Phone:
810-762-3257
Email:
thomn@umflint.edu

Thomn Bell, M.S.

Director

Thomn Bell joined the University of Michigan-Flint in August of 2016.  Currently, he is working on earning his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University.  He earned a Master of Science in Student Affairs and Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science in Social Studies from Grand Valley State University in 2004.  Thomn has extensive professional and administrative experience in teacher and higher education working both at institutions of higher education and the Michigan Department of Education.  Prior to coming to the University of Michigan-Flint, Thomn was an Assistant Professor and Director of Accreditation at Madonna University while also working as the Co-Director of the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program.  Thomn has several research interests which include Whiteness and racism in the context of teaching, culturally responsive pedagogy, leadership and organization change.  

Phone:
810-766-6825
Email:
dseyerle@umflint.edu
Center for Educator Preparation

Debra Seyerle

Certification Officer

Debbie Seyerle received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in child development and family studies from Michigan State University.  She has experience teaching young-fives. It is because of her background in education that she enjoys helping students reach their goals of becoming successful teachers through her position as certification officer and post-baccalaureate advisor.

Phone:
810-766-6891
Email:
richardr@umflint.edu
Center for Educator Preparation

Richard Russell, Ed. S.

Special Projects and STAR Program Coordinator

Richard Russell received his B.A. degree from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1999, his M.Ed. degree from Marygrove College in 2004, and his Ed. S. degree from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2014.  He has 12 years of academic experience working in several capacities in public education as a teacher, professional development chairperson, and professional negotiations team board member.  For three years in higher education, he has served as an Assistant Program Manager in pre-college programming for the Committed to Excellence and Opportunity Program out of the Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives at UM-Flint.  Currently, Richard serves as the Special Projects Coordinator in the Center for Educator Preparation.  In this position, he coordinates the Smart Teachers as Role Models Program (STAR), an initiative to encourage men of color to enter teaching professions.  In addition, his role is to bridge SEHS communication efforts between projects such as Christopher Paul Curtis Writing Adventure, student recruitment and retention, and minority pipelines.