Students in a teacher education class


Christine Wolfe

Christy Wolfe

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
Office: 402 Stuart Hall 
Phone: 319.399.8263

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., University of Iowa College of Education, Iowa City, Iowa (2007)
  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa (1998)
  • B.A., Sociology (major) with non-degree major in English writing, Saint Mary's College of Notre Dame, Indiana (1989)
  • Teaching Certification, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (1991)

Research Interests:
Educational Equity
Technology Integration in Teaching and Learning
History of Education
Technology and Communication in Schools

Courses I teach at Coe:
Human Relations (EDU 387)
Practicum--Secondary Education (EDU 215) [general teaching methods]
Courses in Coe College's Masters of Teaching Program

Other Activities at Coe:
I taught a course in May, Equity in Education. Ten students and I explored ideas and philosophies behind educational strategies addressing inequity in education, including homeschooling, dual language schools and urban education charter schools. We visited programs across eastern Iowa and also spent a week-plus in Chicago, visiting numerous charter schools.

As part of the secondary education practicum course, I get out and visit students in their field experiences in local schools. This allows me to both see the environment through students' perspectives and also to interact with teachers in the field.

I work with Theresa Keeley, an educator at METRO High School in Cedar Rapids. As part of the Human Relations course, Theresa brings students from METRO — a nationally recognized alternative program — to Coe, and Coe students spend a day at METRO. We get to see a strong program and dedicated teachers, working to help students remove obstacles from their lives and get a quality education.

Favorite memories/traditions:
My favorite days are when students call or email and say, "I got my first teaching job!" A close second would be the times when they call or email midyear and say, "It's hard and I'm working long hours, and I feel like I have so much to learn, but I got this great email from a parent I wanted to share with you." Seeing Coe students transition from student to teacher is gratifying and humbling.


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Nancy 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
Foundations of Reading
Content Area Literacy
Social Studies Methods for Elementary Teachers
K-12 Student Teacher Supervision
May Term in Alicante, Spain

Favorite Coe memory/tradition:
Ringing the bell!

Chris Johnson

Christopher Johnson

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
Office: Stuart 402A
Phone: 319.399.8870

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, Educational Psychology, 2016
  • M.Ed, University of Georgia, Educational Psychology, 2009
  • B.S., Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, Elementary Education, 2007

Research Interests:
Racial Identity
Interracial Interactions
Student/Teacher Relationships

Courses I teach at Coe:
Human Relations (EDU 387)
Educational Psychology and Development (EDU 235)

Favorite Coe memory/tradition:

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Sarah Kress

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
Office: Stuart 402A
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.

What classes do you teach?
Practicum in Elementary Education
Methods of Teaching Reading
Methods of Teaching Language Arts
Diagnostic Reading
Literature K-12

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.

Betsy Kigin

Betsy Kigin

Field Placement Coordinator

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

Part-time Faculty

Sherri Condon

  • M.A., French/Education, University of Northern Iowa, 2000
  • M.A., Spanish/Education, University of Northern Iowa, 1994
  • National Board Certification, 2005

Courses taught: Foreign Language Methods

Currently teaching French and Spanish at Linn Mar High School

Megan Hanson

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

Theresa Keeley

  • B.S., Eastern Illinois University, 1985
  • M.Ed., Graceland University, 2010

Sean Neilly

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

Courses taught: Secondary Social Studies Methods

Currently teaching World History at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School

Helen Neumann

  • B.A., Grinnell College, 1993
  • M.A., University of Iowa, 1997
  • M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1998

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

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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:
Currently serving as Associate Dean of the Faculty
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 teachers!