Office of the Dean

Welcome to the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Portland State University (PSU). Located in downtown Portland, PSU is Oregon’s premier urban research university with a vision to “let knowledge serve the city.”  The GSE is proud of our reputation as the largest, most comprehensive, and most innovative school of education in the State of Oregon. Our mission is to prepare students to advance lifelong learning in diverse learning environments, including schools, postsecondary institutions, community organizations, and social service and health agencies.  We achieve our mission through fostering strong partnerships with schools and community agencies throughout the state.

The GSE is a professional learning community committed to engaging in individual and program assessment activities that lead to continuous program improvement. Our distinctive equity-focused professional preparation programs are all nationally accredited. Our teacher education and educational administration programs, for example, are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The GSE is the first educator preparation program in Oregon, the first on the West Coast, and one of the first 10 in the nation to be fully accredited by CAEP. Our counselor education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). In addition, our early childhood programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our interdisciplinary doctoral program enjoys a strong partnership with the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) and has been recognized nationally for leading efforts to use improvement science as a tool for continuous improvement.

The GSE’s programs, policies, and practices advance and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our programs also enjoy the distinction of being the most ethnically and racially diverse programs in the state. We house the Portland Teachers Program,  a unique program designed to recruit and retain students of color who want to become teachers. We are also home to the Bilingual Teacher Pathways program, which won the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Global Diversity Award, and the American Indian Teacher Program, which provides full funding for successive cohorts of Native American students.

Our diverse faculty are outstanding researchers who care deeply about schools and communities. The GSE is nationally recognized for advancing equity and excellence in education through engaged research activities and culturally responsive and innovative professional preparation programs that prepare students to become critically engaged global citizens. That is why you should consider Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education!

Staff Member Position and Bio

Dr. Marvin Lynn
FAB 210H


Prior to coming to PSU, Dr. Lynn served as Dean of the School of Education at Indiana University South Bend from 2013-2017. Prior to that, he served as Associate Dean for Teacher Education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, Affiliate Faculty member in African American studies and Director of graduate and undergraduate elementary teacher preparation programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago; and Assistant and Associate Professor of Minority & Urban Education—a graduate program he founded and coordinated at the University of Maryland at College Park. He also worked for several years as an elementary and middle school teacher in Chicago and New York City.

Dr. Lynn is an internationally recognized expert on race and education. He is the lead editor of the Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education published simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. with Routledge Press. He serves as an editorial board member of several journals, and has published more than two-dozen research articles and book chapters in reputable outlets.

He earned his PhD in Social Sciences and Education with a concentration in race and ethnic studies in education from the University of California at Los Angeles, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching with an emphasis on Urban Education from Teachers College-Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in music and language arts from DePaul University in Chicago.

Tina Anctil Tina Anctil 
FAB 210J
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Tina Anctil, PhD, CRC, LPC, is an associate professor and chair of the Counselor Education Department. She is also the program coordinator for the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program. She obtained her PhD in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is co-principal Investigator on a long-term training grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration. She teaches courses in Rehabilitation Counseling, as well as general counselor education courses.
David Bikman 
FAB 201-17
Field Placement Administrator
David Bikman is the Field Placement Administrator for the Graduate School of Education. He manages all field placement data, administers the tuition voucher, honoraria, and travel reimbursement programs for cooperating teachers and university supervisors, and serves as HR backup for the Dean's Office. David grew up in Portland and earned his BS in economics from Portland State University.
  Lindsey Freer
FAB 270B
Instructional Technology Services Manager
Lindsey Freer is the manager of Technology Services in the GSE (formerly known as the MISL). She has a master’s in English from City University of New York, where she is also working toward a PhD. She has taught for both public and private colleges on the East Coast. She most recently worked for the University of Oregon in Eugene, where she was the program manager in the Instructional Technology Referral Office. She has a wealth of experience in both teaching and creating online instruction, especially working with faculty on technology tribulations.
Gabe Hunter-Bernstein Gabe Hunter-Bernstein
FAB 210C
School Partnership Director
Gabe Hunter-Bernstein is the School Partnership Director. He was an elementary teacher for over 16 years before moving to professional development for teachers, directing a teacher education program, and administering several programs at the community college level involving partnerships among k-12 school districts, colleges and universities, and community agencies. He received his bachelor’s degree in early childhood/elementary education from Boston University and his master’s degree in curriculum from CSU Dominguez Hills.
Penny Jasso Penny Jasso
FAB 210-15
Field Placement Coordinator

Penny Jasso has served as the GSE Field Placement Coordinator since 2002. Prior to that she worked in the Beaverton School District with the Art Literacy Program for 15 years, and at Conestoga Middle School for one year.

Victoria Lukich Victoria Lukich
FAB 210C
Director, Center for Student Success

Victoria Lukich has a rich and varied background in K-12 education spanning 36 years. Her experience has been as a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, a school improvement coordinator, assistant principal, and principal. In addition, Dr. Lukich served as a district-level administrator overseeing and supporting high schools and option schools in a large school district. She has worked for the U.S. Department of Education conducting program evaluations of secondary schools throughout the U.S. Her work in four different districts at the school and district levels, in addition to work with the USDOE, provide her with extensive experience in curriculum development, using data to guide school improvement efforts, program evaluation, and school leadership.

Kthy Martin Kathy Martin

Chief Fiscal Officer
Kathy Martin is a graduate of PSU’s School of Business Administration with a Bachelor of Science degree concentrated in Finance/Law. She is an accomplished financial director who has contributed to the success of organizations of varying sizes in the private economy and public sector. Before returning to PSU in 2015 she spent a decade in private higher educational services and six years at the CFO position. Prior to joining the GSE, Kathy served in PSU’s College of Liberals Arts and Sciences as a Fiscal Officer and as Environmental Science and Management’s Finance and Administrative Manager. Believing that human capital is an organization’s most valued asset, she is in pursuit of her Master’s in Organizational Leadership.

Patty Maxwell Patty Maxwell
FAB 210-05 
Patty Maxwell is the accountant for the GSE. She graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources. She has worked at the GSE since 2008 and has over 15 years of experience in both corporate and academic accounting. Prior to coming to GSE, Patty was a multi-unit franchise owner-operator for five years in the Portland Metro Area.
Steve Micke
FAB 210-14

Data Coordinator
Steve Micke is the data coordinator in the dean's office. He works on accreditation, the assessment system TK20, and other data-related projects. He previously worked at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Assessment and Institutional Research department, and the TRIO and Precollege Departments.

Kisha Milfort Kisha Milfort
FAB 210-09 
Logistics and Instructional Support Specialist
Kisha Milfort is the department scheduler for the GSE. She has been with the school since 2011. She is a graduate of Pacific University. 
Andi Pearson Andi Pearson
FAB 210-16 
Field Placement Coordinator
Andi Pearson is the Field Placement Coordinator for Special Education and School Counseling. She coordinates and secures all of the practicum and student teaching field experiences for special education, counseling, and speech and hearing. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education and early childhood teaching from Concordia University and a BS in speech communication from PSU. Prior to PSU, she coordinated mental health and disability services for Head Start of Lincoln County, taught third grade inclusive special education in Hawaii, and worked for the Reynolds School District. 
Leslee Peterson
FAB 210-02

Assessment Coordinator
Leslee Peterson works with all GSE degree and licensure programs to develop plans for evidence-based continuous improvement and accreditation. She also coordinates edTPA work within the GSE and represents PSU in state-wide and national edTPA efforts. Prior to working at PSU, Leslee taught eighth grade Social Studies and Language Arts, and before that worked for Intel. Ms. Peterson has a BA in Psychology, an MA in Teaching, and an MS in Postsecondary, Adult and Continuing Education.

Scott Shlaes Scott Shlaes
FAB 210A 
Development Director
Scott Shlaes is a graduate of the GSE’s Leadership for Sustainability Education (LSE) master’s program and a parent of a Helen Gordon Child Development Center student. Prior to his assignment in the GSE, he served as director of development for sustainability initiatives at the PSU Foundation where he had the opportunity to build support for sustainability-related programming in multiple colleges, schools, institutes and centers across the University.
Susan Shortridge
FAB 210-04
Executive Assistant to the Dean


Lisa Todd Lisa Todd
FAB 204
Licensure Programs Administrator

Lisa Todd is the licensure programs administrator for the GSE. As the liaison to Oregon’s educator licensure agency, Teacher Standards and Practices, she reviews students’ programs of study and recommends those that meet PSU program requirements. She holds a master’s degree in library and information science from Drexel University and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences from Linfield College. Previously, she assisted with accreditation and assessment at Lewis & Clark College’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, and managed Education Northwest’s research library.

Long Tran
FAB 210
Administrative Manager
Long Tran is the administrative manager for the GSE. Tran immigrated to Portland from Vietnam when he was 16 years old. He graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and human resources. He has worked at PSU since 2008, and has experience in both auxiliary and academic environments at PSU. Prior to coming to the GSE, Tran worked in the CLAS dean’s office as the fiscal coordinator and financial analyst.