MA in Education, Harrisonburg


Sarah Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong is Director of the Masters of Arts in Education program at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where she teaches graduate courses on applications of brain research in the K-12 classroom K-12 and oversees programs on Restorative Justice in Education. Prior to that role, she was Senior Director of Statewide Professional Development for SCPS at the University of Virginia where she directed a statewide leadership development program for new and emerging principals.

Dr. Armstrong’s wide-range of experience as an educator includes serving as a reading specialist, supervisor of gifted and reading, elementary principal and assistant superintendent. Sarah served as president of the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD). She was recipient of the VASCD 2001 Outstanding Curriculum Leadership Award for the state of Virginia.

Sarah is also president of Leading and Learning Solutions, serving as a consultant on instructional improvement, including the application of brain research, effective differentiation in the classroom, and implementation of collaborative content/special education programs in schools. She conducts workshops at national and state conferences and works regularly coaching administrators and teachers in school districts across the country.

Her books, Teaching Smarter with the Brain in Focus (2008) and A Practical Guide to Tiering Instruction in the Differentiated Classroom (2010), both published by Scholastic are frequently used in workshop presentations.

Contact Information:

Sarah Armstrong
270 Sawmill Creek Drive
Nellysford, VA 22958

Kathy Evans
Assistant Professor

Katherine Evans has been an Assistant Professor of Education at EMU since 2011. She teaches courses in special education and educational theory and is particularly interested in school and classroom climates, school discipline procedures, and the ways in which restorative justice is applied to educational contexts. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where her dissertation research employed phenomenological interviews with middle school students about their experiences with in-school suspension. Prior to graduate school, Evans was a middle and high school special educator for students identified as having learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges. Her research, teaching, and scholarship focus on ways in which teachers participate in creating more just and equitable educational opportunities for all students, including those with disability labels, those who exhibit challenging behavior, and those who are marginalized for a variety of reasons.

While at EMU, Evans has been active in furthering the field of Restorative Justice in Education (RJE) both through scholarship and teaching and by working collaboratively with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding to develop an interdisciplinary concentration in RJE within the current Masters in Education degree program. Beginning in the Fall of 2014, the EMU Education Department began offering both a concentration and a certificate in RJE. For more information, please refer to the website:

Evans has published several articles and book chapters related to zero tolerance policies, restorative justice, and school discipline practices and regularly presents at professional conferences. She is a member of several professional organizations including the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice, the American Educational Research Association, and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. In addition, she serves on the board for the Virginia Alliance for Restorative Justice Practitioners.

Tracy Hough
Assistant Professor

Tracy Hough, assistant professor in teacher education. Tracy earned a BA in liberal studies from University of California, Santa Barbara with teacher credentialing PreK-8 and a M.A. in Education from Eastern Mennonite University. She is currently working on her PhD. in Reading at the Curry School of Education, UVA. Her research interests focus on global literacy and supporting teachers in Lesotho, Africa improve their reading instruction. She teaches in our graduate and undergraduate programs focusing on literacy. She is also our PK-3 coordinator. Her previous teaching experiences include being a Title I Reading Specialist for grades K through 5 as well as a regular elementary teacher in grades K through 6. She has taught not only in Virginia, but California, Oregon, Nevada, and Rhode Island. Tracy holds professional membership in the International Reading Association and the Shenandoah Valley Reading Council where she is coordinator for the Young Author’s Celebration.

Lori Leaman

Lori Hostetler Leaman, Associate Professor in Teacher Education. Lori earned a BS in Special Education with a minor in psychology from Eastern Mennonite University, a Master of Education in Secondary School Administration from James Madison University, and an Ed D in Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University with an emphasis on faculty and student learning. Lori has 14 years of teaching and school administration experience in rural, urban, and international settings. Lori served as a teacher and then as Middle School Principal for 11 years in Nairobi, Kenya at Rosslyn Academy, an international Christian school with at least 32 ethnicities and a diversity of world religions. Lori’s scholarly research interests and publications include differentiation of instruction for diverse learning and cultural needs, co-teaching, teacher/professor efficacy, formative assessment, and the distinctive characteristics of an Anabaptist pedagogy. In addition, she is also involved in an inter-departmental collaborative research study with EMU’s chemistry and biology departments funded by an NSF grant, to assist in the development of several assessment tools for collegiate student learning. She has numerous professional presentations and holds membership in the Council for Exceptional Children, National Association for Multicultural Education, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. Lori serves as the Coordinator of Special Education, Waynesboro M.A. Education Cohort Administrator, and as Assessment Coordinator for the department. Lori thoroughly enjoys her interactions with students and “assisting students and teachers in discovering and strengthening their gifts and faith for serving Christ in this increasingly interconnected world.”

Beth Lehman
Assistant Professor

Beth Lehman is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. She earned her PhD in Literacy, Culture and Language Education at Indiana University, an MA in English Education at Indiana University, and an MA in English at Butler University. Beth’s past work in education includes teaching middle school language arts, middle school literacy coaching, consulting in the teaching of writing, and working within urban high school reform as a teaching and learning coach. Participation in the Hoosier Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, deeply influenced Beth’s professional concerns. Additionally, Beth’s work with equity-focused urban school reform impacts her educational priorities. Beth’s research and teaching interests include: the teaching of writing and critical literacy, the development of teacher identities and teacher discourses, and the roles of narrative in school reform and educational research. Beth enjoys teaching, learning and researching within and across educational settings as a means for building partnerships, exploring multiple meanings, and seeking equity and inclusion within richly diverse learning communities.

Judy Mullet

Judy Mullet received her Ph.D. from Kent State University, where her dissertation work focused on context-motivated, conflict strategy choices of middle school students with learning disabilities. She was a school psychologist before coming to EMU, and has authored and co-authored recent publications on restorative discipline and harmful teacher behaviors. A member of the faculty since 1986, Dr. Mullet specializes in restorative discipline in schools, conducting workshops across the USA.

Cathy Smeltzer Erb

Cathy Smeltzer Erb is chair of the undergraduate teacher education program and professor of teacher education. Cathy earned a Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching, and learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), a M.Ed. in education from OISE/UT, and a B.S. in vocational home economics education from EMU. Her dissertation explored the emotional dimension of beginning teachers’ work within a secondary school context. Cathy spent over 15 years as a family studies teacher and guidance counselor in middle/secondary schools and adult education prior to research and teaching in higher education. She has presented at national and international conferences. Her published and continued research interests include autoethnography and personal narrative, emotions, beginning teachers, teacher development, equitable instruction, and action research. Cathy received the AILACTE Scholar Award in 2004.

Adjunct Faculty


Yvonne Martin
Office Assistant
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