School of Education Faculty and Professional Staff

Dr. Monica Riley, Executive Director

  • Professor
  • Ph.D., Elementary Education, Minor in Reading, Mississippi State University
  • Master of Arts, Elementary Education, University of West Florida
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Southeastern University
  • Math Science Room 111A
  • Phone: 479-788-7912
  • Fax: 479-424-6912
  • Email: monica.riley@uafs.edu

Dr. Kristen Bensinger

  • Assistant Professor
  • Pd.D., Curriculum & Instruction, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • Master of Education, Secondary Education, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • Bachelor of Arts, English Literature, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • Math Science Room 321
  • Phone: 479-788-7902
  • Fax: 479-424-6902
  • Email: kristen.bensinger@uafs.edu 

Dr. April Evans, Coordinator of Elementary and Middle Level Education

  • Instructor, Reading Specialist
  • Ph.D., Reading Instruction, University of Arkansas – Little Rock
  • Master of Education, Reading with Reading Specialist Endorsement, University of Arkansas – Little Rock
  • Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • Middle School Endorsement in Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies Grades 4-8
  • Reading/Literacy Coach Certification, University of Arkansas – Little Rock
  • National Board Certified – Literacy: Reading-Language Arts for Early and Middle Childhood
  • Math Science 108D
  • Phone: 479-788-7904
  • Fax: 479-424-6904
  • Email: april.evans@uafs.edu

Ronnette Haynes, Coaching/Outreach Coordinator of Early Childhood Professional Development

  • Instructor/Advisor, Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Arts, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education
  • Echols Building Room 113E
  • Phone: 479-788-7605
  • Fax: 479-424-6605
  • Email: ronnette.haynes@uafs.edu

Dr. Shelli Henehan, Coordinator of Assessment/Director of Early Childhood Education

  • Associate Professor
  • Ed.D., Workforce Development, specializing in Adult Education, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
  • Master of Education, Elementary Education, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
  • Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education K-6, Arkansas Tech University
  • Math Science 312C
  • Phone: Coordinator of Assessment 479-788-7965
  • Phone: Director of Early Childhood Preschool Program 479-788-7917
  • Fax: 479-424-6965
  • Email: shelli.henehan@uafs.edu

Dr. Cheryl Lehman

  • Assistant Professor

  • Ed.D., Teaching and Learning, Walden University

  • Master of Education, Vocational Education, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville

  • Math Science Room 317

  • Phone: 479-788-7943

  • Fax: 479-424-6943

  • Email: cheryl.lehman@uafs.edu

Dr. Michael O’Connor

  • Associate Professor, Special Education
  • Ph.D., Special Education, University of Kansas
  • Master of Education, Education, Louisiana State University- Shreveport
  • Bachelor of Science, Special Education and Secondary English Education, Louisiana State University- Shreveport
  • Math Science Room 319
  • Phone: 479-788-7919
  • Fax: 479-424-6919
  • Email: michael.oconnor@uafs.edu 

Ginger Osburn, Coordinator of Teacher Licensure and Field Placement

  • Assistant Professor

  • Master of Science, Early Childhood Education, Northeastern State University

  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education/Business, Northeastern State University

  • Specialist, Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood Generalist, Northeastern State University

  • National Board Certified

  • Math Science 108D

  • Phone: 479-788-7259

  • Fax: 479-424-6259

  • Email: ginger.osburn@uafs.edu

Dr. Donna Scoggins

  • Assistant Professor
  • Ed.D., Higher Education, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • Master of Education, with emphasis in Science Education, University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education with an endorsement in Middle Level, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
  • Math Science Room 108C
  • Phone: 479-788-7534
  • Fax: 479-424-6534
  • Email: donna.scoggins@uafs.edu 

Dr. Lois Yocum, Coordinator of Secondary Education

  • Associate Professor

  • Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Iowa State University

  • Master of Science, Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Iowa State University

  • Bachelor of Arts, English Language Arts Education, Buena Vista University

  • National Board Certified

  • Math Science 323

  • Phone: 479-788-7916

  • Fax: 479-424-6916

  • Email: lois.yocum@uafs.edu

Western Arkansas Education Renewal Zone and UAFS STEM Education Center

 

Roberta Parks, Interim Executive Director of Western Arkansas Education Renewal Zone and the UAFS STEM Education Center

  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Echols 108
  • Phone: 479-788-7256
  • Fax: 479-424-6256
  • Email: roberta.parks@uafs.edu

Professional Staff

Melanie Racy, Administrative Analyst/Praxis Advisor

  • Administrative Analyst
  • Praxis Advisor
  • Math Science Room 111
  • Phone: 479-788-7901
  • Fax: 479-424-6901
  • Email: melanie.racy@uafs.edu

Kimberly Taylor, Jumpstart Coordinator

  • Jumpstart Coordinator for the School of Education
  • Master of Business Administration, emphasis in Leadership and Ethics, John Brown University
  • Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • Math Science 312B
  • Phone: 479-788-7962
  • Fax: 479-424-6962
  • Email: kimberly.taylor@uafs.edu

Sheri Young, Early Childhood Program Coordinator

  • Program Coordinator
  • Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies, Western Governors University
  • Associate of Science in Management/Marketing, Eastern Oklahoma State College
  • Echols Building Room 110
  • Phone: 479-788-7249
  • Fax: 479-424-6249
  • Email: sheri.young@uafs.edu

 Charlene Polk

  • Administrative Specialist, Office of Executive Director
  • Math Science Room 111
  • Phone: Office of the Executive Director 479-788-7908
  • Phone: Teacher Licensure and Field Experiences 479-788-7941
  • Fax: 479-424-6908
  • Email: charlene.polk@uafs.edu

Catherine Brantley

  • Administrative Specialist, Teacher Licensure and Field Placement
  • Math Science Room 108
  • Phone: Teacher Licensure and Field Experiences 479-788-7941
  • Fax: 479-424-6941
  • Email: catherine.brantley@uafs.edu

Laura Harper

  • Administrative Specialist, Office of Teacher Education and Advising Center
  • Math Science Room 108
  • Phone: Office of Teacher Education 479-788-7900
  • Phone: Teacher Licensure and Field Experiences 479-788-7941
  • Fax: 479-424-6900
  • Email: laura.harper@uafs.edu