Meet our Faculty & Staff

From cultural diversity and social justice in the classroom and adolescent development, to special education and classroom technology integration, the Department of Education at Elizabethtown faculty are a group of teacher-scholars deeply invested in teaching classroom innovation. Though their areas of academic specialty and concentration may vary, their commitment to educating students in social justice and specialized, innovative curriculum does not.

Our faculty believe in the value of continuing education, mentorship in teaching, and striving for academic excellence. Read more about our faculty below:

Professor Wendy Bellew

Lecturer in Education | 717-361-1248

  • 2002 M.Ed. Millersville University
  • 1995 B.S., Education, Elizabethtown College

Teaches literacy methods for Early Childhood, Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom, Creative Expression for Early Childhood and First Year Seminar.

In Brief: Professor Bellew joins the College as a Lecturer in Education, teaching primarily early childhood courses. Prior to joining the Education Department at Elizabethtown College, she worked as a teacher and school counselor in southcentral Pennsylvania.

Wendy Bellew

Dr. Kathryn Caprino

Assistant Professor of Education, PK-12 New Literacies | 717-361-1127

  • 2015 Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2010 M.A., Old Dominion University
  • 2005 M.A., College of William and Mary
  • 2004 B.A., University of Virginia

Teaches adolescent/children's literature, literacy methods, educational foundations and linguistic and cultural diversity courses. 

Research Areas: Technology integration in the literacy classroom, children's and young adult literature, English education, adolescent literacy, and the teaching of writing. 

In Brief: Dr. Caprino is an Assistant Professor of PK-12 New Literacies in the Education Department. Prior to earning her doctorate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Caprino taught middle school and high school English in Virginia and North Carolina. She has taught first year composition at Durham Technical Community College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining the faculty at Elizabethtown, she co-coordinated the English Education program at the University of Florida. 

She lives in Lancaster County with her husband and little boy.

Dr. Katie Caprino

Dr. Elizabeth Coyle

Associate Professor of Education | 717-361-1134

  • 2003 D.Ed. Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
  • 1982 M.S., Mansfield University
  • 1972 B.S., West Chester University

Teaches adolescent development, learning environments and social interaction in inclusive settings, senior seminar and honors thesis preparation.

Research areas: Violence prevention and classroom management

In Brief: Dr. Coyle is an Associate Professor in the Education Department. Prior to joining the faculty at Elizabethtown College in 2004, Dr.Coyle taught graduate classes in School Violence Prevention, Childhood Mental Health Disorders, and Learning Theory at Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State York. As a member of the Education Department, she has taught courses in behavior management, special education, honors in the discipline, the impact of school violence on student mental health, and contemporary issues in education. Her research interests include classroom management, bullying prevention, and women’s learning. She has shared her scholarly work in several publications and at a number of state, national, and international conferences.

elizabeth coyle

Associate Professor of Education

Chair, Education Department | 717-361-1327

  • 1999 Ph.D. Lehigh University
  • 1994 M.A., History, Lehigh University
  • 1991 B.S., History, Drexel University

Teaches social studies methods and content courses, supervises student teachers, advises social studies education students, and mentors undergraduate honors thesis research.

Research areas: Citizenship and peace education; Gender and national identity in Northern Ireland.

In Brief: Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman is an Associate Professor of Social Studies Education and Chair of the Department of Education. Prior to her tenure at Elizabethtown, she was an Associate Professor of History, Chair of the Department of Secondary Education, and Co-Director of the Honors Program at Delaware Valley University. She has presented her scholarly work in several publications and at numerous regional,national, and international conferences. She was the recipient of the 2009 Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education) Teacher of Honor Award. She recently served two consecutive terms on the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies (PCSS), and she was a fellow of the Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) in 2012-2013.

rachel finley bowman

Dr. J. Edward Frick

Lecturer in Education, Educational Administration and Leadership | 717-361-1296

  • 2012 Ed. D., Drexel University
  • 2002 M.Ed., Bucknell University
  • 1992 B.A., History, Lycoming College

Supervises student teachers and methods block students in practicum/field experiences as well as facilitates instruction on an as-needed basis. 

In Brief: Dr. Frick is a lecturer in Education, Educational Administration and Leadership in the Education Department. He holds a B.A. in History/Education from Lycoming college, a masters of science in Education (Educational Administration) from Bucknell University and has earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from Drexel University. While at Bucknell, he was recognized by the Bucknell Education Department with the Hugh F. McKeegan Prize for the individual that best exemplifies those qualities of character, scholarship, leadership and professional commitment needed for effective leadership in the school. Dr. Frick has twenty years of experience in public education having served as a teacher, administrator and school board director. In 2007, he was recognized as the Assistant Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the PA Association of Elementary and Secondary Principals. He has published articles in national, international and regionally peer-reviewed journals. Previously in higher education, Dr. Frick has served as an adjunct instructor, faculty manager, clinical instructor and clinical supervisor. His desire to instill in individuals the importance of relationship and ethical awareness within educational practice is evident in his interactions with colleagues and students alike.  

He lives in Mt. Joy with his wife, Kerri and their four children.

Dr. Ed Frick

Dr. Peter R. Licona

Assistant Professor in Education | 717-361-1297

  • 2015 Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1998 M.S. Biology Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • 1993 B.S. Sec. Ed. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Teaches Science Methods, Mathematics Methods, Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom, and Integrated Technology.

Research Areas: Science Curriculum and Pedagogy, STEM Education, English Learners, and Bilingualism.

In Brief: Dr. Licona is an Assistant Professor of PK-12 STEM Education. Prior to joining the faculty at Elizabethtown, he worked in the Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs and taught for the College of Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Licona is a certified secondary science teacher who has instructed many of the science courses in the K-12 curriculum. He has also worked extensively in educational outreach with the federally-funded Upward Bound programs. A key facet of his career was when Dr. Licona taught elementary and middle level classes for two years at a bilingual school in Honduras. The majority of his work has been in diverse, urban school districts working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. His research focuses on STEM education for students from diverse backgrounds, particularly bilingual students.

Dr. Peter R. Licona

Dr. Shannon Haley-Mize

Associate Professor of Education | 717-361-3702

  • 2011 Ph.D. University of Southern Mississippi
  • 2001 M.S. Early Intervention, University of Southern Mississippi
  • 1997 B.S. Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi

Teaches Special Education block; methods of teaching and assessment in special and inclusive education.

Research areas: Special education (area of emphasis EBD), technology integration, emotional behavior disorders.

In Brief: Dr.Haley-Mize completed doctoral study in Special Education with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Past experience includes work with students in a psychiatric day and inpatient treatment setting, federal grant administration, and service-learning program development. She also completed a graduate degree in early childhood and served an educator, early interventionist, and administrator in an inclusive early childhood education setting. As part of this role, Dr. Haley-Mize collaborated with a transdisciplinary team to provide a range of services including interdisciplinary assessment, direct service provision, inclusion and family support, and classroom instruction for students with special needs and their families. Dr. Haley-Mize has taught a variety of courses in education including assessment, behavior management, introduction to special education, and early intervention for infants and toddlers. Her research interests include new literacy studies, technology integration in P-16 education, social justice and teacher education and the use of technology to support successful teaching and learning. She has shared her work on these topics at a variety of conferences and scholarly publications.

She lives in Elizabethtown with her 3 daughters and a Cavashon named Hazel.


Wendy K. Martin

Science Education Outreach Director | 717-361-1305

  • 2012 M.S., Lebanon Valley College
  • 1993 B.S., Education, Millersville University

Responsibilities since joining Elizabethtown College in 2009 include Site Director and Mobile Educator for Science in Motion, Site Coordinator for the ASSET, Inc. Teacher Professional Development Program, Community Science Programming and Afterschool Science Clubs.

In Brief: Wendy K. Martin joined the Education Department in July 2013 as the Science Education Outreach Director. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown, Wendy was the Community Outreach Director with Pennsylvania Farm Bureau where her main responsibilities included providing educational programming about PA agriculture and coordinating the Ag in the Classroom Institute. Additionally, she was the Project Coordinator with Penn State’s Capital Area Institute for Mathematics and Science, where she provided hands-on science professional development for Early Childhood teachers. She loves spending time with family, gardening, cooking and baking.

She resides in Carlisle with her husband, Michael, and daughter Michaela.


Dr. Carroll Tyminski

Associate Professor of Education | 717-361-1378

  • 1995 D.Ed. Temple University
  • 1971 M.Ed., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • 1969 B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Teaches special education courses and senior honors project in education.

Research areas: Inclusionary practice in the US and abroad, intergenerational service learning

Book publications: Your Early Childhood Practicum and Student Teaching Experience: Guidelines for Success

In Brief: Dr. Tyminski received her doctorate in education from Temple University in 1995 and bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She developed a certification program in special education, as well as a concentration in special needs. Although she has taught a wide variety of courses, her primary areas of teaching focus on the areas of inclusion and cognitive, behavioral, physical, and health impairments. Prior to joining the Elizabethtown College faculty, she taught at York College of Pennsylvania, coordinated and supervised a full inclusion program in Maryland, and taught special education students in the public schools of both Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Dr. Tyminski volunteers as an advocate to help parents of special-needs students understand their legal rights and to help parents obtain appropriate inclusion of their children in the regular classroom. Her writing interests include strategies for successful inclusion, inquiry-based teaching, service-learning, and student teaching.

Carroll Tyminski

Mrs. Diane DeArment

Director of Clinical Experiences & Certification Officer | 717-361-1225

  • 2006 B.S. Business Administration, Elizabethtown College

Responsibilities relate to field placement, student teacher orientation, instructor I certification, criminal clearances, Title II HEA Reports, graduate surveys, Education Department awards and scholarships

In Brief: Mrs. DeArment joined the Department in March 2007 as the Coordinator of Clinical Experiences. Previously, she was the Learning Zone and Disability Services Coordinator for 15 years. Diane loves the Etown College environment and Elizabethtown College students. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband, two daughters, son, their families and grandchildren. Other interests are reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors.


Mrs. Dana Wendling

Administrative Assistant, Clinical Experiences |717-361-1363

  • 1987 B.A. Telecommunications, Penn State University, University Park

Responsibilities relate to assisting with responsibilities related to field placement, student teacher orientation, instructor I certification, graduate surveys, Education Department awards and scholarships.

In Brief: Mrs. Wendling joined the Education Department in February 2013 as the Administrative Assistant for Clinical Experiences. Previously, she was the Residency Coordinator for the Child Psychiatry Residency Program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Prior to that she was a substitute teacher in Dauphin County through the CAIU guest teacher program. Her past employment also includes working at USA Today Headquarters in Arlington, VA and the Patriot News in Harrisburg, PA in advertising.

She lives in Hershey, with her husband, son and daughter.


Ms. Johanna Gardiner

Department Administrative Assistant |717-361-1210

  • 1997 B.S. Early Childhood Education, Evangel University

Responsibilities relate to daily management of department tasks and responsibilities, Provisional and Formal acceptance, Clearance compliance, Education department events, literacy library/ resource room and supervision of department student assistants. 

In Brief: Ms. Gardiner joined the Department in February 2012 as the Department Administrative Assistant. Responsibilities include assistant to the department chair, administrative support to all department faculty and staff, disseminating information and serving as a resource to students and faculty regarding compliance with all program requirements, clearances, PAPA/Basic Skills Test/ PECT/ Praxis testing and registration information; assist in the compilation of data required to meet state and federal regulations and ensure smooth and efficient work flow in the Education Department daily. Over the last 10 years, she has held various positions in a higher education setting (at another institution) as the campus reservationist, transportation coordinator and as an office coordinator in an administrative office. Just before joining the Education department,  she was an Executive Administrative Assistant for a large corporation in Reading, Pa.

Ms.Gardiner enjoys singing, collecting Pink flamingos, shopping, scrapbooking, spending time with family and friends and church activities.

She lives in Elizabethtown.