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Skidmore College
Education Studies

Faculty

Chair of the Department of Education Studies:   Hope Casto

Associate Professor: Hope Casto

Assistant Professor: Jessica Somerville-Braun

Accreditation Officer and Teaching Professor: Virginia Lee

Lecturer and Director of Skidmore Early Childhood Center: Mary Ellen Towne

Lecturer: Laura Ficarra

Field Placement Coordinator, Certification Officer, and Teaching Professor: Jay Meeks

Student Teaching Supervisors: Jay Meeks, Kenneth Sider, Michelle Mazur, Kelly Cooke

Early Childhood Center Teachers: Krista Reinhart, Mary Ellen Towne, Tricia Wadsworth

Hope Casto 

Hope Casto

Department Chair and Associate Professor for Education Studies

Office: Palamountain Hall 216
Phone: 518-580-5149
Email: hcasto@skidmore.edu

 
Laura Ficarra 

laura r. ficarra

Lecturer in Education Studies

Office: Palamountain Hall 218
Phone: 518-580-5472
Email: lficarra@skidmore.edu

 
Virginia Rich Lee 

Virginia Rich Lee

Visiting Assistant Professor and Accreditation Officer, Education Studies

Office: Palamountain Hall 220
Phone: 518-580-5148
Email: vlee@skidmore.edu

 
Jay Meeks 

Jay Meeks

Visiting Assistant Professor, Field Placement Coordinator, Certification Officer

Office: Palamountain Hall 219
Phone: 518-580-5142
Email: jmeeks@skidmore.edu

 
 
Kenneth Sider

kenneth sider

Visiting Assistant Professor in Education Studies

Office: Palamountain Hall 214
Phone: 518-580-5145
Email: ksider@skidmore.edu

Jessica Somerille Braun 

jessica somerville-braun

Assistant Professor in Education Studies

Office: Palamountain Hall 218
Phone: 518-580-5472
Email: jsomervi@skidmore.edu

 
Mary Ellen Towne

MARY ELLEN TOWNE

Lecturer in Education Studies and Director of Skidmore Early Childhood Center

Office: Palamountain Hall 215
Phone: 518-580-5273
Email: mtowne@skidmore.edu