MAT Faculty

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Faculty 

Dr. Alexis Yowell

Director, MAT Program
MAT 703: Effective Teaching Strategies; MAT 743: The Practice of Culturally Responsive Teaching; MAT 744: Leading Through Teaching Instructor

Cheryl Fuller

MAT Program University Supervisor

Cheryl Fuller

  • A favorite quote about education: "Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child." I believe this quote speaks to our roll as educators in preparing students adequately for whatever challenges they will face in the world.  Because the world changes faster than we are able to change ourselves, it is necessary for us to teach children skills that can be used in all paths they may travel: the ability to think critically and solve problems; skills to collaborate and communicate effectively with those who are like us and those who are different from us; the ability to be creative and flexible in our ever changing world. I am passionate about supporting those people who are courageous in wanting to be the teachers of the children who are seeking so much from us. Teaching at this time has never been more challenging and I am honored to have the opportunity to help prepare teachers for those challenges. As a life-long learner myself, I love the experience of teaching and learning and seek to share that with all student teacher candidates!

Molly Goldwasser

MAT 702: Educating Adolescents Instructor 

Molly Goldwasser

  • A favorite quote about education: “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
  • A favorite book about education: Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit

Subject Area Methods (SAM) Instructors:

Christine Fierro

Math Methods Instructor

Christine Fierro








  • A favorite quote about education: "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." - Attributed to many
  • A favorite book about education: Keeping Track: How Schools Structure Inequality by Jeannie Oakes

Brian McDonald

Social Studies Methods Instructor

Brian McDonald

Favorite quotes about education:
  • “It is not the light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.” – Frederick Douglass
  • “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
  • “No one changes the world who isn’t obsessed.” – Billy Jean King
  • “Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned.” – Mark Twain
  • “Activism is my rent for living on this planet.” – Alice Walker
  • "Education means to bring out wisdom. Indoctrination means to push in knowledge.” – Dick Gregory
Favorite books about education: 
  • The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession by Dana Goldsten
  • Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
  • The Shame of the Nation and On Being a Teacher by Jonathan Kozol
  • For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Ya’ll Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education by Christopher Emdin​​​​​​
  • Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms by Richard Milner

What excites you the most about preparing teachers? Children need good teachers and good role models, people that make them think and that help them grow, and someone that teaches them not only the curriculum but important life skills to be active citizens when they leave our classrooms. Helping shape the future generations of educators to become those people is what excites me most about preparing future teachers. For this is the most challenging, most rewarding, and most important job that there is!

Brittany Smith

English Methods Instructor 

Brittany Smith

  • A favorite quote about education: “Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.“ – W. E. B. Du Bois

  • What excites you the most about preparing teachers? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. How do you impact the educational system as a whole? One student at a time; one teacher at a time. By having a hand in building the foundational skills of a future generation of instructors, I get to have a hand in reaching more students. I am genuinely excited by the prospect of reaching more students beyond just those in my own classroom.

Mika Twietmeyer

Science Methods Instructor

  • A favorite quote about education: "Without math and science you are disadvantaged from the start."

  • What excites you the most about preparing teachers?  I enjoy the excitement and creativity that interns bring to the classroom and the lessons they create. I enjoy watching them develop their craft. Alongside them, I get to reflect on my craft and learn with them.  I think It's also important for students to see that adults want to enter the education profession, that it is a profession where there are internships and apprenticeships so that the skills can be learned. 

Faculty Advisors

Thomas J. Ferraro

Frances Hill Fox Professor of English


Adriane Lentz-Smith

Associate Professor, Department of History


Ezra Miller

Professor of Mathematics


John Willis

Professor of Biology

John Willis