Teachers in middle and high schools provide guidance to teenagers at a critical point in their lives, when they are testing their wings and on the verge of becoming adults. Teachers often serve as educators not only in academics but in life lessons as well.
The programs in this department prepare Bridgewater students to be educators and professionals in related fields – teaching, leading and serving in a diverse and evolving global society.
Benedicta "Bennie" Agbarha's professional areas of interest include educational leadership, educational research and evaluation, equity in education, and conflict management. Dr. Agbarha is a full-time faculty member at Bridgewater State University and teaches: Systems Planning for Educational Leaders, Curriculum Design and Improvement, Legal and Ethical Issues in Educational Leadership, and Communication between and among stakeholders.
BSc, MSc, University of Benin
EdD, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, School Administration Planning and Policy
Dr. Bodi is an active researcher and successful teacher in the fields of history and philosophy of education as well as assessment and evaluation of learning. After almost twenty years in public and private schools as a classroom teacher and school principal "JM" earned his doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. Since that time he's been active in educational politics as teaching in higher education.
BFA, Ohio State University
MEd, University of Houston
PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
Tom comes to Bridgewater State University after ten years of teaching high school mathematics in Connecticut and Massachusetts. In addition, he taught mathematics and education courses as an adjunct prior to joining the Secondary Education and Professional Programs faculty.
BS, Central Connecticut State University, Mathematics
MA, Saint Joseph College, Instruction and Curriculum
EdD, Central Connecticut State University, Educational Leadership
Dr. Phyllis Gimbel has enjoyed a lengthy career in the public education system, serving as middle school principal, foreign language department chair, and central office superintendent intern and French and Spanish teacher. For the past four years, she has served as Coordinator of a multi university-school collaborative. Dr. Gimbel has published a book entitled, "Solutions for Promoting Principal-Teacher Trust," Rowman and Littlefield, 2003, which is based on the topic of her dissertation.
BA, Hood College
MA, Columbia University, French
EdM, Harvard University
EdD, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 2001, School Leadership
Anne Hird coordinates and teaches in the Instructional Technology program. Dr. Hird, author of Learning from Cyber-Savvy Students: How Internet-Age Kids Impact Classroom Teaching, describes herself as living with one foot on the ground and one foot in "cyberspace." She has worked with computer technology in schools since 1982. Her experience ranges from teaching in the Providence Public Schools to directing the $1.1 million Library Power grant across 27 elementary and middle schools. Most recently, she has spearheaded the effort to move the Instructional Technology MEd to a fully Web-based degree program.
BA, Brown University
MS, Simmons College
PhD, University of Rhode Island
Dr. Chris Mattocks arrived at Bridgewater State University in 2008 after 43 years in public education as a high school teacher/coach, superintendent, and college professor. His career has included work in Montana, Idaho, and Massachusetts. While serving as superintendent of the Bellingham (MA) school district from 2002-2008, he was also a visiting lecturer for Bridgewater in the areas of school law, the superintendency, and public relations. Chris teaches courses in beginning and advanced law, school finance, personnel, and the superintendency, and serves as coordinator of the LEAD Program.
BS, MEd, Montana State University
EdD, Montana State University, 1987, Educational Leadership
Stephen J. Nelson is the author of "Leaders in the Crucible: The Moral Voice of College Presidents" (2000) and "College Presidents: Voices of Civic Virtue and the Common Good of Democracy in the Journal of Leadership Studies (Winter 2002). He is currently completing research on a Kellogg Foundation project about college and university presidents: "Character and Courage in the Academy," and is writing another book based on this study featuring interviews with fifteen contemporary current and former presidents. Dr. Nelson is also a Research Associate in the Education Department at Brown University and a Fellow in the Society for Values in Higher Education.
BA, Gettysburg College, History
MARS, Hartford Seminary
MDiv, Andover Newton Thoeological School
PhD, University of Connecticut, Professional Higher Education Administration
Before coming to the Bridgewater State University, Dr. Nguyen served as Associate Vice President of the Society for Technology Information and Teacher Education (SITE) Information Technology Council, Technology Leader for the Great Cities Universities (GCU), Urban Educator Corps Partnership Institute, Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3), Lecturer, University Supervisor and Chairwoman of the Technology in Education Committee at UMass Boston Graduate College of Education, online trainer for the WIDE World's Harvard University online courses, and Instructional Leadership Team Consultant, Boston-Harvard Leadership Development Initiative for the Whole School Change, Harvard School Partnerships. Currently, her research interests involve designing curriculum for Information Age learners. In the transformation from Industrial Age to Information Age, Dr. Nguyen encourages teachers to rethink and redesign curriculum for active learning with the use of digital information and global communication environments. Teachers need to redefine the requirements and skills for the global community and its marketplace in the twenty-first century.
BA, University of Massachusetts at Boston
EdM, EdD, Harvard University
Dr. Lynne Yeamans facilitates undergraduate and graduate learning challenges for prospective middle school (5-8) and high school (8-12) teacher candidates. She brings to the college programs her extensive K-12 public school experiences as a teacher and a leader in education.
BS, Bridgewater State College
MSPE, Smith College
EdD, Harvard University
Dr. Michael J. Vieira has been Dean of Business and Information Management at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA since 2002. After teaching journalism and advising student publications for more than 20 years in Fall River Public Schools, he served as an assistant professor in the Computer Information Systems Department specializing in desktop publishing, web page development and multimedia applications. Mike earned a PhD from Capella University, a BA and MAT from Bridgewater State College and a CAGS from Rhode Island College, as well as certifications from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as an English Secondary Teacher (grades 8-12), High School Principal, Director/Supervisor, and Instructional Technology Specialist. He has developed web pages, written articles, edited publications, and taught and learned online. Mike is an advocate for public education and hands-on learning, including graduate courses where students are colleagues in learning who are engaged as scholar-practitioners.
The department offers a minor in secondary education for undergraduates in conjunction with a wide range of majors offered at the university. Our programs also include an Accelerated Post Baccalaureate Program for secondary education licensure, an MA program in teaching, and M.Ed programs in Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology.
Overall, we encourage our students to take an active role in their education, to develop strong values and cultural sensitivity, and to build the skills and knowledge they need for leadership in their field. Our graduates pursue advanced study and/or licensure and teaching careers in a variety of subjects.