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Dennis Gunn, Ph.D., CFC, '93

Dennis Gunn

Assistant Professor

Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2210
Email: dgunn@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph. D., Religious Education, Fordham University
M.Ed., Religious Education, Boston College
BA, Religious Studies, Iona College, '93

Brother Dennis Gunn teaches courses in secondary and middle school methods, social studies methods, and philosophy of education. His research interests include the foundations, methods, and history of religious education, the religious, spiritual, and moral formation of youth and young adults, and the philosophy of religious education and Catholic education, with particular emphasis on the thought of Bernard Lonergan. .
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Christine Hardigree, Ph.D.

Christine Hardigree

Assistant Professor

Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2380
Email: chardigree@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., English Education, The University of Virginia
MA, Teaching, National-Louis University
BA, English and Spanish, The University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Christine Hardigree teaches courses in introductory and advanced adolescent literacy. Her research focuses on literacy and language instruction among linguistically diverse populations. Before entering academia, she was a teacher and administrator in secondary schools serving diverse students in Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles.


Amanda Howerton-Fox, Ph.D.

Amanda Howerton-Fox

Assistant Professor

Faculty Liaison, Academic Pathways at Iona

Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2680
Email: ahowertonfox@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Special Education/Applied Linguistics, Teachers College – Columbia University
MA, Deaf Education, Teachers College – Columbia University
M.Ed., Reading Education, Peabody College – Vanderbilt University
BA, English (with distinction), Amherst College

Dr. Amanda Howerton-Fox teaches introductory and advanced courses in childhood language and literacy development, action research methods, social justice, and American Sign Language. She is committed to preparing teachers to work effectively with students whose languages or dialects have been historically undervalued by our nation’s schools, such as bi/multilingual learners, deaf students who use American Sign Language, and speakers of non-standard dialects. Her research interests include linguistically responsive teaching, deaf children’s language and literacy development, bimodal bilingual education, sign language linguistics, teacher preparation and professional development.
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Richard A. McMahon

Richard A. McMahon

Clinical Senior Lecturer

Coordinator of Graduate Programs, Education Department

Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2552
Email: rmcmahon@iona.edu
Degrees: MA, New York University
MS, College of New Rochelle
BA, Iona College, 1973

Professor Richard McMahon teaches all courses preparing students for special education certification, as well as multicultural and educational philosophy courses. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of education. Having started his career in the classroom with students with special needs, Professor McMahon has served in all areas of school administration, in individual schools, and in related organizations. In these roles he has mentored countless student teachers, and maintained an active engagement in current and new teaching methods and strategies, having served in or as a member of a host of professional organizations, at the local and national level.
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Sarah Noonan

Sarah Noonan

Coordinator of Accreditation and Reports
AAQEP Coordinator

Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2135

Email: snoonan@iona.edu
Degrees: MA, Applied Quantitative Research, New York University
BA, Economics & Sociology, College of the Holy Cross

Sarah Noonan oversees all data collection, evaluation and reporting processes for the education department, most notably those needed to maintain programmatic accreditation under the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). She brings to this role a background in research project design and management as well as statistical analysis and recommendation across academic, commercial and nonprofit organizations. She collaborates with critical leaders in the department, across campus and across the region to ensure department preparation for accreditation review. As part of this work, she also supports departmental administrative operations and communications with current students and alumni.


Catherine Salch

Catherine Salch

Liberty Partnership Program Director
Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2518
Email: csalch@iona.edu
Degrees: MS.Ed., School Leadership, Manhattan College
PD, Guidance and Counseling, Fordham University
MS, Special Education, College of New Rochelle
BS, Education/Sociology, SUNY New Paltz

Catherine Salch serves as director of the Iona College Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP). LPP is a New York State grant-funded program that provides services to schools and students that are in danger of failing. Interventions include direct academic instruction and tutoring, social and emotional support/counseling, college prep, as well as enrichment activities and trips. Iona College’s LPP works with schools in the Yonkers city school district.


Malissa A. Scheuring Leipold, Ed.D.

Malissa A. Scheuring Leipold

Associate Professor
Chair, Education Department
Office: 80 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2281
Email: mleipold@iona.edu
Degrees: Ed.D., Educational Administration, Teachers College - Columbia University, 2004
Ed.M., Educational Administration, Teachers College - Columbia University, 2000
APD, Religious Education, Fordham University, 1996
MSEd, Education, Franciscan University, 1994
BS, Business Administration, Franciscan University, 1993

Dr. Malissa A. Scheuring Leipold teaches courses in introductory general and special education. Her scholarship focuses on issues related to educational leadership and organizational behavior. Dr. Scheuring Leipold’s research interests include effective leadership, policy analysis and implementation, teacher motivation, teacher job satisfaction, and teaching as a service profession.
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Ellen Small, Ed.D.

Ellen Small

Director of Student Teaching & edTPA Coordinator
Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2080
Email: esmall@iona.edu
Degrees: Ed. D., Educational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University
MS, Learning Disabilities, College of New Rochelle
BS, Elementary Education and Special Education K-12, Central Connecticut State College

Dr. Ellen Small teaches courses in special education and education theory and serves as the director of student teaching and the coordinator of the New York State Teacher Performance Assessment. Dr. Small places student teachers in classrooms in the surrounding school districts and provides them with supports to complete this last phase of their program requirement. She works closely with student teachers to ensure their success and the continued development of their pedagogy.
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William Zimmerman

William Zimmerman

Supervisor of Fieldwork
Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2479
Email: wzimmerman@iona.edu
Degrees: MA, Mathematics, New York University
BA, Mathematics, New York University

Professor William Zimmerman currently serves as the supervisor of fieldwork for undergraduate students, securing their classroom placements and formally observing them provide instruction to students. He also teaches math courses in conjunction with the teacher preparatory program. Professor Zimmerman has been an educator for over 40 years.


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Student Success

Iona has provided me with a strong foundation as both a student and future educator. I am proud and confident to enter the workforce due to the committed and continuous support of the faculty and fellow Gaels, and the many opportunities Iona has provided me with.

Elizabeth Nash ’13, ’15MS

BA, Adolescence Education; MS, Education in Special Education and Literacy