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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

Seann Dikkers

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Education | seann-dikkers@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Areas of expertise

Seann Dikkers formerly served fourteen years as a middle school history teacher, high school principal, and education consultant. Dikkers’ work focuses on the integration of new media technologies for formal and informal educational settings. His books, Real-Time Research, Mobile Media Learni. . . read more.


Susan Brooks

Director of 5-12 and K-12 Education Programs | susan-brooks@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Research interests

Teacher conceptions of literature and how they are manifested in the classroom; Preservice teachers' understanding of literary theory; Student engagement

Scott Brown

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

Areas of expertise

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 licensur. . . read more.

Katharine Churchill

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art 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.

Steven Henkel

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

Areas of expertise

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

Sandi Horn

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

Areas of expertise

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.

Bonnie Houck

Associate Professor of Education | bhouck@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Areas of expertise


Lisa Kepple

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

Andre Koen

Adjunct Instructor in Education | ank73572@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Areas of expertise

My focus is in multicultural education in K-12 educational setting and in workplace demographics as they apply to EEO challenges and ADA compliance.

Donna LeGrand

Associate Professor of Spanish Education | legdon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Teaching Specialty

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 languag. . . read more.

Mary Lindell

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

Areas of expertise

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

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.

Patricia Paulson

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

Areas of expertise

Paulson focuses her research on trustworthy practices for learning science, focusing specifically on scientific practices. She has led the GEMS program, coordinates the STEM certification program, teaches Life Science Concepts, Applied STEM Practices, and Science Curriculum and Methods at all l. . . read more.

Jolene Pearson

Associate Professor and Director of Early Childhood Services | jolene-pearson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Areas of expertise

Pearson has focused her research and professional work in pre-service teacher education, professional development for early childhood educators, online education, and infant mental health. Her teaching specialties include premature infants, infant mental health, early childhood special educatio. . . read more.

Linda Probert

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

Areas of expertise

My expertise is in Literacy for K-2 children and Kindergarten education. I am passionate about working with teacher candidates as they learn to teach young children in developmentally, active, and creative ways. My research interest is the importance of play in children's school experience.

Jay Rasmussen

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 Facu. . . read more.

Mark Rhoads

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

Areas of expertise

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 Pro. . . read more.

Danny Swensen

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

Areas of expertise

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

Sarah Tahtinen-Pacheco

Associate Professor of TESL | 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. . . read more.

Steven Thompson

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

Areas of expertise

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. . . read more.

Geri Von Grey

Instructor in Education | geri-vongrey@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Program Distinctives

Approved by Minnesota Board of Teaching

The Board of Teaching governs the teacher licensing requirements for the state of Minnesota. The undergraduate Education program at Bethel meets these requirements.

Accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

Bethel’s undergraduate teacher education program is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Accreditation System for a period of 7 years, from October 2015 through December 2022. Our teacher education program will seek accreditation under the CAEP Standards in fall of 2022. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers TEAC accreditation. See our candidate performance data (pdf).

Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative

Bethel’s Education program is part of a Bush Foundation funded collaboration with five other higher education institutions called the Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2).

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