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The Master of Science in Education: Dual Childhood 1–6/Special Education

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Dr. Patrick Ianniello, Director of the Master of Science Degree in Education program
(BA, Long Island University; MS, Brooklyn College; Advanced Certificate in School Administration and Supervision, Brooklyn College; PhD Steinhardt School of Education, New York University)
, Ext. 2424

Dr. Ianniello has served as a principal, assistant principal and an elementary school teacher in New York City Public Schools for 34 years. He has extensive experience in the professional development and evaluation of teachers, planning and implementing best practices in the elementary school curriculum and integrating technology in classrooms. Dr. Ianniello received his doctorate in educational communication and technology at New York University.

Erica Levy, Assistant Dean, the Audrey Cohen School of Human Services and Education
, Ext. 2412

Erica Levy is coming to MCNY from Columbia University, where she worked as a Graduate Assistant at both Barnard College in the Office of the Provost, Dean of the Faculty and most recently at Columbia University, Center for Student Advising: Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program. She also worked at Columbia University, School of Continuing Education as an Academic Adviser to post-baccalaureate students. Prior to Columbia University, she was an Assistant Director in the University Freshman Center at St. John's University. She worked most exclusively with first-year College of Pharmacy and Health Science students while conducting research on “Academic Preparedness of Incoming Students and its Effect on University Retention”. Ms. Levy's counseling experience comes from prior work in secondary and post-secondary institutions around the New York area. As Assistant Dean, Ms. Levy is responsible for the school's administrative affairs and working closely with program chairs and directors. She also supervises the CASAC Certification program and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Ms. Levy graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences with a concentration in Health and Human Services and a minor in Sociology. In 2004, she completed her M.S.Ed. in Counseling Education from Hofstra University. She is currently an Ed.M. candidate at Columbia University, Teachers College in their Higher and Postsecondary Education program.

Natasha R. Johnson, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator
(BA, Columbia University; JD, CUNY School of Law)
, Ext. 4008

Dr. Johnson is an academic, activist, artist and attorney. Dr. Johnson is currently an Assistant Professor/Program Director for Metropolitan College New York's Human Services Program, Bronx Extension Center. Previously, she served as an Anti-Trafficking Legal Specialist drafting reform legislation in the Solomon Islands and as the Director of Education working to better serve homeless, foster care, and at risk LGBT youth. Dr. Johnson was also legislative counsel to both the Immigration and Civil Rights Committees of NY City Council. Dr. Johnson created the only program -to date- that specifically provides holistic legal services to African survivors of domestic violence in NYC. In addition, Ms. Johnson is a certified teacher having taught in NYC high schools. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship and a Fulbright Specialist Fellowship at Durham University, UK, and a host of other awards. She lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on issues of domestic violence, gender based violence, and human rights. Recently she directed her efforts to starting a non-profit agency, Globalizing Gender, which provides capacity building, rule of law, and governance consultancies to countries/institutions working to better serve survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). As a photographer, Dr. Johnson exhibits works that offer social commentary on the intersection of art and social justice. Her work strives to create just systems locally, nationally, and internationally.

Rae Mack, Program Director of Welfare to Careers Project , Ext. 3805

Rae Mack has served as the director of WTCP for eleven years. She is responsible for recruitment, fundraising and managing the two sites (MCNY and Medgar Evers College/CUNY). She has been instrumental in transitioning a two-year pilot project into a viable, fully operational program that has lasted for over a decade and serviced over 200 students. She has worked in the arena of training and education for 17 years servicing dislocated workers, at-risk youth and adult learners.

Dr. Richard G. Zalman, CASAC Program Director
, Ext. 2430

Dr. Zalman holds a B.A. degree in English from Queens College, C.U.N.Y., a Master of Arts in Teaching in Bilingual Education, and a research doctorate in Reading and Language from Northwestern University. While a graduate student there, he funded the first Right-to-Read Academy in Illinois, under the U.S. Office of Education. In 1988 - 1989, he was named an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow by M.I.T., earning a Master of Science in Management degree as a part of M.I.T.'s Sloan Fellows Program. Dr. Zalman had the opportunity during his Sloan thesis research to revisit his earlier doctoral research into adult literacy education in community settings, and extend his findings to adult literacy education in employee workplace settings. The research was funded by the Society for Human Resource Management Research Foundation, and was published in HR Magazine.

Dr. Zalman began teaching at MCNY in 2003, after a thirty-year career in private industry as a Human Resources executive in Financial Services, Pharmaceutical and Automotive industries. He earned the designations of Senior Professional in Human Resources, Certified Compensation Professional, and Accredited Diplomate in Employee Training and Development. Dr. Zalman was a founding member of the Technical and Skills Training Division of the American Society for Training and Development, and Chaired the Functional Standards Committee for Training and Development for the Society for Human Resource Management.

Dr. Zalman has also served as Assistant Professor of Education at Kansas State University and Marymount College of Kansas, and has taught courses in Business for Franklin Pierce College. In addition to his CASAC responsibilities, Dr. Zalman is also the Faculty Advisor to the Beta Mu Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, MCNY's College-wide undergraduate academic honor society, and has served in that voluntary capacity since 2006. Currently, Dr. Zalman teaches hybrid courses in the Bachelor of Arts in American Urban Studies Program (BAUS), as well as undergraduate and graduate courses for the School of Business at MCNY.

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