Catherine Thompson, PhD

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in Education, George Mason University; Masters in Special Education, George Mason University; Autism Certificate, George Mason University; BS in Marketing Management, Virginia Tech

Bio

I am passionate about serving God and using my gifts and talents to improve the lives of families and students with disabilities. I love research and sharing best practices with teachers and pre-service teachers. I especially enjoy working with families to help them gain a better understanding of their child’s needs and interventions that will help them. I’m a mother of an adult child with an autism spectrum disorder, a high school son, and two stepchildren. I love to travel with my husband. Fun Fact: When traveling in Mostar, Bosnia, my husband and I had coffee with a fighter from the Bosnian war and learned firsthand his experiences and atrocities.

Teaching Areas

Special Education, Mathematics

Research Interests

Family Collaboration, Evidence-Based Practices

Publications

Creighton Thompson, C. & Hauth, C., (2015). The Survival Guide for NEW special education teachers. Council for Exceptional Children. […]

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Linda Mann, PhD

Academic Credentials

PhD in Education Policy, George Mason University; Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Vermont; Bachelor of Science, Education, University of Vermont

Bio

Linda J. Mann holds a PhD in Education Policy from George Mason University. Mann currently serves as the Executive Director for the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University’s School of Law. In 2018 Mann was awarded an Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability fellowship with Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR). Following her fellowship, she continued to work for ISHR establishing a U.S. African American Redress Network in collaboration with Howard University. Mann also served as Director of Clinical Experiences at Marymount University in Arlington, VA. Mann’s research focuses on the intersection of race, history and restorative justice policymaking. Mann previously worked for the Georgetown Memory Project and the American Educational Research Association. She is a veteran educator, a conflict resolution specialist and a 20+ year grass-roots organizer. Mann loves to kayak, run, hike and play outdoors with her dog Sunny.

Teaching Areas

Social Studies K-12; specialization in U.S. History and African American Studies, Ethics & Social Justice

Research Interests

The potential of restorative justice for U.S. Historical Wrongdoings

Publications

Mann, L. (2021). Unfulfilled restorative justice: Prince Edward County, Virginia and the Brown scholarship fund in Past/Present: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice (invited). Routledge. In print Pellegrino, A., Mann, L., Russell, W., (February/March 2013). To Lift As We Climb: A Textbook Analysis of the Segregated School Experience. The High School Journal 96(3), 209-231. […]

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Nicci Dowd, EdD

Academic Credentials

Ed.D. in K-12 School Leadership, Regent University; M.Ed. in Special Education, Marymount University; B.S. in Social Psychology, Park University

Bio

Nicci T. Dowd, Ed.D. is a Marymount University alumna and an Adjunct Professor for the School of Education. In addition to her role as an Adjunct, Dr. Dowd serves as a Trainer and Technical Specialist for AIM-VA. In this capacity, she trains educators throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia about the benefits of accessible reading and how to use assistive technology. Prior to joining AIM-VA, Dr. Dowd worked as a Language Arts and Learning Strategies middle school and high school special education teacher. She enjoys raising awareness about community resources for students with disabilities and their families. Dr. Dowd is passionate about exploring barriers related to diversity, equity and inclusion in education and the community. Additionally, she collaborates with community stakeholders to identify recommendations for facilitating diversity in education and the community. She serves as a board member on several boards to include the Arc of Northern Virginia, the Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV), and the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE).
In her spare time, Dr. Dowd enjoys spending time with her family, grilling and relaxing on her front porch with her dog (Chuck Norris)!

Teaching Areas

Special Education: Foundations and Characteristics, Diagnostic and Corrective Literacy

Research Interests

Support for African American Males with Disabilities and their Families; Development of support programs for students with Autism; Development of support programs for Adults with Disabilities; and Diversity and Inclusion for Technology in Education.

Publications

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Shannon Melideo, PhD

Academic Credentials

PhD. Educational Leadership and Management, American University; Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders, James Madison University; Post-Masters, Elementary Principalship, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MEd Reading, Kutztown University; BS Elementary Education, Lock Haven University

Bio

Dr. Shannon Melideo has dedicated her thirty-one-year career to the education profession. She taught grades 1,3,4,5, ESOL grades K-5, music grades K-8, and 7th-12th grade biology in high needs schools. She has been a mentor teacher, cooperating teacher, elementary administrator, district coordinator of ESOL, teaching faculty member, university department chairperson, supervisor, and associate dean. She recently returned to the elementary classroom and serves as the lead fifth-grade teacher at Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences in Fairfax County Public Schools. During that time, she has been nominated as teacher of the year twice at her school. Concurrently, she also teaches as an adjunct professor for the College of Health and Education at Marymount University in Virginia, USA. Throughout her career, she has collaborated extensively on schoolwide, districtwide, campuswide, statewide, national, and international committees, research projects, and task forces. Dr. Melideo is an avid traveler, reader, and dancer.

Teaching Areas

Literacy, collaboration, special education

Research Interests

Her current research interests are in teacher impacts on cultural competence and inclusivity and collaborative leadership.

Publications

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Mary Schlickenmaier

Academic Credentials: B.S. Loyola College; M.Ed. University of Virginia

Licenses: Virginia Post-Graduate with endorsements in Supervision and Administration preK-12 and Biology

Teaching Areas: Catholic School Leadership Program

Research Interests:

 Publications: 2 -3 (if applicable)

 Biography 

Mrs. Mary Pat Schlickenmaier retired from St. Rita School in July 2019 after twenty-one years as principal. A graduate of Loyola College, Mrs. Schlickenmaier began teaching right after graduation at Elizabeth Seton High School, where she taught chemistry, physics, and bioethics. In 1985 she began teaching junior high science, math, and computer technology at St. Mary’s School in Alexandria where she remained for 13 years until 1998 when she was selected as the principal of St. Rita School. Mrs. Schlickenmaier holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in School Administration and Supervision. She has a Post Graduate Collegiate license from the State of Virginia with endorsements in Administration and Supervision PreK-12 and Biology as well as an Advanced Catechist license from the Diocese of Arlington.  She is currently mentoring principals for the Diocese of Arlington and is an adjunct in the education department at George Mason as well as an adjunct member of the faculty of the Catholic School Leadership Program at Marymount University and a University Supervisor for the University of Phoenix. […]

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Lynda Herrera, EdD

Academic Credentials

Ed.D. in Educational Administration, Hofstra University; M.S. in Secondary Education – Social Studies, Hofstra University; M.A. in 20th Century World History, Villanova University; B.A. in History, Virginia Wesleyan University

Bio

Dr. Lynda Herrera is an adjunct professor in the School of Education. Dr. Herrera began her career teaching secondary social studies in New York. As a military spouse, she has had the pleasure of teaching at multiple Universities in New York, Kansas, Hawai’i, and Virginia. Dr. Herrera strives to prepare pre-service teachers in the art and science of teaching using interdisciplinary, hands-on, higher level thinking strategies. Her hope is that students leave her class with a toolbox of strategies they can implement in their classrooms to better connect elementary or secondary students to content in an engaging and stimulating way. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Social Studies and the Young Learner Journal for the National Council of Social Studies since 2011. She enjoys gardening, travel, and time with her husband and two children as she follows them around to various Comic-Cons.

Teaching Areas

Elementary Social Studies Methods, Research Methods, Secondary Teaching Methods

Research Interests

Engagement of young learners in social studies education; educational experiences of minority students in middle schools; examination of how pre-service teachers think through their experience as educators.

Publications

● Costello-Herrera, L. (2010). Diverse Schools Without Multicultural Curriculum. Race, Gender & Class, 88-92. ● Costello, L. (2003). I was called a ‘spic’. In S. M. Alan Singer with Maureen Murphy, Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach: A Handbook for Secondary School Teachers (p. 45). Mahwah, NJ:: Lawrence Erlbaum. ● Mac Curtain, M., Murphy, M., Singer, A., Costello, L., Gaglione, R., Miller, S., . . . Williams, N. (Spring 2001). Text and Context: Field-Testing the NYS Great Irish Famine Curriculum. Theory and Research in Social Education, 238-260.” […]

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