Department of Secondary Education & Professional Programs
Teachers in middle and high schools provide guidance to teenagers at a critical point in their lives, when they are testing their wings and on the verge of becoming adults. Teachers often serve as educators not only in academics but in life lessons as well.
The programs in this department prepare Bridgewater students to be educators and professionals in related fields – teaching, leading and serving in a diverse and evolving global society.
Anne Hird coordinates and teaches in the Instructional Technology program. Dr. Hird, author of Learning from Cyber-Savvy Students: How Internet-Age Kids Impact Classroom Teaching, describes herself as living with one foot on the ground and one foot in "cyberspace." She has worked with computer technology in schools since 1982. Her experience ranges from teaching in the Providence Public Schools to directing the $1.1 million Library Power grant across 27 elementary and middle schools. Most recently, she has spearheaded the effort to move the Instructional Technology MEd to a fully Web-based degree program.
BA, Brown University
MS, Simmons College
PhD, University of Rhode Island
Benedicta "Bennie" Agbarha's professional areas of interest include educational leadership, educational research and evaluation, equity in education, and conflict management. Dr. Agbarha is a full-time faculty member at Bridgewater State University and teaches: Systems Planning for Educational Leaders, Curriculum Design and Improvement, Legal and Ethical Issues in Educational Leadership, and Communication between and among stakeholders.
BSc, MSc, University of Benin
EdD, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, School Administration Planning and Policy
Dr. Bodi is an active researcher and successful teacher in the fields of history and philosophy of education as well as assessment and evaluation of learning. After almost twenty years in public and private schools as a classroom teacher and school principal "JM" earned his doctorate at the University of Texas in Austin. Since that time he's been active in educational politics as teaching in higher education.
BFA, Ohio State University
MEd, University of Houston
PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Phyllis Gimbel has enjoyed a lengthy career in the public education system, serving as middle school principal, foreign language department chair, and central office superintendent intern and French and Spanish teacher. For the past four years, she has served as Coordinator of a multi university-school collaborative. Dr. Gimbel has published a book entitled, "Solutions for Promoting Principal-Teacher Trust," Rowman and Littlefield, 2003, which is based on the topic of her dissertation.
BA, Hood College
MA, Columbia University, French
EdM, Harvard University
EdD, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 2001, School Leadership
Stephen Krajeski earned his doctorate in Curriculum Instruction with a focus on Science Education from Pennsylvania State University after teaching high school physics for three years. He joins Bridgewater State University's Department of Secondary Education and Professional Programs and will teach Introduction to Education (EDHM 210) and Strategies for Teaching in the High School-Integrated Science (HSED 465). His research focuses on supporting pre-service science teachers in developing culturally relevant pedagogy. He will also serve as an adviser to science and mathematics majors with a secondary education minor as well as a committee member for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. His favorite hobbies include playing team trivia and board games.
Dr. Chris Mattocks arrived at Bridgewater State University in 2008 after 43 years in public education as a high school teacher/coach, superintendent, and college professor. His career has included work in Montana, Idaho, and Massachusetts. While serving as superintendent of the Bellingham (MA) school district from 2002-2008, he was also a part-time faculty for Bridgewater in the areas of school law, the superintendency, and public relations. Chris teaches courses in beginning and advanced law, school finance, personnel, and the superintendency, and serves as coordinator of the LEAD Program.
BS, MEd, Montana State University
EdD, Montana State University, 1987, Educational Leadership
Dr. Robert A. McManus has been employed at Bridgewater State University since the fall of 2011. As a part-time faculty in the Master's Core, he served as the full-time administrator for the Bridge Partnership Program. In the fall of 2012, he was appointed Pre-Practicum Coordinator and temporary full-time Assistant Professor in Secondary Education and Professional Programs. He was recently appointed to a permanent position in the Educational Leadership Program and will continue to serve as Pre-Practicum Coordinator for the College of Education and Allied Studies.
A former middle school principal and special education director in the District of Columbia Public School System, Dr. McManus has held teaching positions at several other universities. As a member of the US Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, he served as a full-time teacher of Aerospace Education to students in grades 7-12 in Fort Washington, Maryland and, in 2012, helped establish the Bridgewater State University Squadron of Civil Air Patrol that is currently in operation through our Department of Aviation Science in the Ricciardi College of Business.
Stephen J. Nelson is a Professor of Educational Leadership at Bridgewater State University and a Senior Scholar in the Leadership Alliance at Brown University. Professor Nelson teaches in the Educational Leadership Program in the Department of Secondary Education and Professional Programs concentrating on questions and issues of leadership, organizational culture, behavior and dynamics, and educational research. He guides the development and implementation of CAGS student research projects and collaborates with Graduate Research Assistants on student-initiated research studies, articles, publications, and professional presentations.
Professor Nelson's most recent major book is The Shape and Shaping of the College and University in America: A Lively Experiment (2016). He is also the author of five books about the college presidency: College Presidents Reflect: Life in and out of the Ivory Tower (2013), Decades of Chaos and Revolution: Showdowns for College Presidents (2012), Leaders in the Crossroads: Success and Failure in the College Presidency (2009), Leaders in the Labyrinth: College Presidents and the Battleground of Creeds and Convictions (2007), Leaders in the Crucible: The Moral Voice of College Presidents (2000), as well as numerous scholarly articles. Prior to his career as a professor, he was a college student affairs administrator at Wellesley, Dartmouth and Bard Colleges where he was the Dean of Students. Professor Nelson's work focuses on the history of the college and university in America and on the college presidency. He further maintains broad interests in the field of educational leadership, especially in higher education, in organizational culture and theory, and in general issues of leadership in the public and private sector.
BA, Gettysburg College, History
MARS, Hartford Seminary
MDiv, Andover Newton Theological School
PhD, University of Connecticut, Professional Higher Education Administration
Prior to accepting the position at Bridgewater State University, Sarah taught English in public and private institutions in the United States and abroad. Her research interests include international education, technology in education and mentoring. She is the advisor to English majors with a secondary education minor and the liaison to the College of Education and Allied Studies for undergraduate secondary education minors. Sarah also serves on the board of greenlight for girls, an international NGO dedicated to inspire girls to pursue STEM subjects.
Melissa Winchell obtained her doctorate in educational leadership and leadership in urban schools from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Dr. Winchell teaches courses in secondary education pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment for undergraduate and graduate students. Her research interests include critical cultural competence and contemplative education. She was a lead author for a chapter in Freire’s Intellectual Roots: Toward Historicity in Practice, which won the Society of Education Professors Book Award for 2014. Dr. Winchell’s next publication is a chapter titled, “No Place Like Home: Reconceptualizing Whiteness as Place│ Space within Teacher Education.” She enjoys travel, coffee and volunteering; she is a community advocate with Inclusion Matters, the Federation for Children with Special Needs, a local school council, and Brockton’s Department of Developmental Services.
BA, Gordon College
MAT, Salem State University
EdD, University of Massachusetts at Boston
The department offers a minor in secondary education for undergraduates in conjunction with a wide range of majors offered at the university. Our programs also include an Accelerated Post Baccalaureate Program for secondary education licensure, an MA program in teaching, M.Ed programs in Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology, and a CAGS in Educational Leadership.
Overall, we encourage our students to take an active role in their education, to develop strong values and cultural sensitivity, and to build the skills and knowledge they need for leadership in their field. Our graduates pursue advanced study and/or licensure and teaching careers in a variety of subjects.
For more information on programs see our Catalog.