Essays in Education

Editorial Board

Bryan Matera

Bryan Matera is an associate professor of Teacher Education with Winona State University's Rochester Education Department (RED) in Rochester, Minnesota. Bryan leads pre-service teachers through student teaching experiences and coursework while supervising teacher candidates working with elementary students. He also facilitates a STEM camp in the summer months with local Rochester area elementary schools. His research is grounded in climate and culture of schools and the impact on teacher self-efficacy, instructional and student-centered best practices, the Gradual Release of Responsibility, and visible student process learning. Before being appointed to associate professor, Bryan held positions as teacher, adjunct professor, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal.

Mitch Moore

Mitch Moore is an assistant professor in the Counselor Education Department and Coordinator of the Addiction Counseling Graduate Certificate Program at Winona State University. He is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Minnesota and has worked in the addictions treatment and mental health fields since 1988. Mitch has a doctorate degree in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota, and a MS in Counselor Education, and BS degrees in Psychology and Political Science, from Winona State University. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 2012 where he practiced as a drug treatment specialist developing and facilitating drug abuse education and treatment programs for male and female offenders.

David Wolff

David Wolff is an Assistant Professor in Teaching and Leadership in the College of Education at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. David believes that education is to strive for both excellence and equity – every day and for everyone. Prior to PSU, David was an elementary teacher, district coordinator, instructional coach, principal, and adjunct professor bringing a diverse perspective about teaching and leading from his experiences at public, private, and tribal institutions. David’s research interests include preservice teacher development, teacher professional development, effective pedagogy in elementary education instruction, and culturally responsive teaching practices.

Tonya Constantine

Tonya Constantine is Superintendent of Pine Island Public Schools in Pine Island, Minnesota. Prior to her role as superintendent, Tonya served as a high school principal, assistant principal at both middle and high school levels, secondary instructional coach, and elementary and middle school teacher. Tonya is an advocate for rural education and works to provide equality to all learners. She has a passion for personalized learning, the science of reading, hands-on learning opportunities, and for creating systems which produce collaborative and critical thinkers. She enjoys professionally speaking on topics such as instruction and assessment, career pathways, and how schools really improve.

Donna Zerr

Donna Zerr is an Assistant Professor in Teaching and Leadership in the College of Education at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS. Prior to PSU, Donna was an elementary teacher, school counselor, and high school principal. Bringing a plethora of experiences and perspectives from K-12 schools, Donna’s end goal was to come full circle to teaching in higher education. She has a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University. Her research interests include trauma-informed teaching, social-emotional learning and mental health, high school dropouts, and adjunct faculty assistance.


George Morrow

George Morrow is a retired professor from Winona State University, Education Leadership program. This program nurtured teachers in leadership skills and perspectives needed in a public education setting and licensed K-12 Principals and Superintendents in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Prior to WSU, he served for 15 years as a secondary principal in Minnesota school districts and as a social studies teacher for 5 years. He started his teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana. He has a doctorate in Educational Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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