Meet Your ICCTE Board Members
The purposes of ICCTE are to:
- Promote communication and encouragement among Christian teacher educators;
- Promote research-based and theoretically informed conversation about a range of topics related to the preparation of educators; and
- Promote broader awareness of the importance and value of Christian thought and practice in relation to the broad field of education
Ken Pudlas – President (2016-2018)
Ken is a Professor in the School of Education at Trinity Western University where he has served since 1990. He is the lead developer and Director of the MA in Educational Studies – Special Education (MAES-SPED). Prior to TWU, Ken was a faculty member at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Ken began his teaching career in the public school system in British Columbia, teaching deaf students in both elementary and secondary schools.
Ken’s doctorate is in Educational Psychology and Special Education. While his vocation is to teach his scholarly research and passion are in the area of special education and the building of inclusive communities, and he believes (and tries to instill in future teachers) that the Body ought to be exemplars of full inclusion. Ken has been involved with ICCTE since its inception at the first meeting in Chicago.
Janet Arndt – President Elect (2016-2018, will serve as President 2018-2020)
Janet Arndt, an associate professor at Gordon College, serves as Director of Graduate Education & Licensure. She has been affiliated with ICCTE since 2002 and in 2008 became a member of the Board. Janet’s research interests include transitions, early childhood/special education, Universal Design for Learning, and Action Research. Janet enjoys involvement in ICCTE, because it provides an opportunity to collaborate with fellow Christians who are professors focused on issues in education.
Linda Samek – Treasurer (2014-2018)
Linda Samek is currently the Provost at George Fox University. She served as Dean of the School of Education from 2008 until May 2013. Linda is interested in mathematics education and international initiatives. She is part of a grant team developing online resources and mobile applications for algebra teachers. Linda also enjoys international travel and work and makes two trips to China each year to do teacher and administrator training. Linda attended the very first “ICCTE” meeting in Chicago and has remained connected with the community. She loves watching it grow and impact educator preparation around the world.
Catherine Wasson – Secretary (2014-2018)
Catherine is a professor in the Graduate Teacher Education Department at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. As a former Director of the School Executive Management Institute in the Mississippi Department of Education, she oversaw the design and delivery of initial and continuing education for administrators and school board members and facilitated the redesign of administrator preparation programs. She served as Director of Graduate Teacher Education from 1999-2002. Dedicated to supporting practitioners in becoming servant leaders, her current teaching responsibilities include graduate coursework in curriculum, assessment, educational research, and instructional leadership. Catherine serves on the board of the Millsaps Principals’ Institute as the college/university representative and has been involved with ICCTE since 2006 as a member of the steering committee and the board.
Stephen P. Metcalfe, Ph. D. – At-Large Board Member (2014-2018)
Steve is currently a Professor of Education at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and has served in this position since 2006. He taught six years in masters programs at MVNU, and since Fall 2012 has worked full time with undergraduates. He teaches courses ranging from philosophical, to developmental, to moderate special needs. Prior to this work Steve worked with at-risk students in an alternative setting in the Boston area. Steve has interests in developing teacher education candidates for meaningful action both in and out of the classroom. He has research interests in topics relating to marginalized student groups, particularly at-risk students and students from poverty. Steve also is a musician (guitar/bass).
Steve’s introduction to ICCTE was in 2012 when the conference was held at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. He has remained connected with the community since then, fostering special interest conversations relating to his research interests. He is enthusiastic about engaging Christian Teacher Educators.
Nancy Cherry – Member At-Large (2014-2018)
Nancy Cherry is currently serving as a Professor of Education at Union University. As a former classroom teacher for fifteen years in public school, she now teaches in the undergraduate teacher education program, as well as graduate programs. Nancy has been teaching in higher education for eleven years and currently serves as the Director of Graduate Programs for the Jackson, Tennessee campus. Her current teaching responsibilities include coursework related to Literacy in Diverse Classrooms, Curriculum and Instruction, and Leading the Learning Environment. She is dedicated to transformational teaching designed to change the learner academically, socially, and spiritually. Nancy attended her first ICCTE meeting in California as a workshop presenter and has remained connected with the community. Nancy looks forward to becoming more involved with the community to collaborate on current issues and trends in Christian higher education within a worldview context.
Annette Ford – At-Large Board Member representing International interests (2014-2018)
Annette is a University of Toronto/OISE PhD student in Curriculum and Teacher Development. She is specializing in Comparative, International, and Development Education. Her research interests include mentoring in education, teacher and student communities of learning, and comparative international education. Having grown up in India, Italy, Germany, the U.S. and Canada, and having worked as a teacher and church educator 4 years in Canada, 11 years in Hungary and 7 years in Kazakhstan, she brings a strong international perspective to ICCTE. As an at-large board member her vision is to connect with teacher educators who focus on training teachers in countries outside North America and to work toward seeing national Christian teacher educators from many countries join the ICCTE community. Her desire is, like David, to shepherd with integrity of heart and to guide with skillful hands (Psalm 78:72).
Bill Boerman-Cornell, Ph.D – 2016 Conference Convener (Ex-officio Board member)
Bill is an Associate Professor at Trinity Christian College in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois where he teaches courses in literacy, children’s literature, and fine arts in the classroom. His research interests include high school literacy within the disciplines and the affordances and constraints of using graphic novels in high school teaching. He has also been involved in initiatives encouraging Christian arts-based urban education.
Bill’s first ICCTE Conference was at Azusa Pacific University in 2012. He enjoyed the collegiality and interest in collaboration and is excited that Trinity has been chosen to host the conference in 2016.
Danna Kennamer Pemberton – 2018 Conference Converner (Ex-Officio Board Member)
Dana Kennamer Pemberton, Ph.D. is chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Abilene Christian University and teaches courses in early childhood education. Dana has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences on topics related to children’s spiritual development and nurture. Her publications include Along the Way: Conversations about Children and faith (2015) I Will Change Your Name: Messages from the Father to a Heart Broken by Divorce (2006) and Let All the Children Come to Me: A Practical Guide Including Children with Disabilities Is Your Church’s Ministry (2008).
Susanna Steeg – ICCTE Journal Editor (Ex-officio Board Member)
Susanna Steeg joined the faculty at George Fox University in 2011. She moved from Arizona, where she taught reading methods, literacy assessment, teaching writing in the elementary classroom, and other reading specialist courses at Arizona State University.
Susanna gained experience as an elementary teacher across several elementary schools in the Mesa Public Schools, teaching second and fourth grades. She also taught internationally in Bangkok, Thailand. Susanna holds both a PhD (2011) and an MEd (2007) in Curriculum and Instruction, Language & Literacy from Arizona State University. She finds great joy in working alongside teachers and students in creative course offerings, especially those fostering multi-age connections in inquiry-oriented literacy work.
Christina Belcher – Member At-Large (2016-2020)
Christina serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. Previously, she has served in Higher Education at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C., and education faculties in Australia and New Zealand. Her teaching and research interests include worldview, higher education and children’s literature. She has been involved in ICCTE since 2000 and served as the associate editor of the ICCTE Journal prior to assuming the editorship in 2010. She is a confessed ‘bookaholic’ and loves to read! Christina considers working with ICCTE to be an honor, joy and privilege as part of the quest to bring the biblical virtues of wonder, truth, justice and reconciliation into the Educational landscape.
Al Boerema – Past-President (2016-2018)
Al teaches in the undergraduate teacher education program and the graduate educational leadership program at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he has been a faculty member since 2005. Previously he has served as a high school principal in British Columbia. His attention is divided between nurturing the development of teacher candidates for classroom service, and working with aspiring and practicing school leaders as they develop their leaderly dispositions and skills to participate in the creation of enabling educational environments. Al has been involved with ICCTE since 2007, serving on the steering committee and a member of the first board.