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Early Childhood Education Faculty


Priscilla Nelson

Richard F. Gross Endowed Professor
Chair, Elementary Education

Priscilla Nelson, Class of '74, returned to Gordon's Education Department after twenty years of combined experience as a public school classroom teacher, an elementary Christian school principal, and an adjunct professor at Gordon. Priscilla pursued advanced study at Boston University and the University of Massachusetts. This enables her to prepare teachers of reading using the most recent scientifically based research. She served as a ... more ➔

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Ellen Ballock

Ellen Ballock

Professor of Education

Ellen Ballock taught elementary school in Florida and at the North Jakarta International School in the country of Indonesia and served as a teacher educator at Towson University in Maryland prior to joining the Gordon College faculty. Her research interests include professional learning communities, collaboration, teacher “noticing” and decision-making, and classroom assessment.

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Julia D'Onofrio

Instructor in Education

Julia D'Onofrio enjoyed teaching in an early childhood classroom for a number of years in the city of Lynn before moving on to work as the Director of Student Services at North Shore Christian School. This position enabled Julia to work with students from Pre-K through Eighth Grade, specifically students with special needs. Julia also has experience as a Reading Specialist, and brings a passion for teaching reading and English Language Lea ... more ➔

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Todd Morano

Associate Professor of Education

Todd served in the San Diego Unified School District as an elementary teacher, middle school science and US history classroom teacher, and as a school site administrator. He joined the faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University full-time in 1998 and held the positions of director of literacy development and single- and multiple-subjects coordinators. He earned his doctorate in applied socio-linguistics/TESOL from Alliant International University ... more ➔

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Geraldine White

Adjunct in Education
Adjunct in Graduate Education

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