Meet our Faculty

Meet Our Faculty

Everyone remembers a teacher that made an extraordinary impact on their life.

The School of Education at Florida Southern is filled with faculty members who possess the talent and dedication to become those special teachers for you, and will transform you into an exceptional teacher for your students.

Education majors benefit from limited class sizes, ensuring that they have the opportunity to engage with their professors. All of our education faculty members hold a master’s degree or higher and bring an average of 20 years of teaching and administrative experience to the classroom. This combination of academic and real-world knowledge creates a rich learning environment for students: not only do they learn best practices from their books, but that knowledge is enhanced by the real-life lessons shared by their professors.

Our Faculty

Diedre Allen

Diedre Allen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

Karen I. Aponte

Karen I. Aponte, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

Photo: Bernando Blanco

Bernardo Blanco, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education

Peter Castelli

Perry A. Castelli, Ph.D.
Professor, Hazel Haley Endowed Chair of Education

Donna Davis

Donna Davis, M.Ed.
Director of Pre-Service and Professional Education Programs

Robert W. Helmick

Robert W. Helmick, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor of Education

Jennifer B. King

Jennifer B. King, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education and Director of Technology

Steven G. Petrie

Steven G. Petrie, Ed.D.
Ed.D Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor

Photo: Lori Rakes

Lori Rakes, M.Ed.
Instructor of Education

Photo: Judy Senzamici

Judy L. Senzamici, M.A.
Instructor of Education

Photo: Brooke Veal

Brooke Veal, M.A.
Director of Field Studies / Evening Education Programs


is located in Edge Hall (E)

863.680.4172 (phone)
863.680.4102 (fax)

To learn more about program offerings, contact:

Photo: Dr. Tracey TedderTracey Tedder, Ed.D.
Dean, School of Education
Nina B. Hollis Endowed Chair of Education

Photo: Jan RegisterJan Register
Administrative Assistant