Elementary & Secondary Education


he Education Department is committed to the preparation of 21st century teachers who understand the complexity of learning and teaching that encompasses inclusion, equity, and justice. This work is enhanced by a liberal arts foundation that encourages breadth of knowledge, interdisciplinary and international perspectives, engaged inquiry, and intellectual curiosity. 

As professionals and educational leaders, graduates of our program:Students&Faculty

  • Make informed teaching and learning decisions based on use of best practice, reflection, and new knowledge;
  • Act as leaders for positive social change within schools and communities;
  • Advocate for their students' intellectual, physical, and emotional well being;
  • Understand cultural and linguistic diversity, and promote anti-racist, gender fair, and inclusive educational opportunities for all students;
  • Defend their instructional choices on the basis of pedagogical, moral, and ethical grounds;
  • View teaching as a journey of learning;
  • Proactively profess and advocate well-developed teaching beliefs, and participate in decision-making, not as mere technicians, but as positive agents of change.

The organizing theme of our department's mission is "teaching as principled practice." We strive to help our graduates acquire skills of analysis and reflection, a broad knowledge base, and an array of experiences that will enable them to articulate and examine their own beliefs about teaching and learning and set those beliefs into action.

Name Title Phone
Deb Pitton Professor and Chair 507-933-7456 web
Carolyn O'Grady Professor 507-933-7545 web
Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh Associate Professor 507-933-7451 web
Michele Koomen Associate Professor 507-933-6057 web
Daniel Moos Associate Professor, Assessment Director (College), and Assessment Director 507-933-7448 web
Katrina Imison- Mazy Assistant Professor 507-933-7440
Valerie Walker Assistant Professor 507-933-7454 web
Amy Vizenor Visiting Assistant Professor 507-933-7444
Julie Aune Visiting Instructor
Dwayne Cates Visiting Instructor 507-933-7457
Marilyn Christiansen Visiting Instructor 507-933-7457
Sharon Fitch Visiting Instructor 507-933-7457
Maria Frisch Visiting Instructor
Eva Hendrickson ’96 Visiting Instructor
Steven Jones Visiting Instructor
Eric Koser Visiting Instructor
Jon Lucivansky Visiting Instructor 507-933-7457
Susan Moore ’71 Visiting Instructor
Annie Rients ’03 Visiting Instructor
Debra Sandquist Coordinator Teacher Education Field Placement and Admissions 507-933-7455
Jane Schuck Adjunct Instructor 507-933-7452 web
Naomi LeBeau 507-933-7451
Sandi Francis Administrative Coordinator 507-933-7457
Al Pearson ’65 Professor Emeritus web