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Faculty & Staff

Dennis Gunn, CFC, '93

Instructor, Education & Religious Studies

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.

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.

Assistant Professor

Director, ASSET (After-School Scholastic Enrichment & Tutoring)

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 courses in introductory and advanced childhood and early childhood literacy. Her current line of research examines the kinds of knowledge that are most useful to language and literacy teachers and investigates how teacher preparation programs can help teachers to attain that knowledge. She is particularly interested in preparing teachers to work effectively with students whose languages or dialects have been historically undervalued by our nation’s schools, such as ELLs, deaf students who use American Sign Language, and speakers of non-standard dialects. Her other research interests include language and literacy learning, bilingual-bicultural education, and the linguistics of signed languages.
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Richard A. McMahon

Clinical Senior Lecturer
Coordinator, Graduate School of Education
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

Coordinator of Accreditation and Reports

CAEP 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 brings to her role as accreditation coordinator experience in publishing, program analysis and evaluation. While completing her graduate degree Sarah worked as a program and data analyst for Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and its “Thrive by 25” youth development initiative. Through this experience she realized her interest in working within the arenas of higher education and the labor market, leading to her current position at Iona.


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.

Assistant Professor
Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 637-2754
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 reseach 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

Assistant Professor
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 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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Margaret Smith

Chair, Education Department

Assistant Professor, Mathematics Education

Coordinator of Task Stream
 Certification Officer, Education Department

Office: 82 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2078
Email: msmith@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Delaware
MA, Mathematics, Villanova University
BS, Physical Science – Mathematics Concentration, York College of Pennsylvania

Dr. Margaret Smith teaches courses in mathematics education. Her research examines how teachers plan and implement mathematically rich and engaging lessons. Her current research interests include mathematical problem solving, and cross national comparisons of mathematics teaching. She has worked on several research and development projects, including the Third International Mathematics and Science 1999 Video Study, Project 2061 and Lesson Lab. Dr. Smith is currently consulting on Lesson Lab’s Algebra Learning for All Project, examining ways ongoing professional development and collaboration, using video examples, can help teachers.


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 and graduate 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 with an emphasis on computational fluency. Professor Zimmerman has been an educator for 42 years.


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