• Laura Andon

    Position: Admissions and Services Advisor

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3444

    Campus Box: 72013


    Mrs. Laura Andon advises students throughout the Teacher Education Program and certifies graduate and undergraduate students for teacher licensure. She also prepares reports and maintains policy and program standards. She has more than twenty-five years of combined administrative experience in private K-12 and higher education.

    Laura and her husband, Tom, have two children who are graduates of Carson-Newman.

    “I enjoy the opportunity to assist students as they progress toward their goal to teach.”

  • Lesa Baker

    Position: Director of Field Experiences

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3313

    Campus Box: 72013


    Mrs. Baker directs student teaching and practicum field placements.  She has served as adjunct faculty teaching Literacy and Language Arts courses, Social Studies Methods, Home, School, and Community Relations, Reading Methods, and ASD Reading courses.  She has also served as a college coordinator supervising student teaching experiences.

    Mrs. Baker's areas of interest include Professional Development, Literacy, and Curriculum.

    She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, International Reading Association, Mossy Creek Literacy Council, Jefferson County Historical Society, board member of the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance.

    Mrs. Baker enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking, water sports, gardening, Appalachian history and folklore.

  • Sara Demoiny

    Position: Instructor

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3319

    Campus Box: 72013

    Email: sdemoiny

    Sara has her B.A from Carson-Newman College and M.Ed. from Pennsylvania State University.  She has supervised Carson-Newman student teachers in the past and currently teaches in the areas of diversity in schools and secondary instructional methods.  Sara taught in public middle school settings in Philadelphia, PA for 8 years. 

    In her free time, you will find Sara cooking, hosting, and traveling the world with her husband.

  • Kim Hawkins

    Position: Assistant Professor of Education; Director, Reading Specialist Program

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3314

    Campus Box: 72013


    Dr. Hawkins currently serves as the chair of the Education Department and Behavioral Science, and is the director of the Reading Specialist Program and teaches the core literacy courses in this program. Additionally, she teaches middle school methods, K-6 literacy methods, and middle grades literacy methods. Her areas of interest include reading for pleasure and motivation to read.

    She is a licensed Reading Specialist and has taught in public schools in Tennessee and Texas. Her public school experience includes teaching in elementary, intermediate, and middle schools. She is a member of the International Reading Association, the Tennessee Reading Association, the Mossy Creek Literacy Council, and the Association for Middle Level Education.

    She enjoys reading young adult novels and spending time with her husband and two children.

  • Arlene Helms

    Position: Data Management Coordinator

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4831

    Campus Box: 72013


    Mrs. Helms is the Data Management Coordinator for the Teacher Education Unit Assessment System. Her primary responsibility is maintaining the Assessment System database and generating appropriate reports as required by the unit head.

    Mrs. Helms is a native of West Virginia who lived in Florida and Virginia Beach before moving to Dandridge, TN with her husband. She has one son, Chip, who is a doctoral candidate at the University of Albany.

  • Lisa Hodge

    Position: Administrative Assistant

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3320

    Campus Box: 72013


    Mrs. Hodge is the administrative assistant for the School of Education.  She received her Associate's degree from Knoxville Business College (now South College) in Office Administration.  Her primarily responsibility is to serve as the receptionist for the School of Education Department and to provide clerical support to the Chair and the Dean; Admissions and Services Advisor, the Director of Field Experiences and faculty members.

    She and her husband are natives of Jefferson County and have two children and four grandchildren.

    She enjoys reading and creating crafts of all kinds, especially decorative tole painting.

  • Peggy Hypes

    Position: Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3309

    Campus Box: 71872


    Dr. Hypes teaches Survey of Persons with Exceptionalities, Counseling/Leadership in Special Education, Curriculum Development, Evaluation and Learning, Gifted/Talented, Methods of Teaching English Literature, Foundations of Education, Educational Research, and Behavior Disorders.

    Her specialty areas and areas of interest include Special Education, Gifted/Talented, English and General Education/Special Education collaboration.

    She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, TAILACTE-TN Conference of Graduate Schools (former president), TACTE (former president), Center for Teacher Quality (State Team Member), CACUPA (appointed member), Advisory Council on Teacher Education and Licensure (appointed member).

    Dr. Hypes enjoys reading, gardening, crafts, woodworking, biking, hiking and grandparenting

  • Cindy Lang

    Position: Assistant Professor of Education; K12 Alliance liaision

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3436

    Campus Box: 72013


  • Sandy Long

    Position: Associate Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-4775

    Campus Box: 72013


    Dr. Long teaches Special Education. Her specialty areas are neuropsychological functioning of children with special needs, and how assistive technology can help us meet the challenges of different learners.

    Her interests are film, blues music, and reading.  She lives in Jefferson City with her husband, daughter, the world's most adorable granddaughter, and a host of cats and dogs..

  • Karen Milligan

    Position: Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3484

    Campus Box: 71874


    Dr. Milligan teaches educational technology and elementary and middle social studies methods. Her areas of interest are team based learning and using Web 2.0 tools to increase collaboration.

    She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education and the National Council for the Social Studies and the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies. She is on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies and is the editor of the organization’s web site. She is also a member of the NCATE Board of Examiners.

    She enjoys camping, bicycling, and jewelry making.

  • P. Mark Taylor

    Position: Associate Professor of Education

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3494

    Campus Box: 72013


    Dr. Taylor teaches Mathematics Education courses at the elementary, middle grades, and secondary levels. He also teaches Educational Research and Foundations of Education.

    His research area is teacher learning, both preservice & inservice, with an emphasis on teachers as researchers.

    Dr. Taylor is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Tennessee Mathematics Teacher Association, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators , and the Tennessee Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. He also serves as a representative of Carson Newman to the Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

    He enjoys running, woodcarving, and spending time with his family.

  • Sharon Teets

    Position: Professor, Education Department

    Campus Phone: 865-471-3462

    Campus Box: 71952 (Office located in Stokely Memorial room 60)


    Dr. Teets is Professor of Education in the Education Department, teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on campus, online, and in off-campus settings. Her areas of specialization are human development and early childhood education, although she teaches a wide variety of other education courses. She is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is active in the Tennessee Association for Colleges of Teacher Education and the Association for Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education.

    Dr. Teets enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and attending campus activities in which students are involved. She shares many of these activities with her spouse, Michael Scott Teets.

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