Essays in Education

Editorial Board

Robin Alcala Saner

Robin Alcala Saner is currently a licensed school counselor working for the Rochester Public Schools. She was an assistant professor in the counselor education department at Winona State University for 5 years in between her time as a practitioner. In addition to her work as a school counselor, Robin is a consultant for college planning and bullying prevention. She has worked with women and children who have experienced violence, worked in a psychoanalytic milieu at the University of Chicago, and has extensive training and experience in crisis response.

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.

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.

Gail Onderak

Gail Onderak is a practicing mental health therapist at All New Directions in Rochester. She brings a diversity of experience to this role as she strives to empower individuals toward personal growth. Gail received her master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winona State University. She has undergraduate degrees in Math and French from the College of St. Benedict. Gail worked as a computer programmer for several years after her undergraduate studies before taking a break from her professional career to be a full-time mother to her three children. She entered the professional mental health arena to help others live their best lives.

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.

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