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Sharen Cypress, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

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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.

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Jeffry Cozzens, Ed.D., Assistant Professor
Director of Educational Leadership

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Dr. Jeff Cozzens is 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.

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Jennifer Creecy, M.Ed., Instructor
Data Analyst & Assessment Coordinator; Instructor in Education

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Mrs. Jennifer Creecy began teaching undergraduate classes for the Education Department in August 2010. She teaches Technology in the Classroom and Tests and Measurement, and she also works as the Data Analyst & 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 6-12 and K-12 majors, and a faculty sponsor of STEA.

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Karen L. Cypress, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Director of Special Education

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Shawna Northrop, Ed.S., Instructor
Director of Field Experience; Instructor in Education

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Mrs. Shawna Northrop began teaching undergraduate classes for the Department 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 the director of field experience, a primary advisor for some of our K-6 and 4-8 majors, and a faculty sponsor of STEA.

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M. Monte Tatom, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Director of M.Ed. in Instructional Technology

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Dr. Monte Tatom serves as the director of the M.Ed. in Instructional Technology 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.

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Carol Waymire, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Director of School Counseling

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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.

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Gloria Sneed
Administrative Assistant

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Gloria Sneed serves as Administrative Assistant for the Education Department. 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.

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Jill Jackson
Licensure Officer & Graduate Education Secretary