About the Researchers

Philip Tucker, Ed.D
ptucker@bloomu.edu

Dr. Tucker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exceptionality Programs at Bloomsburg University. He received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, an M.Ed. in Special Education from Rhode Island College, and an Ed.D. in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati. He has worked with children and adults that have a variety of disabilities in institutional and ARC settings.  He currently teaches courses on technology for exceptional individuals to graduate and undergraduate students.

Barbara A. Wilson, Ed.D
bwilson@bloomu.edu

Dr. Wilson holds a B.S. in Special Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Administration from Wheelock College, and an Ed.D. in Special Education from Lehigh University. Over her career, she has taught students with learning disabilities, severe and multiple disabilities, autism, and students with emotional/behavioral challenges. Interested in effective assessment strategies for developing teaching and behavioral supports, Dr. Wilson currently teaches in the special education program at Bloomsburg University.

David Chalecki, M.S. Ed.

David was born in Philadelphia, PA and raised in Sellersville, PA. In the face of a learning disability, David graduated from high school and joined the military as an intelligence analyst. After a tour of service, David left the military to pursue a B.S. Ed. with a dual certification in Special Education and Elementary Education at Bloomsburg University. He made the decision to continue his education and remained at Bloomsburg to obtain a Masters in Special Education and Administration. David is a graduate assistant in the Technology Lab under Dr. Tucker and works for United Cerebral Palsy of Central PA. He will graduate in spring 2012 and is interested in obtaining a teaching position in a special education and or elementary education setting.

Heaven Reinard, M.S. Ed.

Heaven currently resides in Sunbury Pa, with her husband Matt. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from Slippery Rock University in 2009. Upon graduating from SRU, she has worked with numerous organizations in Central Pennsylvania to teach and advocate for the importance of the arts in special education. Heaven entered Bloomsburg University in 2010 to earn her Master's Degree in Exceptionalities and Elementary Education with a dual Teaching Certification. She currently serves as a graduate assistant in the Exceptionalities Department under the direction of Dr. Barbara Wilson. Upon graduation in the fall of 2011, Heaven would like to obtain a teaching position in a special education setting and plans to return to school to earn her Ph.D. in Special Education.

Alysha Renn, M.S. Ed.

Alysha resides in Herndon, Pa with her three children. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Bloomsburg University in Psychology. She has worked in the field of Children's Behavioral Health before returning to Bloomsburg University to earn a Master’s Degree in Exceptionalities and Elementary Education dual certification. She serves as a graduate assistant in the Assistive Technology Lab under the direction of Dr. Philip Tucker. Alysha will graduate in fall 2011 and would like to obtain a teaching position in an elementary education and/or special education setting.

Kristen Onder, M.S. Ed.

Kristen lives in Hazleton, Pa. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at The Pennsylvania State University in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She decided to continue her education at Bloomsburg University for a Master’s Degree in Exceptionalities and Elementary Education dual certification. She has served as a graduate assistant in the Assistive Technology Lab under the direction of Dr. Philip Tucker. Kristen will graduate in fall 2010 and she hopes to acquire a teaching position in an elementary education setting.

Megan Harter, M.S. Ed.

Megan currently resides in Riverside, Pa. Megan earned her Bachelor of Art's degree in Communication studies with a concentration in Family, Children and Youth from Bloomsburg University in May 2007. At that time she began working in the behavioral health field. Megan returned to Bloomsburg in January 2008 to begin in the Masters of Science in Exceptionalities program. During that time, she served as a graduate assistant to Dr. Barbara Wilson. Megan will complete the program in May 2010 and hopes to work with middle school students in a suburban setting.

Kristin Cercone, M.S. Ed.

Kristin was born and raised in Largo, Florida and moved to Bloomsburg, PA as a ninth grade student. She attended Central Columbia High School before pursuing a career in education. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Bloomsburg University, majoring in secondary education and mathematics. She decided to continue her education at Bloomsburg University, majoring in the Master's of Exceptionalities Program. It was there that Kristin received a graduate assistantship with Dr. Philip Tucker. She graduated in August 2009. She has obtained a job as a middle school learning support teacher at Milton Area School District in the subject of mathematics.

Christina Grenzinski, M.S. Ed.

Christina lives in Pond Hill, PA with her two daughters and Dad. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Bloomsburg University in Secondary Education and Science. Christina returned in the fall of 2008 to complete her Master’s Degree in Exceptionalities and concluded the program in August, 2009. She served as a graduate assistant in the Assistive Technology Lab, Navy Hall under the direction of Dr. Philip Tucker. Christina hopes to acquire a teaching position in a secondary education setting working with students who have unique strengths and needs.