Education Faculty

Audrey Green Rogers - Associate Professor, Dept. Chair

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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, Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 2008 and her Doctorate of Education from Northeastern University in 2012.  Dr. Procek 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. 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 past 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 many local school districts.

David Bresnahan - Lecturer

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David joined SNHU as an adjunct Music Education faculty member in 2011. Prior to joining SNHU, Bresnahan taught for over thirty-five years in the public school system at the elementary, junior high and high school level. . His subject areas have included: general music, choral music and instrumental music.

Bresnahan received his Bachelor in Music Education from Plymouth State College and a Master of Arts in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire.

He is past president and a founding member of the New Hampshire Band Directors Association and a former Director on the Executive Board of the New Hampshire Music Educators Association. He received the 1995 NH Governor's Award for Arts in Education, the 1999 NHBDA Outstanding Band Director Award and was named ''One of the Fifty Most Influential Music Educators in America Award'' by School Band and Orchestra Magazine. He was also a recipient of the City of Manchester's ''Excellence in Education'' award in 2000. In 2002, he received the “John R. McLane, Jr. Arts Award” for leadership in the performing arts. Bresnahan was chosen as the ''Distinguished Music Educator of the Year- 2003'' by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association, received the 2003 NH Excellence in Education Award (Edie) and was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa Foundation’s ''Legion of Honor'' Award for 2010.

Bresnahan is a member of the National Band Association, New Hampshire Music Educators Association, New Hampshire Band Directors Association and the New Hampshire Retired Educators Association.

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.

Lynn Murray-Chandler - Assistant Professor

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An assistant professor of elementary education since 2014, Murray-Chandler previously taught at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and Franklin Pierce University. Courses taught include Introduction to Assessment, Student Teaching Seminar, Student Teacher Supervision and Historical Perspectives in Education.

Research Interests include assessment in public education (K-12) and higher education, faculty development in public education (K-12) and higher education and first year seminars and students in transition.

Chandler received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology and her Master of Education in Elementary Education from the University of Hartford, and her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Marilyn Fenton - Associate Professor

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Marilyn Fenton is an associate professor of education and has been with SNHU since 2004. Fenton taught high school English for 12 years and held the position of Curriculum Coordinator for a NH school district. When she came to SNHU, she taught writing and a variety of literature classes with the School of Arts and Sciences. Since joining the School of Education faculty in 2007, her responsibilities have included teaching undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses. She maintains NH certification for preparing students to become teachers of English Language Arts. She has served for five years as Chair of the Common Book Committee. She is a member of the Honors Advisory Board, the Undergraduate Research Committee, and the faculty Promotion Committee.

She published a collaborative article “Encouraging Struggling Writers K -12:  Practical Ideas from Practicing Practitioners” in the 2012 Journal of the New England Reading Association. A new book, Reading with the Writer in Mind, is awaiting publication.

Fenton received a Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language and Russian Literature from the University of Rochester in 1970, an M.A. in Foreign and Comparative Literature from the University of Rochester in 1973, and her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Argosy University in 2005. Professional memberships include the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the New England Council of Teachers of English (NECTE), The New Hampshire Council of Teachers of English (NHCTE), The Council of English Educators (CEE), The International Reading Association, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), and the honor society for educators, Phi Delta Kappa. Her special interests include methods of successfully transitioning student writers from high school to college, children’s and young adult literatures, and the integration of arts into the secondary school English curriculum.

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 Elementary Education, Reading and Writing Specialist, ESOL.  She serves on various committees, such as:  co-chair of Academic Policy Committee, Faculty Senate, Common Book Committee, Scholastic Standing and TEAC Steering Committee.

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.

Raymond McNulty - Dean, School of Education

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Raymond J. McNulty is the dean of the School of Education. McNulty has an extensive career in education and serves on the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network Board of Directors at Clemson University. McNulty comes to SNHU from Penn Foster Education where he served as Chief Learning Officer. Prior to Penn Foster, he was the President of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and was a senior fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he worked with leading educators from around the country on improving high school education. He has held numerous teaching, principal, and superintendent positions in Vermont.

McNulty has worked around the world giving speeches and influencing the change/improvement agenda in education and has presented at over 1,000 events in 7 countries and all 50 states. He has published many articles by the International Center, Scholastic Corporation and other sources including "It's Not Us Against Them—Creating the Schools We Need," published in 2009.

The recipient of numerous awards, McNulty most recently received the Ben Cruze Award for Distinguished Service, International Center for Leadership in Education, 2012.

McNulty received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Bridgewater State College and his Master of Education from Johnston State College, Johnson, VT.

Sarah Sarette - Assistant Professor

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An assistant professor of special education since 2014, Sarah was formerly a district-wide school psychologist for the Contoocook Valley school district.

Sarette received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and her Master of Education in Special Education K-12 from Plymouth State College as well as her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership as a Principal. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership K-12 from New England College. She is certified in Elementary Education K-8, Special Education K-12, Principal K-12 and as a School Psychologist K-12. She has been a regular and special education teacher, school psychologist, and a principal in New Hampshire. She has been a special education teacher and an assistant special education director in Maine.

Research interests include areas in the educational and psychology field. She has provided numerous professional development opportunities to school districts in formal and informal assessments as well a specific reading and mathematics programs for special education and at-risk students. She has also been an adjunct professor for Colby-Sawyer College.