Dr. Sharen L. Cypress is an Associate Professor of Education at Freed-Hardeman University and currently serves as the Dean of the School of Education. She received a B. S. degree in Elementary Education from Freed-Hardeman University, a M. Ed. degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Memphis, and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, from the University of Memphis. She served as a teacher and school counselor at the public school level and has been a part of the Freed-Hardeman University faculty since 1998.
Gene Reeves, Ed.D.
Chair, Department of Education
Dr. Reeves also serves as the Director of Field Experience.
Karen L. Cypress, Ed.D.
Director of Graduate Studies in Education, Memphis Campus
5565 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN
Dr. Jeff Cozzens is now pursuing his “encore career” as the Director of Educational Leadership at Freed-Hardeman University. Dr. Cozzens has had a wide variety of experiences in public education that spanned over 30 years. Recently retired from Shelby County Schools, Dr. Cozzens was a Band Director, Assistant Principal, Principal and Central Office Administrator. Dr. Cozzens states his most rewarding yet challenging opportunity was opening and serving as Principal of Arlington High School for 8 years.
I consider it an honor and privilege to teach at Freed-Hardeman University. Though I have spent over half of my career as a K-12 school administrator, my heart has always been in the classroom working with students. There is nothing I enjoy more than helping to build the leadership capacity of my students. I consider it a unique privilege to help prepare future school leaders from a Christian perspective.
Jennifer Creecy, M.Ed.
Instructor in Education/Secondary Advisor
Mrs. Jennifer Creecy began teaching undergraduate classes for the School of Education in August 2010. She teaches Technology in the Classroom and Tests and Measurement, and she also works as the Assessment Coordinator for the Department of Education. Mrs. Creecy serves as a student teacher supervisor, a primary advisor for some of our K-6 and 4-8 majors, a secondary advisor for all 7-12 and K-12 majors, and a faculty sponsor of STEA.
Dr. Marie Johnson is the Program Coordinator for the Special Education Major, and she teaches in the undergraduate and graduate School of Education Program. Dr. Johnson has also taught in our International Studies Program.
Mrs. Shawna Northrop began teaching undergraduate classes for the School of Education in August 2011. She teaches Teaching Strategies PreK-3, Reading in the Content Area, Teaching Reading in the Content Area, and Educational Strategies - Elementary. Mrs. Northrop serves as a student teacher supervisor, a primary advisor for some of our K-6 and 4-8 majors, and a faculty sponsor of STEA.
Dr. Elizabeth Saunders has been a teacher at Freed-Hardeman University since 1978. She currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies in Education and Professor of Education.
During her tenure at Freed-Hardeman University, Dr. Saunders was the recipient of the Distinguished Professor Award for the years of 1995-1998.
Dr. Monte Tatom serves as the director of the Quality Enhancement Program. He also teaches for the School of Education Graduate Program.
Working at Freed-Hardeman has afforded Dr. Tatom the advantage of meeting individuals working with the TN State Board of Education and the TN Department of Education. This interaction has given him the opportunity of assisting the TN State Board of Education with the "Instructional Leadership Redesign" initiative. Dr. Tatom is also currently serving a three year term (2009 - 2012) with the TN State Board of Education's Advisory Council for Teacher Education and Certification.
After working as an elementary school counselor in Texas, Dr. Carol Waymire started teaching at FHU in 1978. She counseled, worked with freshmen and taught classes for 21 years and then took off eight years while doing mission work in Aruba with her family. Dr. Waymire served as the school counselor at the International School of Aruba and also taught and was the counselor for the University of Aruba, Hospitality Faculty. In 2007, Dr. Waymire returned to FHU as a freshmen advisor, director of retention, and an associate professor in education, teaching in the graduate school counseling program.
Dr. Linda Wright has been teaching here since 1982. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in the School of Education.
Mrs. Rhonda Jones
State Licensure Officer
Rhonda Jones serves as the Administrative Assistant to the Dean and as the State Licensure Officer for the School of Education. Rhonda joined the staff in June 1991. She attended Freed-Hardeman University, Magnolia Bible College and Mississippi State University and studied Mass Communications. Rhonda is married to Dr. Samuel Jones, and they have three sons, Eric, Jarrett and William, one daughter in-law Megan and one grandbaby Riley Marie.
Ms. Gloria Sneed
Educational Program Assistant
Gloria Sneed serves as Educational Program Assistant for the School of Education. Gloria began working for Freed-Hardeman in August 2005. She attended Jackson State Community College and Tennessee State University majoring in Business/Accounting. Gloria also serves as the Follow-up Assistant to the BASE-TN program/grant. She has two daughters and a granddaughter.