Associate Professor of Education
Director of the Wiggins School of Education and Director of Teacher Education
After receiving her B.A. degree from Davidson College, Dr. Susan D. Henderson earned her PK-8 teaching credentials from Coker College. While teaching, she earned her M.Ed. in Reading Instruction and her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Education from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA. During her studies at Georgia State University, she spent a semester in Cambridge, England, studying at Homerton College. While abroad she conducted research in area schools exploring literacy practices in elementary education. She also enjoyed being a member of the women's eight rowing team and the coxswain for the men's eight team.
Dr. Henderson has been a classroom teacher in grades 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and enjoys bringing those years of experience into her college classes. As an Associate Professor of Education, Dr. Henderson teaches EDU 208, 211, 308, 309, and facilitates the student teaching seminar. In addition, Dr. Henderson enjoys serving as the counselor of Alpha Gamma Psi, Coker College's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education.
Dr. Henderson is a member of the Literacy Reseach Association (LRA), the International Reading Association (IRA), the South Carolina State Council of the IRA (SCIRA), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). She also serves on the South Carolina Education Deans' Alliance, the Board of Directors for the Pee Dee Education Consortium, and the Board of Directors for the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA). She and her husband, Kyle Henderson, have two children with whom they enjoy travelling and reading.
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Carpenter earned her Ph. D. in Literacy Studies from the University of Nevada-Reno in 2010, her M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1992, and her B.S. in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University in 1983.
She currently teaches in teacher education, but during her career as a public school teacher at a rural school in Jackpot, Nevada, she taught Special Education K-12, Title 1 K-8, first grade, and third grade. She was also a Literacy Specialist, Literacy Tutorial Coordinator, and an Instructional Coach for Elko County School District.
Dr. Carpenter teaches Reading Methods I, Reading Methods II, Language Arts and supervises student teachers. Her research and scholarship involves two primary areas: 1) literacy development and instruction with an emphasis on orthographic development and 2) vocabulary development.
She is a member of the Literacy Research Association (LRA), the International Reading Association (IRA), the South Carolina Council of the IRA, (SCIRA), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
Dr. Carpenter enjoys spending time with her two grown children, reading, swimming, traveling, and watching sports.
Director, Education Internship Programs
Ms. Goyeneche earned her B.A. in elementary education from Coker College and her M.Ed. in educational media and technology from Boston University. She has enjoyed various capacities in the field of education. She has been a teacher and coach with Darlington County Schools in South Carolina and Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts. She has also worked with Boston Children's Museum and Hill House Community Outreach Center in Massachusetts. Ms. Goyeneche remains a freelance writer with Apangea Learning, Inc. and a certified teacher in South Carolina.
In her role as Director of Education Internship Programs, she coordinates all field experiences and clinical practice for students in all of our education programs. This also entails overseeing the placement of students for the Student Teaching semester and working with districts across the state to enhance the Teacher Education Program. Ms. Goyeneche also maintains records of our education graduates through alumni surveys and correspondence.
Ms. Goyeneche is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). She remains a resource in the School of Education for the evolving field of technology education.
Ms. Goyeneche enjoys traveling, watching movies, and outdoor activities.
Professor of Education
Dr. Maxwell earned her Ed. D.
in Curriculum and Instruction
from the University of Arizona in 1996, her M. Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Boston University in 1989, and her B. S. in Elementary Education from Presbyterian College in 1973. She is also a certified Montessori Primary/Elementary Classroom Director.
She has taught preschool through sixth grade at various times in Washington , Georgia , South Carolina , Pennsylvania , Missouri , and Germany . In Georgia and South Carolina , she taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Dr. Maxwell teaches early childhood curriculum and methods classes, child growth and development, and educational psychology.
She has published research in the area of children's play and presented at local, national, and international conferences on the importance of play in a child's life. She is a board member of the International Association for the Child's Right to Play in the United States / American Association for the Child's Right to Play, a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Montessori Educational Programs International, and the South Carolina Association for the Education of Young Children.
Dr. Maxwell enjoys “playing” at home in her garden, in the kitchen baking, and with her puppy, Nola. She and her husband, a retired career military officer, continue to enjoy traveling with their daughter and son-in-law, and are very pleased to have joined the ranks of "grandparenthood!"
Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Sandra (Sandy) McCloy earned a PhD in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina. She also has a master's in Rehabilitation Counseling from USC's School of Medicine and a bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Central Florida. Prior to becoming an assistant professor, Dr. McCloy worked with students with autism and other disabilities, their families, school districts, and individual teachers on assessment, planning, and curriculum modifications for behavioral, social, and communication issues, in both the school and home environment.
Dr. McCloy's teaching responsibilities at Coker College are primarily EDU 405 (Classroom Pragmatics: Assessment and Management), EDU 385 (Psychology of Teaching and Learning in the Classroom), and EDU 200 and 201 (Human Growth and Development). Dr. McCloy is the James P. Comer School Development Program liaison with PULSE, a comprehensive scholastic excellence program, which brings together Coker College, Yale University's Child Development Center, the SC Governor's School for Science and Mathematics, and the Darlington County School District, to improve the academic outcomes and personal development of students.
Dr. McCloy's research interests, publications, and presentations are related to bullying, social problem solving, self-regulation of learning, teacher misconceptions, and child development in the classroom. She is a member of AERA (American Educational Research Association), divisions of Learning and Instruction; Social Context in Education; and Research, Evaluation, & Assessment in Schools. She also is a member and president-elect of SCATE (SC Association of Teacher Educators). Dr. McCloy is a reviewer for the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education .
Dr. McCloy enjoys boating and traveling with her husband and daughter in her spare time.
Professor of Education
Dr. Odom earned her B.A. in Elementary Education at the Baptist College of Charleston and holds the distinction of being the first person to complete the teacher education program at that institution. In 1979 she earned her Master's in Elementary Education from Francis Marion College. In 1989 she furthered her studies in education by taking 30 hours of graduate work in reading at the University of South Carolina. In 1993 she earned her Ed.D. from NOVA University.
Dr. Odom is a veteran public school teacher of over twenty-seven years. She has taught grades K - 8 in state schools of Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina. In 1993 she was recognized as Darlington County School District's Teacher of the Year.
In 1994 Dr. Odom received an invitation to participate in the United States Children's Literature and Language Arts Delegation. The delegation visited schools all over China and met with Chinese educators to discuss the educational offerings of both countries.
In 2004 Dr. Odom received an invitation to participate in the Reading and Literacy Delegation to South Africa. The delegation visited schools in selected areas of South Africa and discussed literacy issues relative to both the United States and South Africa.
She says to tell you she is a young grandmother of eleven who enjoys writing music, poetry, and children's books.
Dr. Odom published her first children's book, Gram's Switch , in the fall of 2008. Dr. Odom and Dr. Henderson have co-authored Becoming a Teacher in South Carolina, a comprehensive guidebook for prospective teachers, which is in publication now.
Wiggins School of Education Coordinator
Mrs. Rawls has been with
the Coker College since the July of 2005. She earned
an A.S. in Engineering Graphics from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in
Orangeburg, S.C. and a B.S. in Business Administration from Coker College. She has had various work experiences including newspaper advertising, mechanical designer/drafter, 4-year-old kindergarten teacher, substitute teacher, and adminstrative assistant.
As the School of Education Coordinator, Mrs. Rawls assists incoming freshmen and transfer students with course planning and registration, maintains accurate personal and assessment data on all students, reports data to the School faculty and staff as well as to state and national organizations, manages the operations of the School of Education, maintains the website and Facebook page, and assists the Director with other functions of the School.
In her spare time, Mrs. Rawls enjoys contemporary Christian music, Bible study, and spending time with family and friends. She is married to Fletcher Rawls, and they have three children, Will, Fraser, and Emily.
Professor Emeritus of Education
Richard Culyer earned his B. S. in Elementary Education and M.A. in Reading from Appalachian State University and his Ph.D. in Reading from Florida State University . Before coming to Coker College, he taught elementary and middle school (being named Young Man of the Year in that city), organized and directed the first summer reading program in his school district, directed the developmental and remedial reading program at Appalachian for 1700 students annually, and served as Assistant Director of Right to Read for the State of Florida. With his wife, Dr. Gail B. Culyer, he developed a comprehensive research-based, mastery teaching program in reading that was highlighted as one of 17 effective reading programs featured in What Works in the Elementary School , a publication of the National Staff Development Council and the National Education Association. For 35 years, he has served as a part-time consultant specializing in setting up school- and district-wide reading programs in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida and, for the state of South Carolina, wrote a five-year plan to increase reading achievement in one impaired school district. His successful efforts, especially with at-risk populations, have been heavily documented by research. His biography is included in Who's Who in America .
He was one of the founders of the North Carolina Reading Council, served as its third president, and served in other positions, including State Coordinator, founder of The Tar Heel Reading Journal, and editor for 10 years of the Conference Proceedings . He served as president of two local reading councils in North Carolina and on six different committees for the International Reading Association.
In 25 years at Coker, Dr. Culyer taught 23 different courses in three departments, reflecting some of his nine areas of certification. He received an award from the South Carolina Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Golden Apple Award by TV Channel 13. He has made over 2000 presentations in the United States and Canada . His co-authored books focus on adult education, introduction to education, and reading. Dr. Culyer has extensive publications for children and educators in various aspects of the curriculum and has published in a dozen different journals. He writes a weekly parent information column for the Lee County Observer . He serves or has served as a peer reviewer for six national publications and is a life member of the National Council of Teachers of English, Phi Delta Kappa, Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (formerly College Reading Association), and the National Education Association. He and his wife reside in Hartsville.
Professor Emeritus of Education
Edward S. Ebert, II is a Professor Emeritus of Education at Coker College in Hartsville , South Carolina . With a degree in Psychological Foundations of Education, he taught courses in educational psychology, elementary science methods, child development, classroom management, assessment, and creative problem solving. He has written a dozen books, including elementary science methods, creative thinking and science teaching, introduction to education, and classroom pragmatics: management and assessment. Dr. Ebert has given numerous presentations nationally and internationally, and has taught science education and educational psychology for a semester at Shanghai International Studies University , Shanghai , P.R. China.
Dr. Ebert was the 2007 recipient of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Teacher of Excellence Award. He delivered the keynote address at Coker College 's Centennial Convocation in August, 2008, challenging the audience to consider and define the American culture
.Dr. Ebert now resides in Wellfleet , Massachusetts , where he continues to write and publish books within the field of Education in addition to pursuing other academic, civic, and creative interests.
Professor Emeritus of Education
Dr. Rubinstein was raised in New York City and graduated from Yeshiva Rabbi Jacob Joseph and from Stuyvesant High School. He received B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biology from New York University (NYU), finishing his studies in 1969. While at NYU he held positions of Graduate Student, Teaching Fellow, Lecturer, Assistant Professor of Biology and Associate Research Scientist.
Although his education and early publications were in the natural sciences, his interest in elementary education was sparked by his participation in the late 1960's in a National Science Foundation funded experimental science curriculum development project, the Conceptually Oriented Program in Elementary Science (COPES). He also became interested in the related problems of teacher education, and in 1971 he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at New York University that allowed him to spend one year in the New York City public schools, working closely with elementary school teachers and helping them to implement science programs in their classrooms.
In 1972 he joined the Open Court Publishing Company and served as Director of their Mathematics and Science Curriculum Development Center for its first seven years. In that capacity, he directed a nationwide field-testing program for Real Math, an elementary and middle school mathematics curriculum. He is one of four co-authors of this program. Real Math was completed in 1983, was revised several times and remained in wide use until 1998, when the program was sold to the SRA Division of McGraw-Hill, revised, and published as SRA Math Explorations and Applications. The latest revision was published in 2009 as SRA Real Math. Dr. Rubinstein is also one of three co-authors of Real Science, an elementary school science program published in 1999 by the SRA Division of McGraw-Hill.
Dr. Rubinstein is active in state and national organizations and is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the nation. He is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Science Teachers association, The Society of Sigma Xi, The New York Academy of Sciences, and Kappa Delta Pi.
Dr. Rubinstein is a veteran, having served in the United States Army for three years.
He joined the Coker College faculty in 1984, and was responsible for coursework in methods of teaching mathematics and for the first course required of education majors, Introduction to Education. He also taught a course on the Holocaust every two years. He was chairperson of the education department for 15 years.
Dr. Rubinstein is married to the former Heike Buechler, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
"Developing the Well-Educated Teacher"