Students in a teacher education class


Nancy HayesNancy Hayes

Associate Professor

Contact Information:
Office: 404 Stuart Hall
Phone: 319.399.8137

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, Language, Literacy, and Culture, 2004
  • M.A., Penn State University, Comparative Literature, 1993
  • B.A., University of Illinois, English, 1989

Teaching Background:
Elementary bilingual 
Secondary & post-secondary Spanish
Post-secondary teacher education

Research Interests:
Cultural competence
International education

Courses I teach at Coe: 
Foundations of Education (EDU 105)
Professional Writing for Teachers (EDU 220)
Foundations of Reading (EDU 241)
Content Area Literacy (EDU 260)
English Language Learners (EDU 237)
K-12 Student Teacher Supervision
May Term in Alicante, Spain

Favorite Coe memory/tradition:
Ringing the bell!

Stacy Haynes-MooreStacy Haynes-Moore

Visiting Professor

Contact Information:
Office: Stuart 402B
Phone: 319.399.8263

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Communications Journalism, Truman State University 
  • M.A.T., English Education, The University of Iowa
  • Ph.D., Language, Literacy, and Culture, The University of Iowa

What are your research and academic interests? 
Sociocultural theory and critical discourse analysis influence my approaches to research. Some of my academic interests include issues of equity in curriculum and assessment; teachers' classroom instruction; student writing and literacies; and teacher education.

Courses I teach at Coe?
Educational Foundations (EDU 105)
Human Relations (EDU 187)
Methods of Secondary English Language Arts (EDU 311)
Practicum (EDU 215)

Teaching Background:
Teacher, English Language Arts
Teacher and Adviser, Student Journalism
School District Instructional Coach
School District Facilitator (ELA Curriculum Grades 6-12)
Adjunct Professor, The University of Iowa

What is your favorite Coe tradition?
I am excited to learn about and experience Coe's traditions. As an instructor, one of my most anticipated moments each year is meeting my students that first week of class and to begin hearing their stories, learning about who they are and who they may want to be as future teachers.

Sarah Kress

Sarah Kress

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
Office: Stuart 409C
Phone: 319.399.8813

Educational Background:

  • B.A., Elementary Education, Coe College, 1999
  • K-6 Teacher Elementary Classroom
  • K-8 English/Language Arts
  • K-8 Reading
  • M.A., Educational Leadership, Drake University, 2006
  • PK-12 Principal
  • PK-12 Special Education Supervisor
  • Evaluator

What are your research and academic interests?
Connecting current brain research with instructional practices is an ongoing interest. Motivation of all learners is also an area that I enjoy teaching. I also focus on teaching differentiation strategies and accelerating skills of all learners.

Courses I teach at Coe?
Practicum in Elementary Education (EDU 215)
Methods of Elementary Science (EDU 305)
Diagnostic Reading (EDU 395)

What special activities are you involved in at Coe?
Many of the classes I teach involve a hands-on field experience in area classrooms; I enjoy visiting students in the classroom. Observing, providing feedback and discussing teaching with Coe students is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. Recently, we have moved the tutoring component of Diagnostic Reading to Coe. This change has been pivotal in supporting Coe students in their work with individual readers. I enjoy seeing the work Coe students do with their students and being available to provide assistance and ongoing feedback each time they teach.

What is your favorite Coe tradition?
The ringing of the victory bell.  Not only is this tradition a link to Coe’s past and my own experience here, heard across campus, it is a reminder of the hard work our students do in and out of the classroom.

Amy Russell

Amy Russell

Assistant Professor

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Mount Mercy College, 1996
  • M.A., Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, The University of Iowa, 2005

What are your research and academic interests?
Teacher dispositions that lead to effective teaching and learning practices, instructional strategies with high cognitive engagement and teacher health and wellness habits.

Courses I teach at Coe?
Exceptional Learners (EDU 117)
Teaching Language Arts K-6 (EDU 345)
Teaching Reading K-6 (EDU 355)
Methods of Elementary Social Studies (EDU 365)
Diagnostic Reading and Tutorial (EDU 395)
Student Teaching Seminar

What special activities are you involved in at Coe?
Part of my work includes coming alongside student teachers, supervisors, and cooperating teachers during students' capstone teaching experience. Watching student teachers shift from thinking like a student to thinking like a teacher is one of my favorite moments during seminar. Welcoming Coe students to the teaching profession is a beautiful moment!

What is your favorite Coe tradition?
Coe students practice their teaching skills in the field, throughout the program. At the end of their program, they meet with faculty for their final Student Teaching ePortfolio Interview. It's an exciting time! They've worked hard and it shows! In their final interview, they demonstrate what they've learned in an interview similar to what they will experience in a K-12 teaching interview. I love listening to them talk about their growth and who they are as a teacher. They are ready to work with future administrators and teaching colleagues!

Betsy Kigin

Betsy Kigin

Field Placement Coordinator

Contact Information:
Office: 409A Stuart Hall 
Phone: 319.399.8575

Educational background:

  • B.A. University of Iowa

Special activities involved with at Coe:
I've been with the Education Department for over 18 years and have enjoyed getting to know students and placing them in area schools for their field experiences and student teaching. Working and collaborating with my colleagues is one of my strengths.  The past two years I have served as a staff mentor with Coach Atwater in his First Year Seminar course. I was able to share my love of yoga by leading students in a FYS class.

Outside interests:
On most days you can find me in the ARC over the noon hour working out. I love to hike, bike, do yoga and bake cakes. You can often find me reading a bestseller in my free time and streaming movies during the cold winter months. Last year I was able to spend some time in Florida walking on the beach and enjoying the sunsets.

Part-time Faculty

Brian K. Christoffersen

  • B.A., University of Northern Iowa
  • Masters, University of Texas, San Antonio

Courses: Human Relations (EDU 187)

John Lawrence Hanson

  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A.T., University of Iowa
  • Ed.D., University of Northern Iowa
  • Graduate Certificate in Sociology, Appalachian State University

Courses: Exceptional Learners (EDU 117)

Megan Hanson

  • B.A., Coe College, 2009
  • M.A., University of Northern Iowa, 2015

Courses: Methods of Secondary Mathematics (EDU 313)
Mathematics Comprehension for Teaching (EDU 275)

Kim Hynek

  • B.A., Coe College, 1993
  • M.A., Graceland University, May 2005

Courses: Secondary Business Methods (EDU 310)

Sean Neilly

  • B.A., History, University of Iowa, 1997
  • M.A., Social Studies Education, University of Iowa, 2001

Courses: Secondary Social Studies Methods
K-12 Social studies Content Lead, Cedar Rapids Community School District                                                National Board Certified Teacher, High School History

Chad Zrudsky

  • B.A., Coe College, 2001
  • M.A.T., University of Northern Iowa, 2008

Courses: Methods of Secondary Science

Roger Johanson

Roger Johanson

Professor of Education, Emeritus

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1979, Curriculum and Instruction, Math Education and Educational Research Methods 
  • M.S., Cornell University, 1976
  • B.A., Luther College, 1971, Math and Psychology

Terry McNabb

Professor of Education, Emerita
Associate Dean of the Faculty

Educational Background: 

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa, Educational Psychology (1986)
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, Counselor Education (1975)
  • B.A., Western Michigan University, History and Sociology (1972)

Teaching Background:
High school American and World History (Farmington, Michigan and Bangkok, Thailand)
Middle school Social Studies (Charlottesville, Virginia)
High school Counseling (Ruamrudee International School, Bangkok, Thailand)

Classes Taught at Coe:
Educational Psychology

Research and Academic Interests:
Appropriate application of neuroscience findings to education
Academic motivation
Uses and misuses of standardized testing in schools
Research on memory and student learning

Special activities at Coe:
Associate Dean of the Faculty (2010-2016)
J-term trips to England and Thailand (1998, 2000, 2002)
Led Asian Studies term in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam (2008)

Favorite Coe memory/tradition:
I love the opening of the school year when faculty applaud the first-year students into the college and the end of the school year when we applaud them into the next part of their lives. Commencement is both thrilling and sad, but one Coe tradition I love is that so many students stay in touch with their professors!