Dr. Mandy Capel Named MAEL Program Director

April 15, 2016

Mandy Capel MAEL ProgramALLIANCE, Ohio - We are pleased to announce that Dr. Mandy Geddis-Capel, associate professor of education will assume the role of program director beginning June 1, 2016. Capel has been with the program since 2012 and has played an integral role in its development and successes throughout the past five years.

Dr. Thomas Gannon, professor of education and current director of the MAEL program, will be stepping down from his position at the University of Mount Union effective May 31. We are grateful for his leadership as the inaugural director and wish him well as he explores new opportunities in his retirement.

During Dr. Gannon’s five years as the director, the MAEL Program, its students and its alumni have achieved much success. The Ohio Board of Regents (OBR) and the Higher Learning Commission officially approved Mount Union’s MAEL Program. The University has also received OBR approval to offer the Ohio Principal's License (PreK-6, 4-9 and 5-12) and the Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development (CIPD) License. The MAEL program is preparing to successfully graduate its third cohort this summer.

The Ohio Principal’s Licensure allows students to pursue a career as a: Principal, head or division head of a school for independent schools, teacher leader, department head, grade level team leader or leadership position at any non-profit organization. The CIPD allows students to: work in a central office or supervisory capacity, become a successful curriculum director and effectively lead teachers in professional development.

Capel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education degree from, what was then, Mount Union College, a Master of Arts in General Education from Marygrove College and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Kent State University. She was also the 2014 recipient of the university’s Great Teacher Award.

She has research interests in democratic education, creativity, leadership, environmental literacy, philosophy for children and early childhood education. Her classrooms are inquiry-based learning environments that challenge students to engage in deep and continuing dialogue about education

We look forward to this exciting time in the history for the MAEL program.  We have the utmost confidence in Dr. Capel’s ability to lead the MAEL Program and position it for an even more successful future. Her commitment to the program and its students is undeniable, and she has developed a keen understanding of the institution, the program and its partners during her five years in the department. We look forward to a smooth transition and all that the program will accomplish under Dr. Capel’s very capable leadership.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (330) 823-2690.

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