Our Faculty

Katie Bonawitz

Started at Bethel in 1998

Education: B.A., St. Cloud State University; M.Ed. in Special Education, Bethel University; Ed.D. in Special Education Administration, Bethel University.

Areas of expertise: Bonawitz focuses her research in the areas of general education teachers working with students with special needs and special education amidst world religions. Her teaching specialties include history of special education, legal issues related to special education, specific learning disabilities, classroom management, observation, and assessment.

Keith S. Brooks

Started at Bethel in 2008

Education: B.A. in English Education, Xavier University of Louisiana; M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership, University of Minnesota; Ph.D. in Work and Human Resource Education, University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: Brooks focuses his research in youth development, ethical issues in human services, U.S. history since 1865, culturally responsive instruction, racial equity in schools, and school climate and change. His teaching specialties include issues in education, cultural competence, career development, interpersonal relations, and community and family settings.

Katharine Churchill

Started at Bethel in 1990

Education: B.F.A. in Painting/Printmaking, Drake University;  M.A. in Art Education, University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: Churchill is currently writing and illustrating a book on painting activities for intermediate and middle school students. Her interests include acrylic painting and art education.

Sandi Horn

Started at Bethel in 1997

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education, Bethel College; M.A. in Elementary Education, University of Minnesota; Ed.D. in Educational Administration, University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: Horn’s research interests include charter school development, experiential learning for teacher education candidates, and integration of social studies concepts into elementary curriculum. Her teaching specialties include introduction to education and elementary social studies methods.

Gail Jordan

Started at Bethel in 2000

Education: B.A. in Elementary Education, University of Maine; M.S.E in Reading, University of Wisconsin, River Falls; Ph.D. in Reading and Language Arts, University of Minnesota

Areas of experience: Jordan focuses her research in the areas of emergent literacy, family-based literacy interventions, at risk readers, reading comprehension, and policy initiatives. Her teaching specialties include primary literacy methods, educational psychology, foundations of reading, and advanced diagnosis.

Judi Landrum

Started at Bethel in 2003

Education: Ph.D. in Literacy, University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: Landrum’s research interests include adolescent writing and reading. Her teaching specialties include writing instructional practices, content area reading, young adult literature, and K-12 literature.

Jill Martin

Started at Bethel in 1996

Education: B.A. in Social Studies Secondary Education, Bethel University; M.A. in Educational Psychology, St. Thomas University; Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education, Nova Southeastern University

Areas of expertise: Martin’s scholarly interests include content area literacy, reflective teaching, and teacher’s use of metacognation. Her teaching specialties include secondary social studies, middle level philosophy and pedagogy, and educational psychology.

Mike Mignard

Started at Bethel in 2002

Education: B.A. in Physical Education, Cedarville University; M.R.E. in School Administration, Grand Rapids Baptist Theological Seminary (Cornerstone University); Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Trinity Theological Seminary

Areas of expertise: Mignard has prepared presentations related to student teaching, working with Generation Y teachers, preparing for school accreditation, and common mistakes made in teaching. He teaches the Introduction to Education course.

Craig Paulson

Started at Bethel in 2000

Education: M.A. in Educational Administration, University of Minnesota; Specialist Degree in Educational Administration, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: Paulson focuses his scholarly work in school restructuring, school collaboration, community leadership development, and integration of faith and leadership. His teaching interests include economics, business, and other topics related to school administration at the principal and superintendent level.

Patti Paulson

Started at Bethel in 1999

Education: B.S. in Psychology, Elementary Licensure, Muskingum College; M.S. in Educational Administration, St. Cloud State; Life Science Education License; Ph.D., Education, Special Studies: Science Education, Capella University

Areas of expertise: Paulson focuses her research on attitudes of pre-service teachers toward science and science teaching. For the past 3 years she has coordinated a science education program for inner-city elementary youth. Her teaching interests include life science concepts and science curriculum and methods.

Jolene Pearson

Started at Bethel in 2012

Education: B.S. University of Minnesota; M.S. Wheelock College; Doctoral Student – University of Minnesota in Youth , Family and Community with an emphasis in early childhood.  Pearson is  licensed in early childhood education, early childhood special education, and parent education.

Areas of expertise: Pearson has focused her research and professional work in pre-service teacher education , professional development for early childhood educators, online education, and infant mental health. Her teaching specialties include premature infants, infant mental health, early childhood special education, and development of early childhood teachers.   

Linda Probert

Started at Bethel in 1997

Education: B.S. in Education, Ashland University; M.A. in Reading, University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D. in Higher Education, Nova Southeastern University

Areas of expertise: Probert's research interests include kindergarten and play. Her teaching specialties include kindergarten education, early childhood education, and introduction to education.

Jay Rasmussen

Started at Bethel in 1997

Education: B.S. in Elementary Education, Florida State University; M.S. in Educational Administration, Elementary Education, University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Reading, Language Arts, Children’s Literature, University of Minnesota

Areas of expertise: Rasmussen’s research interests include literacy patterns of Latino children, literature-based reading programs, behavior patterns of Hmong elementary school children, staff development, and faith integrations. His teaching specialties include life science concepts, science curriculum, and science methods.

Dan Swensen

Started at Bethel in 2008

Education: B.S. in Physics, University of Wisconsin, River Falls; M.Ed. in Education, University of Wisconsin, River Falls; Specialist Degree in Educational Administration, University of Minnesota; doctoral work in Math Education, University of Minnesota (in progress)

Areas of expertise: Swensen’s scholarly work focuses on the development of the Mathematics Standard Level exams taken by International Baccalaureate candidates. His teaching specialties include middle school education, education technology, statistics, and math and physics education.

Louise Wilson

Started at Bethel in 1999

Education: B.A. in English Literature and Elementary Education, North Park University; M.A. in Education of Hearing Impaired, Northwestern University; Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota

Areas of interest: Wilson’s research interests include school reform, charter school development, cognitive learning, and brain development. Her teaching specialties include educational psychology, technology integration, instruction, and school change.