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Department of Education

 Gary Bigham

Dr. Gary Bigham

Associate Professor of Education

“My mission is to have an impact on young lives through their quality of education.  With 20 years experience as a teacher, principal and superintendent, I’ve been able to partially fulfill that mission.  At the university level, I instruct prospective principals and superintendents and conduct research in educational leadership. All advance my mission when considering students affected by administrators that complete our program.  This is a responsibility I do not take lightly!”

Dr. Bigham's Bio

Teri Bingham

Dr. Teri Bingham

Associate Professor of Education

"Students who want to be excellent teachers and make a difference in the lives of their students will learn best teaching practices, a variety of instructional strategies, effective communication techniques, and motivation tools.  I look forward to having you in class and getting to know you."

Dr. Bingham's Bio

Dr. Ashley J. Campbell

Dr. Ashley J. Campbell

Helen Piehl Professor of Education

Associate Professor of Education

"My students can expect to be prepared to teach hands-on, minds-on science for all children. They will explore teaching methods and strategies from selected topics in life science, physical science, earth science and space science guided by the most current research in science education."

Dr. Campbell's Bio
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Yvette Castillo

Dr. Yvette Castillo

Associate Professor of Education

"Education is my passion in life and that energy is transferred into the classroom setting as I engage students in the process and practice of understanding dimensions of the human element. It is my goal to connect with students in such a way that they begin to embrace professional identity in the areas of ethics, advocacy, research and application naturally."

Dr. Castillo's Bio

Betty Coneway, Ph.D.

Dr. Betty Coneway

Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Education Programs

Assistant Professor of Education

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited." – Plutarch
As an educator, it is my goal to continually light that fire and inspire a passion for learning in all my students, no matter what age!

Dr. Coneway's Bio

 Elsa Diego-Madrano

Dr. Elsa Diego-Medrano

Assistant Professor of Education

Elsa Diego-Medrano's Bio


 Beth Garcia

Dr. Beth Garcia

Associate Department Head for Graduate Education Programs

Assistant Professor of Education

“One hundred years from now, it won't matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank, nor what my clothes looked like…BUT… the world may be a little better because, I was important in the life of a child.” –Forest Witcraft

Beth Garcia's Bio


 Frank Goode

Frank Goode

Assistant Professor of Education

"It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it."

Jacob Bronowski

Dr Goode's Bio

Leigh Green

Dr. Leigh Green

Interim Department Head

Assistant Professor of Education

As an educator, I have a responsibility for the experiences that students have with the counseling profession. Therefore, I take responsibility for encouraging each student to explore his or her own counseling style while consistently ensuring multicultural and ethical competence. It is through my support, encouragement, and knowledge as the professor that students are shaped into dynamic counselors.

Dr. Green's Bio

 Janet Hindman

Dr. Janet Hindman

Director of Accreditation

Assistant Professor of Education

Janet Hindman's Bio

Crystal Hughes

Dr. Crystal Hughes

Assistant Professor of Education

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” – John Cotton Dana

Dr. Hughes' Bio

 Dr. Sang K. Hwang

Dr. Sang K. Hwang

Associate Professor of Education

"I feel proud of myself when I receive my students' positive feedback and reflect it for better teaching. I have the privilege of working in a collaborative environment at WTAMU where it’s full of teachers' pride. My students appreciate practical ideas, how to teach students in a creative way and at the same time, enjoying quality literature."

Dr. Hwang's Bio
Cheryl Landon

Cheryl Landon

Instructor of Education

I hope to provide opportunities, experiences and expectations that enable future educators to creatively dance and fluidly progress through their education at West Texas A&M University, not merely galumph through each course as a chore.

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." - Henry Ford

Cheryl Landon's Bio
Dr. Mark Riney

Dr. Mark Riney

Associate Professor of Education

"Teaching is an important profession, and I am proud to be a teacher educator. WTAMU has and will continue to produce excellent teachers for Texas schools."

Dr. RIney's Bio
Dr. Chanel Rodriguez

Dr. Chanel Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Education

“The ultimate aim of education is to enable individuals to become the architects of their own education and through that process to continually reinvent themselves.” –Eliot Eisner

Dr. Rodriguez's Bio
Rich Rose

Dr. Rich Rose

Associate Professor of Education

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe.” - Abe Lincoln

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Laurie A. Sharp

Dr. Laurie Sharp

John G. O’Brien Distinguished Chair in Education

Assistant Professor of Education

“Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats

Dr. Sharp's Bio
Dr. Conn Thomas

Dr. Conn Thomas

Geneva Schaeffer Professor of Education and Social Sciences
Director, Center for Learning Disabilities

Professor of Education

"I enjoy teaching special education because it is such a dynamic and growing discipline."

Dr. Thomas' Bio
Dr. Brigette Whaley

Dr. Brigette Whaley

Assistant Professor of Education

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

― Maya Angelou

Dr. Whaley's Bio

Dr. Judy Williams

Associate Dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences,

Assistant Professor of Education

"My mother and my father were illiterate immigrants from Russia. When I was a child they were constantly amazed that I could go to a building and take a book on any subject. They couldn't believe this access to knowledge we have here in America. They couldn't believe that it was free. "
~Kirk Douglas

Judy Williams' Bio