You will be taught by experts in their fields; faculty who are knowledgeable and passionate about the art and science of teaching as well as the content of their area.

Most importantly, our faculty care about each of you, developing personal relationships and frequent interactions that start from the time we meet. Our mission is to help you become a leader in learning, an educator who makes a difference. In your specialized program of study, your courses are focused on engaged, experiential learning. Small class sizes enable you to actively participate as well as establish personal connections with the faculty and your peers.

You might also work with a faculty member in an Honor’s Research project, volunteer in education and campus organizations, study abroad for a semester, and/or participate in our annual department study trip to another country.

Dr. Patti Jones

Director of Education Department
Elementary and Early Childhood Coordinator
Associate Professor of Education
B.S. University of North Carolina
M.S. Tennessee Technological University
Ed.S. Tennessee Technological University
Ed.D. Tennessee State University
Office:  HP 422, ext 8369
pljones@presby.edu

Moving to PC from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Patti Jones holds an Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University in Nashville. She taught kindergarten, fifth, and 7thgrade language arts in Tennessee, and also worked 7 years as an elementary principal before moving to higher education.  She is a curriculum specialist and loves to write and work with new programming options to help teacher candidates as well as in-service teachers in the local community.

Before coming to PC, Dr. Jones worked as the Director of Accreditation for the Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University.  She worked with the department on accreditation and programmatic issues, and provided accreditation assistance to the campus at large. Prior to that, she served for ten years as the Associate Dean of Behavioral Science at Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens, TN, and directed the Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice departments.

She has been published in several peer reviewed journals, and has presented at conferences in Oxford, England and Salzburg, Austria.

Her hobbies include baking, hiking, golf and crafting.

Dr. Julia Wilkins

Middle Level and Secondary Education Coordinator
Associate Professor of Education
B.Sc., Swansea University
M.Sc., Bristol University
M.S., D’Youville College
M.Ed., Clemson University
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo
Office:  HP 435, ext 8279
jwilkins@presby.edu

Originally from London, England, Julia Wilkins holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She taught middle and high school students in Buffalo, NY, where she earned an M.S. in Special Education. She recently earned her third master’s degree, an M.Ed. in Literacy from Clemson University.

Prior to coming to PC, Dr. Wilkins was a research associate at the National Dropout Prevention  Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD) at Clemson University. In addition to  conducting research reviews on dropout prevention, she provided technical assistance to state  and local education agencies on implementing evidence-based school completion practices.

Dr. Wilkins has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, her most recent articles focusing on successful dropout prevention initiatives, reengaging school dropouts with  emotional and behavioral disorders, and strategies for developing literacy-focused family-school  partnerships. In addition to numerous state and national conferences, Dr. Wilkins has presented at international conferences in Spain, Portugal, and Bulgaria.

Julia Wilkins is the author of Group Activities to Include Students with Special Needs, published  by Corwin Press, and co-author of two other activity books for teachers.

In her spare time, Dr. Wilkins enjoys traveling, watching documentaries, taking nature photos,  and playing with her dogs.

Ms. Nancy Tumblin

Administrative Assistant
B.S., Southern Wesleyan University
M.S., University of Phoenix
Minor, Southern Wesleyan University
Minor, Southern Wesleyan University
Office:  HP 434, ext 8997
nltumblin@presby.edu

Before becoming the Administrative Assistant for the Education Department at PC Ms. Tumblin worked at Piedmont Technical College (Laurens Campus) as the LRC Library Assistant, as an Advisor, and eventually as the evening Front Desk Receptionist. She also worked for Laurens School District 56 as a Shadow, Instructional Aide for the school district’s SMART program, and was a substitute teacher as well.

Ms. Tumblin has also worked with young children that range from ages infant to 5 years of age who have different learning and behavioral capabilities. She has worked within a church nursery setting as well as a daycare setting for up to 15 years combined.

Awards:
Lieutenant Governor’s Writing Award 1999
Outstanding Vocal Performance Award 2001 (1st Soprano)

 

Hobbies: Musical Theatre, Singing, Playing Piano, Shopping, and Watching Movies