Education Faculty

Audrey Green Rogers - Associate Professor

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Audrey Rogers began teaching full-time at SNHU in 2007. Her responsibilities as an associate professor include undergraduate,  graduate, and doctoral courses in the School of Education. Rogers previously taught social studies at the high school level and was an adjunct professor at Rivier College.

Rogers has written numerous publications, including her most recent collaboration, "Cultural integration in Action: Two faculty members’ perspectives" (Insight: Rivier Academic Journal, 2011). In 2009, Rogers won a competitive grant to create an online resource on electronic portfolio use for the Council for Independent Colleges. She is currently working on a cultural collaboration initiative with the Institute for Language Education and the School of Education promoting the mission of SNHU and connecting international students with other students who are education majors to promote their cultural competency. Rogers has been nominated for the SNHU excellence in Teaching Awards in 2010 and 2011. She received the NH Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award in 1997.

Rogers received her Bachelor of Arts in History from Tufts University in 1988, her Master in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Lowell, her Master of Arts in History from the University of NH, and a doctorate in Leadership and Learning-Specialization in Education Technology at Rivier University. She holds social studies and technology integrator certification from the State of New Hampshire. She currently serves on the Faculty Senate, University Curriculum Committee, Institutional Research Board, as a Faculty Advisor for SNHU ASCD Student Chapter, and as an Advisor for the School of Education Honor Society Pi Lambda Theta. Her professional memberships include NH Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the NH Council for the Social Studies, and the International Society for Technology in Education.

Cara Procek - Assistant Professor

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Dr. Cara Procek came to SNHU in 2011 with over 21 years of experience in education. As an assistant professor, Procek is responsible for teaching elementary education courses including general courses and those focused on literacy.  Prior to teaching at SNHU, she worked as curriculum coordinator of language arts and social studies for the Bedford (NH) School District.

Procek received her Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching from the University of New Hampshire in 1990, her Master in Education in Secondary Education with a concentration in Reading and Writing Instruction from the University of New Hampshire in 1992, and her Doctorate of Education from Northeastern University in February of 2012. Procek serves on the SNHU Learning Commons Task Force, and is co-advisor of the SNHU Chapter of NHASCD.

Cathy Stavenger - Dept. Chair, Associate Professor

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An associate professor in the School of Education since 2004, Cathy Stavenger came to SNHU with over 25 years of teaching experience at the elementary school level. She received SNHU's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008, and serves as chair of Teacher Certification and Child Development. In 2002, Stavenger was named Distinguished Educator for Mathematics by the NH Department of Education and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (National Awardee). Stavenger is a member of the NH Excellence in Education Board of Directors and the chair of NH Excellence in Education Elementary School Selection Committee.

Stavenger received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and her Master in Education from the University of New Hampshire. Stavenger also serves as an educational consultant to the Manchester School District, Raymond School District and the Auburn School District.

Denise Benner - Assistant Professor

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Dr. Denise Benner joined SNHU's School of Education in 2010. Prior to SNHU, Benner served the New Hampshire Department of Education with responsibility for the NH Administrative Rules for Certification of Education Personnel and the approval of Teacher Preparation Programs. Benner’s career in public school administration and teaching has spanned almost 40 years.

Benner received her Bachelor of Arts from St. Bonaventure University, her Master in Science form University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her Doctor in Education from University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

Benner's certifications include Massachusetts: Elementary Principal, Middle School Principal, Elementary Education (N-6), Social Studies (7-12), Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and New Hampshire: Elementary Principal.

Benner's presentations include,'' Developmental Curriculum, K-4,'' Massachusetts Public Schools; ''Early Childhood Curriculum-Implications for Administrators” and “Testing of Young Children,'' Massachusetts Department of Education; and ''Early Childhood Integrated Classrooms,'' Washington, D.C.

Lorraine Patusky - Dept. Chair, Associate Professor

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Lorraine Patusky is an associate professor and has been with SNHU since 2005. She serves as program chair for the Graduate School of Education. She also serves on the SED Curriculum Committee and the Assessment Committee. Patusky previously served as administer of the Office of Curriculum and Assessment, Accountability and School Improvement at the NH Department of Education and as a teacher at the elementary through high school levels.

Patusky received her Bachelor of Science from Southern State University, her Master of Education from Washburn University and will defend her dissertation in July for her Ph.D. in education studies with an emphasis on adult learning from Lesley University.

In 2011, Patusky received the “SNHU Science Literacy for 21st Century Learners and the Building Content Grant" and in 2009, the ''Knowledge Background for Elementary School Teachers of Science.''

Margaret Cotter Harris - Professor

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Dr. Margaret Cotter Harris  has been with SNHU as an associate professor in the School of Education since 2007 and became a full professor in 2013. Prior to working at SNHU, she served as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools. She has 27 years of full-time teaching experience on the secondary level.

Harris serves on the University Curriculum Committee and as chair of the School of Education Curriculum Committee.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Boston State College, MALS from Boston University with an emphasis in African studies and received her Doctorate of Education in 2003 from the University of Massachusetts with an emphasis on Curriculum Development. She was awarded National Board Professional Teaching Certification:  Adolescence and Young Adulthood/Social Studies-History in 2003.

Marilyn Fenton - Associate Professor

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Dr. Marilyn Fenton is an associate professor of education and has been with SNHU since 2004. She previously served at Southern New Hampshire University as a visiting professor of English. Prior to coming to SNHU, Fenton taught high school English for 12 years. She currently serves on the Common Book Committee, the Honors Committee, the General Education Committee and is the MAT in English co-chair. She recently presented ''Integrating the Visual Arts in the High School English Curriculum.''

Fenton received her Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Russian Literature from the University of Rochester in 1970, her Master of Arts in Foreign and Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester in 1973 and her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University in 2005.

Mark K. McQuillan - Dean of the School of Education

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Dr. Mark McQuillan is dean of the School of Education at Southern New Hampshire University. Having spent his entire career in education, McQuillan holds advanced degrees from Harvard University and has served in a number of administrative capacities: secondary curriculum coordinator, assistant superintendent, superintendent, deputy commissioner of education in Massachusetts and commissioner of education in Connecticut from 2007-2011.

The author of several publications, McQuillan has written extensively about curriculum and staff development, leadership training, and strategic planning.  He is co-editor of ''Thought and Language/ Language and Reading,'' published by the Harvard Educational Review; a major contributor to Massachusetts curriculum frameworks for English Language Arts and English Language Learning, and he is the editor and producer of ''No Child Left Behind, A Toolkit for Massachusetts,'' a DVD and CD information kit explaining the broad provisions of the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

McQuillan began his career as a teacher in the Newton Public Schools, where he taught English at the F.A. Day Middle School from 1971-1974.

Mary Westwater - Assistant Professor

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Mary Westwater has served as an assistant professor at SNHU since 2010, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy education for pre- and in-service teachers. She has traveled to New Zealand on two separate six-month sabbaticals where she investigated all aspects of literacy and taught seminars at the Wellington College of Education.  Prior to coming to SNHU, she served as the curriculum coordinator and a classroom teacher at the middle school level.

Westwater received her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Jersey City State College and her Master in Education from William Paterson College in Wayne, NJ. She holds certifications in Reading and ESL. She serves as the literacy coach for the Amherst (NH) Middle School and is active at SNHU on the School of Education Advisory Board, the Academic Policy Committee, the Common Book Committee and the Curriculum Committee for the School of Education.

Nancy Charron - Assistant Professor

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Dr. Nancy Charron has been an assistant professor at Southern New Hampshire University since 2010. Prior to teaching at SNHU, she served as a general education teacher, a reading specialist, a principal designee and as a special education teacher at the elementary through high school level.

Charron received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Teaching the Deaf from the University of Michigan, her Master of Arts in Teaching Reading from Western Michigan University and her Doctorate in Education in Language Arts and Literacy from the University of Massachusetts.

She recently presented on Global Internet Pen Pal Programs, Written Language Development and Learning at the International Society for Technology in Education conference. She serves on the Ed.D. Educational Leadership Program Committee and is actively involved as a board member in the New Hampshire Learning Disabilities Association.