Welcome! New staff for the School of Education

Posted on: October 17, 2013

We are excited to welcome two new faces to the JIU School of Education academic leadership team.  Dr. Errin Heyman recently joined us to assume the role of Dean of the School of Education and Dr. Jeannette Amayo will hold the position of Faculty Chair for the School of Education

Dr. Errin Heyman founded West Coast University's (in Southern California) Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching and Assessment (CELTA), where, as the Director, she led the charge to establish a sustainable culture of assessment that facilitates achievement of student learning outcomes. She works closely with faculty to help develop instructional excellence. Prior to the establishment of CELTA, Errin was the Director of Online Instruction and helped build the first online presence for the University. Before coming to WCU, she spent nearly 10 years with Pearson eCollege, a Learning Management System company in Denver, Colorado, primarily working with instructors to develop online/distance education pedagogy.  She holds a Doctorate in Education, Higher Education Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction and a Master's in Teaching of Writing. She has taught English at the college level, both face-to-face and online. Errin is a dedicated and passionate educator, working to build innovative ways to help students continually meet, and exceed, learning expectations. Dr. Heyman earned her EdD from University of Phoenix, her MA from University of Colorado, Denver, and her BA from University of Colorado, Denver. We are very excited to have Dr. Heyman join JIU.

Dr. Jeannette Amayo received her higher education in Florida, where she earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Miami, MS in Special Education from Florida International University and an EdD from the University of Central Florida in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation was titled, A Comparative Analysis, on an International Level, of the Graduation Rates of Students with Disabilities. This was an original study analyzing Exceptional Student Education laws, policies and procedures, assessment and graduation rates on an international scale. She has spent a majority of her experience working at Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) in Florida. first teaching in the K-12 spectrum as a Special Education Educator, then as an Elementary School Administrator for schools of varying demographics. In her career at SCPS, she has facilitated school initiatives that raised student achievement, including establishing a school model of Professional Learning Communities and was on a panel for Teacher Collaboration at the National Center of Urban School Transformation Symposium in May 2013 in Houston, TX. She also co-authored the K-5 Curriculum Writing Plan for Mathematics and Science, as the lead administrator for all Seminole County Elementary Schools, as well as selected the science textbooks on the Textbook Adoption Committee. In addition, she was part of a committee that redesigned the report cards that are still currently in use. We welcome Dr. Amayo to Colorado, and JIU!