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Secondary Dual Educator Program - Faculty

Cohort leaders

Sue Bert, MS,
is a course instructor and cohort leader within the special education department at the Graduate School of Education. She teaches courses focused on professional collaboration and consultation among general education and special education teachers. Her areas of expertise include transition, person-centered planning, team facilitation, and collaborative teaching in secondary schools. Ms. Bert co-leads this program cohort with Barbara Ruben.

Anita Bright, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. With over 20 years of experience in public school education, she has taught at all levels (preschool, elementary, middle and high school) and is a National Board Certified Teacher in Early Adolescent Mathematics. Focusing on language, culture, and mathematics education, Dr. Bright examines the ways power is distributed within education and as such, frames her work as a co-learner with students. She received her doctorate in multicultural/multilingual education in 2009.

Randy DePry, PhD, is a professor and chair for the Department of Special Education at PSU. His primary research interest is in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS), including work in social skills instruction, functional behavioral assessment, and systemic change models in schools. 

Ann Fullerton, PhD, is a professor and teaches instructional methods and assessment courses in special education. Dr. Fullerton's interests include transition, self-determination, students with autism, and recreation for students with disabilities.

Tiffany Jones, MS, is a full-time instructor for Portland State University. She holds two teaching licenses and has been teaching students and providing mentoring and behavior consultation to teachers in elementary and special education settings since 1987. She earned her bachelors degree from Warner Pacific College and her masters in special education from Portland State. Ms. Jones teaches literacy courses and leads part-time cohorts through the licensure process, as well as supervises students during their practicum and student teaching experiences.

Barbara Ruben, EdD, has worked with preservice teachers in the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP) at Portland State University. She started teaching sixth grade in Portland Public Schools in 1980 and has taught every grade from kindergarten through eighth. Her doctoral work examined whether a teacher education program can influence the development of teachers as change agents. Dr. Ruben co-leads this program cohort with Sue Bert.