Kelly Mead began her career in Education by studying at the University of Maine. At the University, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development, her Master of Education degree in Elementary Guidance and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Elementary Guidance. Kelly's years of working within the public elementary school system gives her a wealth of knowledge and patience. Kelly worked as a kindergarten, first grade and second grade teacher within the Bangor and Brewer school systems before coming to Husson.
Kelly is a team player and loves to learn as much as she loves to teach. She has served on a number of education committees, has continued to earn numerous certifications and endorsements and has been a mentor to college students. Kelly is also an award winning educator. Winning both the honor of being the Wal-mart - Phi Delta Kappa, Bangor, Teacher of the Year, 2002 and the Wal-mart - Phi Delta Kappa, State of Maine, Teacher of the Year, 2002.
After having taught in public school classrooms for almost thirty years, I am thrilled to join the School of Education at Husson University. When I made the decision to change levels, one of my former young students reminded me that I would still be a teacher, but it would be with "big kids" who were learning to do exactly what I did with him. He said that would make me a teacher's teacher. He asked what I would teach the big kids. I told him that I hoped it would be the same things I shared with him - that learning is fascinating and fun, that being a creative and critical thinker is important to becoming a good problem-solver, that being responsible and respectful are needed to build a community, and that treating others with TLC makes life happier and richer.
I look forward to this new adventure and trust that it will be stimulating and rewarding. My goal as a teacher's teacher is to ensure that our School of Education Teacher Education Program prepares competent, reflective future educators ready for the exciting challenges that await them!
Moody, Barbara, M.Ed.
Director of Teacher Education, School of Education
Barbara brings a diverse background to the School of Education. With a career spanning 26 years in education, she has been a special education teacher, teacher leader, educational evaluator, and founder and director of a private middle school. Having served as the Title II Coordinator for the Maine Department of Education from 2004 – 2011, Barbara has provided state-wide leadership and training in the areas of teacher effectiveness, professional learning and Response to Intervention. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and her Master’s in Education from the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Barbara is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at the University of Maine. She is actively involved in national and regional education organizations and is currently the President of Learning Forward New England, the regional affiliate of Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council). Barbara continues to serve on a number of task forces and stakeholders groups at the Maine Department of Education, representing and advocating for higher education.
Having raised four children, Barbara and her husband, Stan, are newly experiencing the “empty nest” and eagerly pursuing their shared interest in social justice activities, most currently in the area of prison re-entry and support for families of prisoners. Barbara is an avid amateur musician, regularly playing the viola in a number of small ensembles, and singing in choruses.
We stand at the cusp of unprecedented change in our society and in all of its institutions. Education is by far the most influential institution in our country and in the world since it is affecting all of our citizens for better or worse. I am excited to be a part of the educational community in these times. We have great challenges but that means great opportunity. If we are going to prepare our young adults to be prosperous and contributing members of a global society we must respond to these technological, societal and economic changes by adapting how we educate and examining the role of higher education in the 21st century. As we work toward more equitable opportunities for all of our nation’s young adults, it is my hope that we can both transform higher education to meet the needs of a changing society and preserve the rigor and integrity of a program that will produce graduates who will be critical thinkers, collaborative workers, and competent, caring citizens.