Carol Vukelich, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University
Director, Delaware Center for Teacher Education
Deputy Dean, College of Education and Human Development
Dr. Vukelich, in addition to serving as the Director of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education and the Professional Development Center for Educators, is the Hammonds Professor in Teacher Education, a Professor in the School of Education, and Deputy Dean of the College of Education and Human Development. Building young children’s early literacy skills is her current research interest. Her recent publications include four books and numerous articles and book chapters on early literacy.
Barbara VanDornick, M.Ed., Western Illinois University
Senior Associate Director, Delaware Center for Teacher Education
Barbara VanDornick received a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in French from Millersville University and a Master of Education in Counseling from Western Illinois University. Since coming to the University in 1972, she has served as an academic advisor, student teacher supervisor, and director of the Office of Student Services for Teacher Education. Currently, she monitors the recruitment and retention of candidates in the University’s professional education programs; provides support services to professional education faculty, staff and students; and serves as the University’s certification officer.
Debbie is responsible for many aspects of the MPCP initiative, which is an alternative route to certification and a master’s degree in teaching exceptional students. As well as on site supervision of teacher-interns, Debbie maintains communication with professors, staff, students, school districts and applicants.
Rob Grey currently works as the Program Coordinator of the Delaware Transition to Teaching Partnership, a new project designed to help anyone with a background in Math, Science, English, or Technology become a teacher in a high-need, grade 6-12, Delaware public school. Prior to this, Rob served as the Assistant Director in the Office of Clinical Studies and as Coordinator of the Teacher Quality Enhancement program. Rob came to the University in early 2006 after 12 years teaching special needs students in grades 3 through 10. Rob received his Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from the University of Delaware and his JD from Widener Law School.
Frank was a high school English, drama and special education teacher for twenty-nine years in DE and PA; and for ten years he provided coaching and training to educators throughout the mid-Atlantic region in whole school reform and specific instructional strategies including Project Based Learning, Critical Friends Groups, Literacy Across the Curriculum and AVID Strategies. He also has served as a Laboratory Extension Specialist with the Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic facilitating research studies and disseminating current findings about best practices in schools.
Since 2010, he has served here at UD as the Coordinator of the Alternative Routes to Certification (ARTC) project in DE, a non-traditional pathway to teaching certification for career changers.
Chris McBride is the Director of the Education Resource Center. Chris has Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Physiology from Penn State University. She is also a SMART Certified Trainer.
Carol Phipps served as a classroom teacher and instructional leader in the Delaware for 32 years. Having grown up in her early years in inner city Baltimore, her urban experiences have provided insight and practices that have addressed the diversity and needs of area students. Carol has served as an adjunct professor, master teacher, department chairperson and a state lead mentor. She has served as a cooperating teacher with students from the University of Delaware, and been a member of the Clinical Studies Advisory Board. While serving as a cooperating teacher, Carol developed a cooperating teachers’ handbook which was adopted by the University of Delaware. She also built a partnership between her school and the University in working collaboratively with student teachers and high needs populations. Her most recent work as a cooperating teacher involved creating cohorts for student teachers and cooperating teachers to support the best practices of effective teachers.
HR Assistant, Delaware Center for Teacher Education
Administrative Assistant II, Alternative Routes to Certification
Linda Zankowsky has 29 years of experience as a reading specialist, classroom teacher, and leader in Delaware public and independent schools. In the 1990’s she was the principal at Townsend Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District and later at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School in the Brandywine School District. In 2000, Linda became the Head of Wilmington Montessori School where she developed her interest in the Montessori philosophy. Linda’s focus has been on leadership development, literacy and assessment, and building professional learning communities. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the University, has consulted with schools and presented nationally on assessment in literacy. Linda has served on various state committees focused on early childhood education and curriculum development. Currently, Linda is providing leadership to the Office of Clinical Studies which annually places approximately 1600 students in field placements in area schools providing important foundational experiences for the next generation of teachers.
Administrative Assistant III, Delaware Center for Teacher Education
Faculty with Extended Appointments
Bonnie Albertson, Ph.D., University of Delaware
Associate Director, Delaware Center for Teacher Education
Bonnie left an 18+ year career in teaching to join the Delaware Center for Teacher Education in 1998. Much of Bonnie’s time is spent working in “partner” schools helping teachers to implement research-based best practice in their reading and writing instruction. For the past two years, Bonnie has served on the four-person Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s English language arts team. She shares her wealth of knowledge on the design of the SBAC test that will be used to measure grades 3-8 and 11 students’ English language arts achievement with area educators, helping them to design formative classroom assessments, including performance tasks, modeled on the SBAC framework.
Margaret Dillner, MS, University of Delaware
Margaret Dillner initiated the Book Examination Site in the Education Resource Center where new books may be read, examined, and reviewed for one year following their release. Her particular area of interest is adolescent and children’s literature.
Christine Evans, Ed.D., University of Delaware
Christine joined the Delaware Center for Teacher Education in 2000 after leaving a 25 year teaching career in Delaware’s public schools. Before that, she was an instructor for Reading and Writing in the Primary Grades at the University of Delaware. As an Associate Director, much of Christine’s time was spent working in university-school partnerships helping teachers implement research-based best practices in their literacy instruction.