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Office of the Dean

Leading, Learning, Life Changing

Dean Randy Hitz“Leading, Learning, Life Changing” is the motto of the Graduate School of Education, Oregon’s largest and most comprehensive school of education. We are leading through applying best practices to educator preparation and preparing all of our graduates to understand and apply best practices in their work. In addition, we are leading through the research and other scholarly work of our faculty and students that contributes to the knowledge base in our field.

The GSE is a learning community. Faculty, educator candidates, and our practitioner partners are working and learning together to improve education for all students. Through rigorous assessment and reflection, we seek to continuously improve our programs.

Most importantly, we realize the tremendous influence of educators and how they can change the lives of their students. Through our programs we seek to prepare our educator candidates so they can positively and maximally influence the lives of their students.

Ultimately, we seek to prepare all educators and students to contribute to improving the quality of life in Oregon and throughout the world and to creating a more just and democratic society.

Click here to view our State of the School Presentation for this year.

Staff Member Position and Bio
Dr. Micki Caskey 
FAB 210J
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Micki M. Caskey is the associate dean of the Graduate School of Education and a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. She draws on more than 20 years of teaching inner-city adolescents in middle and high schools. Her areas of specialization include middle grades education, content area literacy, action research, strategic instruction, and teacher education.
Dean Randy Hitz Dr. Randy Hitz
FAB 210H

Randy Hitz is the dean of the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University where he oversees more than 50 programs and five research centers at the largest school of education in Oregon. He is a former dean and professor of the College of Education at the University of Hawaii and the College of Education, Health and Human Development at Montana State University Bozeman and has served as a professor and chair of education at Southern Oregon University. His background as an early childhood specialist and his teaching experience with preK-6 have served him well in a career spanning more 40 years in education.

Dr. Hitz holds a doctorate in elementary education with a major in early childhood education and child psychology from Indiana State University. He has bachelor and master of science degrees from ISU, and received a teaching certificate from the State of Indiana in 1973.

Dr. Hitz has published and presented prolifically on teacher education issues and teacher professional development. He currently serves on many policy-making boards locally and nationally, including the Education Northwest Board of Directors, the Council for the Accreditation of Education Professionals (CAEP), Chair of the Select Improvement Commission of CAEP, Chair of the Chalkboard Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Oregon Coalition for Quality Teaching and Learning. 

  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.
K.C. Hall K.C. Hall
FAB 201E
Chief Finance Officer
K.C. Hall moved over to the GSE from the PSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, where she served for the last four years as fiscal officer. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Marylhurst University and served as interim CFO for the GSE prior to being offered the position permanently.
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.

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.

Emily McNulty Scripter
FAB 210-13A

Emily McNulty Scripter provides project coordination and administrative support for GSE development efforts, including annual giving, major and special gifts, alumni relations, special events and communications. 
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. 
Twila Nesky Twila Nesky
FAB 210-17 
Grant Coordinator
Twila Nesky manages the proposal development and submission process for GSE faculty seeking to fund scholarships, public services, and research projects. With an MFA in Writing from PSU and extensive knowledge of federal funding requirements, she helps craft portions of proposals, advises faculty new to writing competitively, and edits a majority of the grant proposals submitted by the GSE each year. 
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 and Partnership Coordinator
Leslee Peterson works with all GSE degree and licensure programs to develop plans for evidence-based continuous improvement and accreditation. She also supports the Portland Metro Education Partnership (PMEP) which collaboratively addresses issues of teacher preparation and professional development. She has taught middle school for several years and has worked for Intel. Ms. Peterson has a BA in Psychology and an MA in teaching.

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
Senior Financial/Business Analyst
Long Tran is the senior financial/business analyst 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 GSE, Tran worked in the CLAS dean’s office as the fiscal coordinator and financial analyst.