Curriculum and Instruction Faculty

Early Childhood Education

Anita Ede

Anita Ede, PhD., joined the faculty at Northeastern State University in 2006. Her research interest centers on in developing greater understanding of teacher-candidate dispositions towards children, families, and teaching and how those dispositions may impact future practice. Dr. Ede is deeply committed to empowering others to become effective and developmentally appropriate early childhood educators.

Denise Da Ros-Voseles

Denise Da Ros-Voseles, PhD is a professor in Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood. Prior to joining NSU, she was an associate professor at Youngstown State University. Her publications include the role of dispositions related to the classroom, reading, and faculty. She is the co-author of Being with Babies—Understanding and Responding to the Infants in Your Care: Best Practices for Caregivers which was translated in German.

Roxanne Fillmore

Dr. Roxanne M. Fillmore received a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education, with a minor in Child Development and Family Relations from Brigham Young University. She received a Masters of Arts from The Ohio State University in Children's Literature and minored in Reading and Language Arts. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Iowa, majoring in Early and Middle Childhood Education with a minor in Child Development, Reading and Children's Literature. She has been faculty at NSU since 1994 and is a full Professor.

Susan Patrick

Dr. Susan Patrick joined the faculty of Northeastern State University in 2016. She is a former NSU graduate from both the B.S. and M. Ed. Early Childhood Education Programs. Susan has over 25 years of experience in the field, working as a teacher, child care center director, and school principal before receiving a Ph. D. in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma. She co-authored the book Being with Infants and Toddlers and follows a research agenda in the area of teacher-child interactions in infant and toddler settings.

Elementary Education

Sherry Been

Dr. Sherry Been joined Northeastern State University in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education. She received a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. and M.S. in Education from the University of Oklahoma. She has taught public school, university courses, and professional development courses over the past 20 years. Her research interests are in the areas of Early Literacy, Early Childhood, Teacher Professional Identity, Diversity, and Teacher Advocacy.

Samantha Benn-Duke

Samantha Benn-Duke, PhD, joined the C&I faculty in January 2015. She earned her doctorate in curriculum studies from OSU. An alum with both a bachelor's and master's degree from NSU, she is the granddaughter of a student of the Cherokee National Female Seminary upon which NSU was established. She has been an educator for more than a quarter century, serving 17 of those years in public school classrooms and 7 years as an administrator. Samantha's research and passion include advocating for Native American and other minority children and more effectively meeting their learning needs. She was named the 2017 Oklahoma Indian Educator of the Year by the Oklahoma Council for Indian Education.

Linda Wilson

Dr. Linda Henshall Wilson is a Professor of Curriculum and instruction in the Elementary Education Program at Northeastern State University.  She is the proud wife, sister, sister-in-law, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter of Oklahoma educators.  Dr. Wilson taught nineteen years in public schools (grades 1-12) and has taught 39 different university courses to graduate and undergraduate students.  She was the first professor from any Teacher Education program in the state to receive the DaVinci Fellow Award from the DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma, which is Oklahoma’s Creativity Think Tank.  At the national level, Dr. Wilson was selected as a Life Guard Teaching Fellow for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.  Dr. Wilson started her studies at Tulsa Junior College the first day it opened.  She received a B.S., M. S., and Ed. D. degrees from Oklahoma State University.  Her research interests include learning styles and how movement impacts student learning and classroom behavior.


Ingrid Massey

Ingrid Ahrens Massey, EdD joined the faculty of NSU full-time in 2009 after serving as an adjunct instructor since 2005. An alum of NSU, she holds a bachelor's degree  in early childhood education, a master's degree in reading education from Oklahoma State University, and a doctorate in higher education and adult learning. Ingrid's research interests include teacher preparation in reading and early literacy. Dr. Massey is passionate about sharing her love of classroom teaching, especially working with beginning and struggling readers.

Meagan Moreland

Meagan Moreland joined the faculty at Northeastern State University in 2008. Her research interests include engagement and motivation in reading, clinical work and reading assessment. She has a passion for the reciprocal nature of reading clinics which create supportive experiences for NSU students and children and their parents.

Sarah Ramsey

Sarah Ramsey has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Oral Roberts University as well as a Masters of Education in Reading from Northeastern State University, and recently completed a doctoral degree in College and Higher Education Administration.. Dr. Ramsey is an active member of Kappa Delta Pi. She holds current Oklahoma elementary teaching and reading specialist certificates and was chosen by her colleagues as Teacher of the Year in 2006. Dr. Ramsey is a passionate about working with both future and current educators on creative and innovative ways to engage students in thinking and learning.

Stephan Sargent

After graduation from Oklahoma State University ( with a Bachelor's in Education and a minor in science education, Dr. Sargent taught public school teacher in Ponca City, Oklahoma ( While there, he taught science as well as all elementary school subjects in homeroom courses. Dr. Sargent graduated from The University of Tulsa ( with a Master's in School Guidance and Counseling. While working on a doctorate at Oklahoma State University ( in Reading/Literacy Education, Dr. Sargent taught developmental reading to adults (ranging in age from 18 to over 60). He also taught reading methods courses, study skills courses, and served as a reading specialist for an athletic team. Later, Dr. Sargent began work at Northeastern State University ( as a professor of reading methods. Currently, he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in reading/literacy methods. He also directs the Northeastern State University Reading Clinic. While teaching university courses in reading methods for current and future teachers, Dr. Sargent works closely with area schools, teaching the majority of his courses in a clinical setting. Dr. Sargent works closely with school accreditation at all levels. He is currently working with North Central's AdvancEd for PK-12 schools. Moreover, he reviews graduate reading programs for the International Reading Association (the 'SPA' for NCATE) and serves as an CAEP/NCATE reviewer for universities that prepare teachers. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sargent at

Mindy Smith

Melinda (Mindy) L. Smith, EdD., is a Professor of Reading Education. She joined the faculty of Northeastern State University in 2004. Her over 30 years in education include public school teaching and extensive experience working with primary grade struggling readers in a clinical setting. Her research interests are in the areas of Early Literacy, Motivating and Engaging Struggling Readers and Teacher Efficacy in Reading. Dr. Smith strives to provide educators with tools needed to close the reading achievement gap while instilling a love of reading in their students.

Tobi Thompson

Tobi S. Thompson, PhD and alum of NSU, joined the faculty of NSU in 2010. She serves as the director of the Northeastern State University (Tahlequah) Reading Clinic and teaches courses in reading/literacy. Her research interests include graphic novels to increase student motivation to read, improving teacher effectiveness, and rural education. Dr. Thompson is passionate about making education accessible and relevant to all children and their families.

Special Education

Jarilyn Haney

Jarilyn Haney, M. Ed., joined the faculty at Northeastern State University in 2016 as an Instructor of Special Education. She is currently completing a doctoral degree from Oklahoma State University in Professional Education Studies with a focus in Special Education. She currently holds a Master’s degree of Education in Reading and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mild/Moderate Disabilities from NSU. Her research interests include the inclusion of students with disabilities and the multi-sensory approach to literacy instruction and how this approach improves literacy skills for students with dyslexia.

Min-Chi Yan

Dr. Min-Chi Yan joined the College of Education at NSU in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Special Education. She received her Ph.D. in Special Education from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. Prior to joining NSU, she has taught older students in the alternative school setting and supervised pre-school teachers on-site teaching. Her current research interest include (a) evidence-based practices (EBP) for secondary students with emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD), learning disabilities (LD), and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), particularly in the areas of reading, transition, and social skills; (b) improving special education services for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students with disabilities; and (c) knowledge translation of EBP.

Jameie Combs

Jameie Combs joined Northeastern State University in 2003 as an adjunct lecturer teaching American Sign Language (ASL). Currently she is a full time faculty member teaching ASL course levels I-IV and Deaf Community and Career Seminar within the American Sign Language Studies Program. In the classroom she practices a total immersion method in which the use of speech is not allowed. In addition to her love of teaching, Jameie also serves as a Nationally Certified Interpreter for the Deaf. With over twenty years of professional experience Jameie holds two national certifications (CI and CT) and is a Member of the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and the Oklahoma Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. She also holds a Level V Quality Assurance Screening Evaluation by the Oklahoma State Department of Rehabilitation Services for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Jameie's experience working in the Deaf Community exposes her to varied settings and language models as well as specialized vocabulary such as Legal, Medical, Scientific, Mental Health, and Educational terminology. This active participation in the Deaf Community allows her to share current trends in the language and Deaf Culture with her students.