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Tuesday Show & Tell - Relationships, mentoring, and coaching with Doctoral students and LDFMs (Lead Doctoral Faculty Mentors)
Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
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CPED Tuesday Show & Tell

Relationships, mentoring, and coaching with Doctoral students and LDFMs (Lead Doctoral Faculty Mentors)

Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Marymount University is excited to share our high-engagement, high-touch coaching and mentoring activities embedded within our EdD program. We will share our ups and downs in creating, building, and sustaining a very interactive and empowering student/advisor relationship model. Please join us!



Clara Hauth

Dr. Clara Hauth joined Marymount in 2014. Her academic experience includes teaching both graduate and undergraduate online instruction at George Mason University and James Madison University. Prior to her work at Marymount, she spent 5 years in the broadcasting industry, training and leading teams in program content, and 10 years as a secondary special education teacher and chair leading teacher training. She serves as a liaison with state and national programs supporting students with disabilities and is an active member of AERA, ASCD, CEC, and divisions CCBD, CLD, DISES and TED. She serves as the president for the DISES board, collaborating with global educational organizations. Dr. Hauth’s transformational leadership in preparing teachers and administrators for careers in the critical field of special education is noted through her co-authored book The Survival Guide for New Special Education Teachers. Her research agenda includes interventions in schools, teacher and school leadership, and global education. She is the Program Coordinator for the EdD in Educational Leadership and organizational Innovation.

Jessica Marotta

Dr. Jessica Marotta has dedicated her passion for teaching for over twenty-five years in the education profession. She has taught secondary social studies, been a department chairperson, district coordinator, assistant principal, central office instructional coordinator, and university supervisor for student teachers. She is currently an assistant professor and Associate School Director in the College of Health and Education at Marymount University in Virginia. Her undergraduate degree is in history, her Master’s degree is in Secondary Education and her Doctorate is in Administration and Supervision. Her current research interests are in preservice teacher education, assessment, and leadership.

Nicole Conners

Dr. Nicole A. Conners recently retired from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) after 30 years of service as a special education teacher and then as a program manager for the Special Education Mentor Coach program and Intensive Support Team (IST). In addition, she has served in the capacity of an adjunct professor at George Mason University, University of Virginia, and George Washington University since 2008. Dr. Conners graduated with her doctorate from George Mason University in 2008 with research interests in developing special education teacher practices from novice to expert through coaching and mentoring. She worked collaboratively with leadership to design and develop a special education mentor coach program in the Office of Special Education Instruction (OSEI). She supported the coaching development of eight mentor coaches who worked closely with novice teachers, zero to three years of experience, for continuous improvement and reflective practice. In addition, she worked collaboratively to design and develop the Intensive Support Team (IST) to build the capacity of administrators and school staff to consistently design, deliver and implement systematic and high-quality behavioral, socio-emotional, and instructional evidence-based practices focused on the whole child. One capstone during her career within FCPS was as a presenter for the Virginia Department of Educational Leadership Academy (ASELA) Cohort on Coaching for Results. The presentation focused on strategic leadership and the development of learning cultures through professional learning communities (PLCs) and coaching focused on positive student outcomes.

Jennifer Crystle

Dr. Jennifer Crystle joined Marymount in 2017 and most recently served as the head of the Office of Global Learning, Engagement, and Research. Throughout her career in international education, Jen has conducted research on international education policy, ethical issues in education abroad, and fostering global and social responsibility among students. Jen has extensive experience in higher education administration and leadership, with experience at both public and private institutions. She has served on several strategic committees, including committees on high impact practices, curriculum development, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Jen has presented at numerous local and national conferences and has conducted many international site visits. Jen is a member of the Marymount Inclusion Network and she is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory. Her academic and professional interests include global education policy, intercultural and career competencies, experiential learning, and school leadership.

Pisani Joseph

Dr. Joseph Pisani joined the Marymount University faculty in 2021as a Lead Doctoral Faculty Mentor. Dr. Pisani’s academic experience includes serving as a Senior Dissertation Chair for Grand Canyon University and Liberty University as Student Teaching Adjunct Faculty, in the School of Graduate Education. For the past 28 years Dr. Pisani has worked in P-12 public education. He has served as a Social Studies and Career and Technical Education teacher. For the past 18 years Dr. Pisani has served as a secondary administrator, 15 years as a high school principal in both New York and Virginia.

Dr. Pisani graduated from Capella University with his PhD in 2008 with a primary emphasis in Education Leadership and Technology. Dr. Pisani's graduate degree is in Elementary and Secondary Education from Dowling College and earned a postgraduate degree in School District Administration. His first undergraduate degree in History and Political Science is from SUNY @ Stony Brook and his second undergraduate degree in Business Administration is from Dowling College. Dr. Pisani’s research interests are focused on transition challenges for students from middle school to high school and leadership development and methodology. Dr. Pisani is currently authoring a book on shared leadership and the value of stakeholder voice. He is an active member of Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals and National Association of Secondary School Principals."

Lisa Turissini

Dr. Lisa Turissini spent 15 years as a teacher, school principal, and executive vice president of schools for a non-profit organization. As president of an educational consulting company, she conducted staff and faculty leadership development, evaluated educational programs, and developed curricula.
Lisa joined Marymount University in 2004 as an adjunct professor and University Supervisor of student teachers. She was the Education Coordinator for the M.Ed. cohort at Marymount's Reston Center from 2007-2012. In 2013, she joined the full-time faculty as Chair of the education department. 

Lisa is dedicated to preparing the most effective and passionate educators and educational leaders who are able to serve today’s diverse communities. She teaches and advises both UG and GRAD students. She oversees the teacher preparation programs’ accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Virginia Department of Education’s (VDOE) licensure processes and is a CAEP site visitor and VDOE licensing agent.



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