Jennifer L. Scully, Ed.D. is the Head of School at Maplebrook School. She holds a B.A. from SUNY Albany, an M.A. from Fordham University, and an Ed.D. from Marymount University. Dr. Scully has served as the President of the International Association of Special Education as well as the 9th Biennial Conference Chair. She has expertise in the acquisition of social skills in adolescents, building resilient school communities and she is an advocate for character education. Dr. Scully has spoken at national and international conferences, published articles, and conducted workshops on social skills, resilience, and character development. She has published a handbook on the subject for teachers, parents, and administrators titled, The Power of Social Skills in Character Development: Helping Diverse Learners Succeed.
Research Interests: Leadership, Innovative Approaches to School Leadership, Creating Resilient School Environments […]
Dr. Courtneay (Corrie) Kelly earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction and her M.Ed. in Reading Education at the University of Virginia. She has been a professor of education since 2015, developing and instructing courses in literacy education, elementary education, and classroom management/trauma-sensitive instruction. Her current areas of research are focused on the Science of Reading as well as trauma-centered teaching and classroom management. She is the proud mother of a daughter, Beth, and a son, Jack, and she also enjoys being a “new puppy mom.” […]
Dr. Kitty Crosby began her career with a bachelors in Finance from Auburn University and worked in various leadership roles in the financial sector for over 20 years. As a proponent of lifelong learning, she completed her Master’s in Curriculum Development and Doctorate in Organizational Leadership for Education from Grand Canyon University. She has enjoyed educating young adults in secondary education for over a decade. In addition to teaching Economics and Cybersecurity in secondary education, she now enjoys teaching others the art of leadership and teaching and serving as an LDFM through Marymount Doctor of Education program. Prior to Marymount, she was a Student Teacher Supervisor for James Madison University providing evaluation, feedback and mentorship to students in the Bachelor and Masters of education programs.
Dr. Crosby has written and published a variety of articles on leadership in the classroom including Beyond objectives: the why., Reinventing summative assessments, Relationships between teachers’ leadership behaviors across five dimensions and student achievement, and Incorporating mastery based grading in a secondary education classroom. In addition to publications, Dr. Crosby is active as a keynote speaker for a variety of professional development seminars including Delta Mu International Business Honors Society Symposium, VBEA Conference, SVETC Conference, and Laurel Ridge Community College. She brings to Marymount experience in both quantitative and qualitative research and loves helping students in the Doctoral program find passion in research. She brings Marymount CITI IRB certification, use of both SPSS and Intellectus statistical software, and advanced Microsoft Office certifications.
Outside of work Dr. Crosby enjoys yoga, meditation, prayer, her rose garden, and grandchildren. […]
Nicole A. Conners retired from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) after 30 years of service as a special education teacher and then as a program manager for the Special Education Mentor Coach program and Intensive Support Team (IST). In addition, she has served in the capacity of an adjunct professor at George Mason University, University of Virginia, and George Washington University since 2008.
Dr. Conners graduated with her doctorate from George Mason University in 2008 with research interests in developing special education teacher practices from novice to expert through coaching and mentoring. She worked collaboratively with leadership to design and develop a special education mentor coach program in the Office of Special Education Instruction (OSEI). She supported the coaching development of eight mentor coaches who worked closely with novice teachers, zero to three years of experience, for continuous improvement and reflective practice. In addition, she worked collaboratively to design and develop the Intensive Support Team (IST) to build the capacity of administrators and school staff to consistently design, deliver and implement systematic and high-quality behavioral, socio-emotional, and instructional evidence-based practices focused on the whole child.
One capstone during her career within FCPS was as a presenter for the Virginia Department of Educational Leadership Academy (ASELA) Cohort on Coaching for Results. The presentation focused on strategic leadership and the development of learning cultures through professional learning communities (PLCs) and coaching focused on positive student outcomes.
Jaime Osborne is a career educator with nearly twenty years of experience in public, private, overseas, and independent schools – as well as use of innovative practices and frameworks, including the International Baccalaureate, standards-based grading and assessment, inquiry-based learning, and improvement science for instructional and organizational problems of practice. Most of her career has been spent overseas at international schools in Europe, southeast Asia, and the Middle East. In addition to teaching, Jaime has also been a department chair, a representative to the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, and a coordinator of professional development. Her research interests include department chair instructional leadership, social studies education, and adult learning and development. In her spare time, she enjoys international travel, reading, and visiting local wineries in Virginia.
Ed.D. University of Virginia – Administration & Supervision; M.Ed. University of Virginia – Administration & Supervision; M.T. University of Virginia – Social Studies Education; B.A. University of Virginia – Foreign Affairs; Commonwealth of Virginia Postgraduate Professional License – Admin and Supervision K-12, History and Social Sciences 6-12 […]
Erin is a graduate of West Virginia University for all of her schooling, including a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Reading and Literacy Education. She is currently in her tenth year of teaching, and after spending eight of them teaching middle school history, she is now teaching 5th grade in Maryland. Her research interests include incorporating social studies and social justice literacy into the classroom, equitable behavior strategies, and trauma informed teaching. In addition, she is passionate about incorporating outdoor education into the curriculum. […]
MEd in Education Leadership from George Mason University, BA in Elementary Education from The College of William and Mary, additional coursework from University of Virginia School of Education Leadership
Kristen Cunningham has a history as an elementary school educator and an administrator. Most recently she served as the Director at Rock Spring Cooperative Preschool. Prior to that she was an Assistant Principal in Falls Church City and Fairfax County. She has taught preschool, kindergarten and second grade and is passionate about working with children and families to ensure that social, emotional and academic learning take place for every child while they have fun and develop a love of learning.
She and her husband have three children all in college and a dog. They stay busy watching their kids play sports and enjoying all kinds of physical activity on their own. Kristen remembers preschool as one of her favorite times with her own kids and can’t wait to establish the Early Learning Academy at Marymount.
Dr. Jennifer Bigelow has been in the educational profession for over 25 years. She has served as a Catholic school principal in Tampa, FL and Raleigh, NC. She has also served as Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Arlington and as Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Richmond.
Dr. Bigelow has a B.A. in History from the University of Florida, a B.S. in Secondary Education, a M.A. in History, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida, and an
Ed.D. degree from North Carolina State University in Educational Leadership. Dr. Bigelow is also a certified Resilient Leadership Coach and Trainer and has coached professionals in education and the government.
Patricia is the administrative assistant in the School of Education for the undergraduate and master’s level programs. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Tulsa and earned her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech. She spent several years raising her three children and substituting in an all girls college preparatory school. When not working Patricia enjoys keeping up with her busy family, reading and weightlifting. […]
Dr. Anna Macedonia is a proud Marymount University alumni and joined the faculty in 2021. Her academic experience includes teaching both undergraduate and graduate online and hybrid instruction at George Mason University. Prior to joining Marymount, Dr. Macedonia worked in public PK-12 education for eight years. She served as a Visual Arts, Special Education, and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher across elementary, middle, and high school levels. She also served as a department chairperson and a university supervisor for student teachers. Most recently, Dr. Macedonia served as an Assistant Principal at an elementary school in Fairfax County Public Schools.
She graduated from George Mason University with her PhD in 2021 with a primary emphasis in Special Education and a secondary emphasis in Education Leadership and Policy. Dr. Macedonia’s undergraduate degree is in Art Education, her Master’s degree is in Special Education, and received an Education Leadership Certificate. Her research interests include studying the connection between special education teacher education across local, state, and federal levels linked to teacher retention issues, specifically administrative support. Additionally, her research focuses on the intersections of special education and education leadership, specifically preparing school-based administrators to support special education and special education teachers. Dr. Macedonia is an active member of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Council of Administrators of Special Education (CASE), and Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD). […]