Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education Intervention Faculty

Lisa Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Lisa Harris is an associate professor and the Master of Arts in Teaching program director in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Winthrop University. She served as director of the Instructional Technology Center in the College of Education at Winthrop University for 14 years before becoming a faculty member. Harris teaches educational technology, assessment courses, and research courses. Her research interests include project-based learning, technology integration, and working with Professional Development Schools.

Dr. Harris holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina, a Master of Library and Information Science from University of South Carolina, and a BA from Wofford College.

Debra Leach, Ed.D.

Professor

Debra Leach is a board-certified behavior analyst who specializes in working with children with autism spectrum disorders, their families and those who serve them. She has served as a special education teacher and general education teacher at the elementary level working in inclusive settings and was the inclusion specialist at K-8 laboratory school at Florida Atlantic University. Debra also served as an early intervention provider working with infants and toddlers with special needs and their families. Prior to coming to Winthrop, she was the Associate Director for the Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. In that position she provided training and supports to families, schools and community groups to help them meet the needs of individuals on the autism spectrum. At Winthrop University, Debra teachers a variety of courses in special education. She also has received grants to provide training to teachers across the state of South Carolina to promote the successful inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorders. She recently published a book entitled Bringing ABA into Your Inclusive Classroom.

Dr. Leach holds an Ed.D. in Exceptional Student Education from Florida Atlantic University and an M.Ed. and B.A. in Exceptional Student Education from the University of Florida.

Minnie Mize, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Minnie Mize is an assistant professor in Special Education and Education Core in the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Winthrop University. Her main areas of research focus on technology-assisted reading interventions for students with learning disabilities and difficulties. She previously worked in an inclusive classroom setting in a public elementary school as a full-time teacher for five years and also worked as clinical faculty for three years before coming to Winthrop. As a researcher, she has conducted several research studies for students with learning disabilities and difficulties as well as students with autism spectrum disorders to help them improve their knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. She has served as a co-chair of Leadership Development Committee of Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) and a consulting editor for Learning Disability Quarterly (LDQ).

Mize holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin and M.Ed. and B.Ed. from Seoul National University of Education in Seoul, South Korea.

Elke Schneider, Ph.D.

Professor

As a Professor at Winthrop University, Elke Schneider teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in three disciplines: Literacy, Special Education and English for non-native speakers. Between 2007 and 2011, she co-directed a large U.S. Department of Education grant that helped local teachers address the needs of non-native speakers of English. This grant also supported Winthrop faculty to infuse effective assignments into their courses to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for English Language Learners in their classes. Long distance, she has supervised over 20 different theses of students at universities in Germany, Austria, Poland and Luxembourg who sought her guidance in her unique area of expertise. Additionally, over a five-year period, she helped the Department of Education in the quadrilingual country of Luxembourg develop a support system for students with language learning disabilities.

Schneider's research interests focus on second and foreign language learning and dyslexia, MSL instruction, research-supported professional development in the area of literacy for native and second language learners and culturally sensitive instruction. Her research has been published in journals and books in the United States and Europe. She has also published two books on second language acquisition and learning disabilities. She has over 20 years of experience integrating multisensory structured language instruction into undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs. Nationally and internationally, she provides teacher training on multisensory structured language instruction to native, foreign and second language learners in public and private school settings.

Dr. Schneider holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Eichstätt in Germany with specialization in Learning Disabilities and Second/Foreign Language Learning. She earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees in foreign, second and native language instruction with teaching degrees for secondary education and K-12 second language education from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.

Brad Witzel, Ph.D.

Professor

Brad Witzel is a professor and M.Ed. Special Education Intervention program director in the College of Education at Winthrop University. His main areas of research focus on empirically-validated practices with students with disabilities and at-risk concerns, particularly in the areas of mathematics and MTSS. As a classroom teacher, he worked in multiple settings teaching mainly math and science to high achieving students with disabilities and at-risk concerns. Witzel has authored over 50 publications, including the recently published books Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom through Routledge, Teaching Elementary Mathematics to Struggling Learners through Guilford Press and the edited book Bridging the Arithmetic to Algebra Gap through the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). A popular professional developer, he works with many districts and state departments delivering over 450 workshop, conference, and video presentations on intervention delivery and mathematics. He has served as a board member consulting with several states on RTI and MTSS plans, served as a panelist on the Institute of Education Science RTI Math Practice Guide and as an invited reviewer of the National Mathematics Advisory Panel Final Report.

Witzel holds a Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Florida, an M.Ed from the University of Florida and a B.S. from James Madison University.

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