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Melissa Kamyab

Assistant Professor
Chair, Education
Director of Graduate Program
B.S., Elementary Education, Psychology, Moravian College
M.Ed., Reading, Lehigh University
Ed.D., Foundations of Education, Lehigh University
Curtis 228

Dr. Melissa Kamyab earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from Moravian College, as well as both her master's degree in Reading and Doctor of Education from Lehigh University. She has worked at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels and has served as a college adjunct at Lehigh University. She holds a Reading Specialist Certificate, as well as Elementary and Secondary Principal Certifications, and the Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility. Presently, Dr. Kamyab teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in educational research, literacy teaching and learning, early childhood and secondary methods, and planning for agency and understanding, while also serving as the Director of the Graduate Program for the Department. In addition, she has served as the past faculty mentor to the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society on campus.

Dr. Kamyab is a literacy advocate; an avid reader herself, and a dedicated supporter of the public library. She has organized and participated in both One Book, One School as well as One Book, One City and World Book Night events.

Dr. Kamyab was the 2021 recipient of The Celebrate Literacy Award from The Keystone State Literacy Association of Central Pennsylvania in recognition of her accomplishments to advance and promote literacy with preservice and practicing educators as well as through community outreach initiatives. The award highlighted the Education Department’s #WeRead360 Children and Young Adult Book Collection established in partnership with Cressman Library and Initially funded by a grant awarded to her through Cedar Crest College’s Inclusion and Diversity in Education Center.

"Our goal as educators is to foster a culture of learning and growth to promote agency, equity, and understanding for our students."


Ivonne Miranda

Assistant Professor
A.S., Hostos Community College B.S., Herbert H. Lehman College
M.Ed., Walden University
Ph.D., Walden University
Curtis 225

Career Highlights

Dr. Miranda has taught 21 years in urban schools in the Bronx and Allentown, of which has helped her gain a broad range of experience in working with ESL students. In her career, Dr. Miranda has provided workshops and professional learning communities in writing and STEM. She has been involved in several STEM funded projects that has provided learning opportunities for students of minority backgrounds.

Courses Taught

  • Educational psychology
  • Foundations of American Education
  • Teaching Methods in content areas
  • Courses in literacy, science, arts, and social studies
  • Student teacher practicum

Research Interest

Her research interests include: influences of early exposure of STEM; effects of teaching persona on pre-service teachers; the impact of culturally diverse writing has on student learning.


Keystone State Reading Association
International Literacy Association
Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society


“Be passionate about learning and be an innovative teacher. Use your interest to motivate students and create engaging lessons. Get involved with schools and their community, and it will help you grow and become the teacher you envision to be.”


Jill E. Purdy

B.S., Elementary Education, East Stroudsburg University
M.Ed., Reading, East Stroudsburg University
Ed.D., Reading and Language Arts, Widener University
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Career Highlights

Jill Purdy is a professor and the chair of the education department at Cedar Crest College.

Since joining the faculty at Cedar Crest in 2005, Jill researched and presented on topics in the teaching of English Language Learners, effective online teaching and mindfulness in the classroom. She teaches many courses both at the undergraduate and graduate levels on reading instruction and instructional pedagogy. Jill also works with the teachers seeking the English as a Second Language and Reading Specialist certifications. Previously, Jill was the director of the graduate program, and has served as the Chair of the department for over 5 years.

Jill taught for over 15 years in public education at the elementary and middle school levels.  She also served as a reading specialist in local school districts. After receiving her bachelor's degree, Jill began teaching in fifth grade in the Easton School District. Shortly after obtaining her master's, Jill moved to a middle level teaching position at Southern Lehigh School District, where she taught English, Reading and Social Studies. Jill's next position was as a Reading Specialist at Salisbury Middle School.

"I teach at Cedar Crest to inspire students to become enthusiastic and knowledgeable educators who have a passion for the profession."
--Jill Purdy, Ed.D., Professor/Department Chair, Education


Jill is a member of the following organizations:

  • International Reading Association
  • Keystone State Reading Association
  • Colonial Area Reading Educators


Sarah Fields

Education Department Office Manager
Coordinator of Field & Student Teaching Experience
Curtis Hall 223
Ext. 4610

Adjunct Professors

Julie Borden
Area of Expertise: Reading and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction

I am an educator for 40 years.  I enjoy reading, quilting, swimming but most of all being surrounded by my family and all my grandchildren.  I am very blessed to have everyone live nearby. I enjoy teaching and love sharing my love of teaching with preservice teachers.

Lynn Fuini-Hetten
Area of Expertise: Law & Policy in Education

Lynn Fuini-Hetten is the Superintendent in the Salisbury Township School District. Prior to her work in this position, Lynn served as Associate Superintendent, Supervisor of Instructional Practice, middle school teacher, instructional coach, instructional support teacher and assistant principal in the district. In her current role, Lynn is the key leader for all operational and educational facets of the District. In prior role, Lynn was responsible for professional learning for all staff, supporting curriculum development, supervising the district’s virtual learning academy (VAST), and managing federal programs. Lynn was been an integral part in the success of Salisbury’s 1:1 teaching and learning initiative – Teaching and Learning 2020 (TL2020). As a result of her work in the area of professional development, Salisbury Township School District was recently recognized nationally as a Project RED Signature District and an Apple Distinguished Program. Lynn received a BS and an MS in elementary education from Kutztown University, principal certification from Penn State University, instructional technology certification from Kutztown University and completed the Letter of Eligibility from Wilkes University. Lynn is currently an adjunct at Moravian University’s undergraduate, and graduate programs, Cedar Crest College's graduate program and Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit’s principal and superintendent certification programs. In May 2014 Lynn received the Wanda McDaniel Award from the Women’s Caucus of PASA (Pennsylvania’s Association of School Administrators.) She earned the PASA Award for Instructional Leadership in 2019. Lynn was former president and secretary of the PASA Women’s Caucus and currently serves as Treasurer for PASA.

Mollee Griffith
Area of Expertise: Special Education

I have taught 5 years in local schools in various high school settings. In my career, I have experience co-teaching, push in, pull out and self contained teaching. I have been involved in several district awarded grants and social and emotional initiatives. I am lucky enough to be a Cedar Crest College alum and continued my education at Lehigh University where I obtained my Masters in Educational Leadership. My biggest passion is advocating for students.

Deborah Hartman
Area of Expertise: Special Education

Deborah W. Hartman is an accomplished educator with extensive experience in special education, administration, and teacher training. With a Master of Science degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities, and the School of Administration and Foundations, Deborah has dedicated her career to serving students with diverse learning needs.

Deborah's professional journey began as a special education teacher in Junction City, Kansas, where she taught students with intellectual disabilities and learning challenges. She later joined the Allentown School District in Pennsylvania, assuming various roles such as special education teacher, educational diagnostician, Coordinator of Special Education, Assistant to the Director of Special Education, and Executive Director of Special Education.

Transitioning to higher education, Deborah joined Cedar Crest College as an adjunct instructor and eventually became a full-time senior instructor. She also served as the director of field experience and student teaching, providing invaluable guidance and support to aspiring teachers. Her passion for education and commitment to student success was evident in her role as academic advisor where she guided graduate and undergraduate students.

In addition to her work in education, Deborah has actively engaged in private consulting and advocacy. She has offered her expertise in compliance monitoring of special education programs with the PA Department of Education, program design and consulting with various school districts, and has served as an expert witness in the field of special education and school administration litigations. With a deep interest in international education, Deborah became a certified TEFL instructor and has taught English to children through online platforms. Her certifications and TOEFL and TESOL have enabled her to effectively support English language learners.

Currently residing in Connecticut, Deborah is eager to continue making a positive impact in the field of education. She holds Connecticut teaching certificates in elementary and special education and provides direct support to students with special needs in Connecticut K-8 charter schools.

Deborah continues to share extensive knowledge, dedication, and commitment to student success and promoting her passion for inclusive education. Once again, as an adjunct faculty member at Cedar Crest College, she continues to share her expertise in special education and will continue to inspire and empower both students and educators.

Donna Hibshman
Area of Expertise: Special Education

Working with students with different abilities has been my lifelong love and fervor.  I have spent 17 years in the East Penn School District working with students ranging from the pre-school years to age 21; working with each exceptionality along the way in both self-contained and general education classrooms.  From there I moved into an Educational Consultant position that allowed me to support teachers in 14 school districts, charter schools, and private schools within two counties. I then became a Special Education Facilitator with duties as state assessment coordinator for the special education programs within the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit. I became a Special Education Supervisor and worked with Autistic Support programs as well as supporting students at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute.  
Upon leaving the public school system, I was fortunate enough to fall into my dream job, working at Cedar Crest as an Adjunct Professor.  I enjoy working with pre-service teachers who are developing their skillsets to become the leaders of tomorrow's classrooms. 

Michelle Johnston
Area of Expertise: English as a Second Language Curriculum and Instruction

Adjunct Professor Michelle Johnston earned her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Kutztown University. After working for Lucent Microelectronics and Agere Systems for over seven years, she decided to return to school to major in the field of education. She graduated from DeSales University with a master’s degree in Elementary Education and her ESL certification. Professor Johnston continued her studies and earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification from Lehigh University. She also attended Cedar Crest College to complete her Reading Specialist Certification.

In addition to being an adjunct professor at Cedar Crest College, Professor Johnston is also currently an ESL Facilitator in the Allentown School District where she has supported administration, teachers, and students from several elementary and middle schools. She has been in the Allentown School District for a total of 19 years, 16 of which were as an ESL teacher, instructing ESL students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Professor Johnston believes that it is important to show students that being proficient in a second language can open a world of opportunities for them. She also feels that it is critical for teachers of EL students to be culturally responsive to the students’ needs and assist them in learning English while still acknowledging and celebrating their native ethnicity.

Kelly Rosario
Area of Expertise: Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction

Kelly Rosario has been in the education field for the past 31 years starting as an elementary classroom teacher.  She currently serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Parkland School District.  She is starting her 11th year in this position at Parkland.  Prior to joining the Parkland School District, Kelly spent 21 years serving the Allentown School District.  Kelly started as an elementary teacher, teaching grades 2 and 3 for 9 years.  Kelly taught in a multi-age co-taught inclusion classroom for 5 years and found much success with differentiating instruction and meeting students at their academic and emotional level and helping them grow to their maximum potential.  Kelly was asked to leave the classroom to help other teachers with teaching elementary mathematics.  She served as a math curriculum coordinator and math coach for 9 years.  During that time, Kelly received her master’s degree in educational leadership and received her Principal Certification.  Her last three years in Allentown, Kelly served as the Director of STEM for Allentown School District before leaving the district to join the Parkland School District.  Kelly believes that success in education stems from the relationships built in the classroom.  She is a proponent of inquiry-based education and believes that students should be actively invested in their education through hands on and minds on instruction.  Kelly has a strong grasp on best teaching practices and works with teachers to improve instruction in their classroom.  Kelly is an adjunct professor teaching undergraduate and graduate courses for Cedar Crest College.  She is grateful for the experiences and opportunities afforded to her and is passionate about doing what is in the best interest of students.