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 currently coordinates the Future Leaders in Teaching (FLinT) Project and coordinated 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.

Phone:
(810) 762-2355
Email:
masalina@umflint.edu
Center for Educator Preparation

Maria Salinas, MSHE, B.S.

Field Coordinator

Maria Salinas has 18 years of experience in higher education here at the University of Michigan – Flint, which began in the Student Development Center (now known as Counseling and Psychological Services CAPS) back in 2000/2001. Today, Maria is the Field Coordinator for the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP). She received her Masters of Science in Health Education and Bachelors of Science in Health Education. In her role, she builds relationships in the community with our school districts, support our Elementary and Secondary Students with Internships and Student Teaching, and other field related experiences within course work (ex: SEC 201Teacher, Schools, Society and SEC 320 Teacher and Learner). Maria's aspirations for this position is to support all of our teacher candidates to the best of my ability, support the faculty, and to be the best UM-Flint Representative that she can be when out in the community.

Phone:
(810) 762-3257
Email:
sdwilso@umflint.edu
Center for Educator Preparation

Sadé Wilson, M.A.

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Sadé Wilson joined the Center for Educator Preparation in May 2017. She received a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership - Higher Education/Student Affairs and Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology and Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University. As a proud Flint Community Schools Alumni, first-generation college student, and Ronald McNair Scholar, she has dedicated her service to helping students succeed in college and beyond. Her role in the CEP includes designing and maintaining systems of collecting and analyzing data to support candidates, programs, and the unit. Sadé is incredibly invested in developing the role of The Center for Educator Preparation here at the University of Michigan Flint to support our students to become highly qualified educators.

Email:
lquasara@umflint.edu
Center for Educator Preparation

Laura "Nina" Quasarano

Math Tutor

Laura “Nina” Quasarano is an undergraduate student of Elementary Education here at U of M Flint. With her core passion being exploration, Nina follows a calling to relay this passion to others, inspiring them to become life-long learners and global citizens. In dedication to following her calling, she has been privileged to exercise her skills in education while teaching art to pre-kindergarten students at the Flint Institute of Arts, teaching English as a Foreign Language to students from age 3 to 33 in Italy, teaching Mathematics Intervention at Elisabeth Ann Johnson High School, researching topics related to social justice in education with the University of Michigan, and presiding over the University of Michigan- Flint Council of Mathematics Educators. She aligns her philosophy with a quote from John Steinbeck, “I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” She hopes to one day research the power of using mathematics as a tool for developing students’ “mind and spirit,” and encourages her fellow educators to recognize the influence educational experiences can have in students’ socioemotional development.

Open and Drop-in Sessions are Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00pm-6:00pm until June 2018

To schedule 1-on-1 sessions, please email Nina at lquasara@umflint.edu

Phone:
(810) 762-3255
Email:
jasmilee@umflint.edu
Center for Educator Preparation

Jas'mine Lee

Office Assistant

Jas'mine Lee is the office assistant in the Center for Educator Preparation. She is an undergraduate student in Human Biology with a concentration in Pre-Med here at the University of Michigan - Flint. An interesting fun fact about Jas'mine is that she is Left-Handed and is a member of the Black Student Union. She loves meeting new people so please stop in and say hello!