Elizabeth Tarvin, Chair
Elizabeth Tarvin attended Colgate University where she graduated cum laude with a BS in Philosophy and NYS Certification in Elementary Education. Her Master’s Degree was obtained at the University of Rochester in Teaching and Curriculum. In her studies, she was particularly interested in gender differences in education as well as inclusion.
Elizabeth taught fifth and sixth grade at Chester Elementary school for 9 years, where she team-taught in a multi-age inclusion classroom which she helped to design. Her years at Chester were extremely rewarding and she draws on her experiences in her college classroom regularly. Her experiences made her an advocate for inclusion done well and interdisciplinary thematic teaching.
A teacher at SUNY Orange since January 2003, Elizabeth has taught numerous education classes. She finds it very fulfilling to share her love of the field of education. The 3- and 4-year-olds never cease to bring a smile to her face when visiting area pre-schools to observe field students. Being in the field also reminds her what an important job the college has in preparing and inspiring teachers.
Elizabeth is the faculty advisor for Future Teachers Association, a club on campus for anyone interesting in teaching.
Elizabeth is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), and the Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators (ACCESS).
Her special interests in the field of education include differentiated instruction, instructional technology, and the importance of play in early childhood.
Jennifer Mirecki, Field Student Coordinator
Jennifer Mirecki graduated with honors from Rutgers University with a BM in Music Performance. In addition to her music studies, she enrolled in the Education Department and successfully completed the requirements to earn Certification as an Elementary School teacher in New York and New Jersey and Certification as a Music teacher in New York. While earning her Master’s Degree from Mount Saint Mary College, Jennifer became particularly interested in individualized instruction and teaching the “whole child.”
In 1993, Jennifer began her teaching career at Taft Elementary School in Washingtonville, New York. Throughout the years she spent at Taft, she had the opportunity to teach first, third and fifth grade. The experience of teaching children of various ages and stages has been beneficial to her job here at SUNY Orange. She continually draws on her past experience to give concrete examples for the college students.
Jennifer has been teaching at SUNY Orange since January 2009. She has taught numerous education classes and also supervises students in the field as the Field Student Advisor. She is thrilled to be preparing the students for a fulfilling and rewarding career in education. Jennifer is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), the Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators (ACCESS), and the Washingtonville Teacher Center Policy Board.
Her special interests in the field of education are diversity, early literacy and developmentally appropriate practice.
Katherine Sinsabaugh, Ph.D., Field Placement Coordinator
Katherine Sinsabaugh attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Psychology/Special Education and an MA in Education. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. Katherine holds New York State Teaching Certification in both General and Special Education for grades 1-6.
As a first-grade teacher for nearly five years at Scotchtown Avenue School, Katherine particularly enjoyed literacy instruction and as a result, embraces the Reading and Writing Workshop models. She believes in the importance of manipulative-based math instruction and hands-on science instruction.
Katherine has been teaching at SUNY Orange since August 2008. She strives to incorporate actual classroom materials into her instruction, and enjoys sharing real-life “teaching stories” and experiences with her students. She believes in connecting theory to practice and encourages her students to ask questions, take academic risks, and hold spirited discussions. She is also the Education Department’s Field Placement Coordinator and places students in local classroom settings for valuable field observation experiences. On campus, Katherine is on the Global Initiative Committee and the Assessment Advisory Committee.
Katherine is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators (ACCESS), and the Middletown Teacher Center (MTC).
Her unique interests in the field of education include multiple intelligences theory, character education, and instructional technology.
Paula Chapman, B.S. Psychology, St. Thomas Aquinas; M.S. Community Mental Health, C.W. Post College
Mary Delara-Gamory, B.A. Spanish, Marist College; M.S. Early Childhood Education, Lehman College
Mary Ann Knight, B.A. English/Education, Clarke University; M.A. English, SUNY New Paltz; C.A.S., S.A.S., S.D.A. Educational Administration, SUNY New Paltz.
Dianne Gersbeck, B.A. Art History, SUNY Stony Brook
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Elizabeth Tarvin, Chair