student's reflective journals to understand how they interpret their experiences in early childhood classrooms during practicums. In Fall 2018 her sabbatical research will take her to the University of Iceland, Queen Maud University in Norway, Roehampton Univ. . . read more.

Linda Probert

Linda Probert

Adjunct Associate Professor of Education | linda-probert@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Beginning as a general education elementary teacher, Associate Professor Probert has taught at Bethel since 1996 in both the CAS and the Graduate levels. Her main responsibilities are teaching Reading Foundations and working with students as they complete their edTPA during student teaching. She also is one of the professors that teaches Foundations of Education.

Jay Rasmussen

Jay Rasmussen

Professor of Education Emeritus | rasjay@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Jay has served for 27 years as a teacher educator and is currently a Professor Emeritus of Education at Bethel University. Teaching responsibilities included undergraduate and graduate level courses in literacy education and assessment. His previous administrative responsibilities included 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 which he helped develop and oversee four master's programs and on. . . read more.

Mark Rhoads

Mark Rhoads

Professor of Music Emeritus | rhomar@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Rhoads teaches courses in church music, music education, and gen. ed. arts courses. He is a member of the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada and is active in discussions on music and worship, with current research in American hymnody, especially the reform movement in the American Protestant church in the early 19th century. Rhoads is active in church music as director, hymn and tune writer, and worship planner. He also writes and publishes poetry.. . . read more.

Danny Swensen

Danny Swensen

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

Areas of expertise include mathematics and physics education, education technology, and statistics.

Steven Thompson

Steven Thompson

Professor of Music Education | s-thompson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Thompson teaches courses in instrumental conducting, instrumental pedagogies, private trumpet instruction, and conducts the Bethel Wind Symphony. Thompson maintains an active performing schedule as a trumpeter in the Upper Midwest and the Eastern United States. He is sought after as a clinician and as an adjudicator for numerous contest events.

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Lauren Van Gomple

Adjunct Instructor of Education | lsv89686 | Started at Bethel: 2018

As a Bethel Alumna, Professor Van Gomple is proud to contribute to the valuable learning that takes place at Bethel. After many years in the special education classroom, she brings her experience and expertise to her role as a teacher educator! Personal areas of expertise include social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, evidence-based intervention, literacy, assessment, and instructional design.

Geri Von Grey

Geri Von Grey

Associate Professor of Education | geri-vongrey@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Professor VonGrey has been in the field of education for over 25 years. She has spent many years teaching in various schools including public, private, Montessori, and International school contexts. She began her work at Bethel in 2012 and works with Elementary Education majors. Her interests include best practices in social studies education, integrating educational psychology, social-emotional learning, and trauma-informed teaching practices. Additionally, she is interested in supporting . . . read more.

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Louise Wilson

Associate Professor of Education Emerita | louise-wilson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Associate Professor of Education Emerita