Dr. Linda Espey, professor of education
Welcome to the Education Department! I teach Instructional Planning and Assessment, Teaching Elementary Math, and I supervise student teaching. I also coordinate our e-portfolio effort in the Education Department - this helps us continue to improve our programs for the benefit of future teachers and students. I blend theory and application by having students think about their future classrooms. I have two sons and two very clever beagles. See you in class! Faculty Website
Dr. Lindsay Grow, assistant professor of education
Because of my interest in literacy, I teach courses like Individualized Reading and Teaching Literacy grades 3-8. I also have a passion for equipping students to be prepared for a global society and enjoy teaching Instructional Technology. I have a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa with endorsements in reading, English/language arts, and music. I have experience teaching fifth grade and a M.A. in education and Ed.D., both with an emphasis in literacy, from the University of Kentucky. My research interests are related to the identity development of preservice teachers. I enjoy cooking, spending time with my family, traveling, and playing the violin.
Dr. Sharon Brindle, assistant professor of education
Welcome to Grand View and the Education Department. I teach K-2 Literacy Methods, Elementary Classroom Management, and conduct seminars for middle and high school practicum experiences and student teaching. In addition, I am also responsible for placing students for practicum experiences and student teaching. My undergraduate degree is from Iowa State University and my graduate work is at Drake University. As a former elementary principal, middle school counselor, and classroom teacher, I enjoy working with preservice teachers. I enjoy traveling and spending time with family. I have two daughters and a very spoiled black lab dog.
Dr. Chad Timm, associate professor of education
As a former secondary social studies teacher, I teach courses like Introduction to Education, Secondary Teaching Methods, and Social Studies Methods. My philosophy of teaching rests on a desire to take new understandings outside of the classroom and put them into practice. I aim to teach prospective teachers to utilize the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education as tools to develop critical contexts in which to understand the present. Understanding the various forces that have shaped American education over the course of its history can help students prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow. I also teach courses and coordinate the Logos Honors Program. I'm obsessed with pop culture and enjoy using us to introduce people to philosophers like Michel Foucault, Pierre Bourdieu, and Jacques Lacan. I love the jazz music of John Coltrane, and to spend time outdoors with my incredible wife and four children. I look forward to working with you on your journey to become an educator! http://about.me/chadtimm
Jennifer Wells, associate professor of education
For more than 15 years, I taught in the general and special education settings K-8. With these experiences, I developed a passion for working with at-risk and special education populations. I teach Introduction to Education and Special Education courses. I received my B.A. from the University of Iowa with a specialization in special education and earned my M.S. from Drake University in teaching and learning and special education. Currently, I am pursuing my Ph.D. from Iowa State University in special education/mental health/social justice. In my experiences as an educator, I have seen the high level of dedication and skill it takes to be effective and want to empower pre-service teachers. I am committed in working with students to find their own strengths and passions to be life-long learners. My research interests are in the impact of mental health supports on schools, global education, and teacher training for pre-service and service teachers. I love traveling with my two children, gardening, and listening to live music across the city.
Dr. Kris Kilibarda, professor of education and Director of the Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education
I have been active in science education for the past 20 years. During that time I taught science at the high school level and science and education courses at the college level. In an increasingly complex world, it is essential that all people are able to use creative and critical thinking in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to explore solutions to problems and to innovate. I love igniting a passion for teaching science and STEM because I know excited, confident educators are essential for creating the next generation of STEM literate citizens. At Grand View I teach research and methods courses. As the Director of the Jacobson Institute for Innovation in Education I will explore and share educational models and ideas that show promise in transforming education.
Jesse Wilcox, assistant professor of education
I love to teach and have a passion for helping teachers become the best they can be for themselves and for their students. I teach Middle School Methods, Secondary Science Methods, Engaging All Learners, Teaching Elementary Science, Physical Science, and Mind, Brain, and Learning. Prior to GV, I was a high school science teacher and an associate reading and special education teacher in a first grade classroom. Each of those experiences helped me understand the importance of helping students to become lifelong learners. My scholarly interests include: preparing pre-service teachers to understand and implement effective teaching practices, investigating how to accurately develop students’ views of learning, and researching how to ease the transition from pre-service to in-service teaching. Outside of my professional life, I enjoy gardening, bicycling, reading, traveling, and spending time with my wife and children.