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Katherine Sinsabaugh, Ph.D., Chairperson

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Katherine Sinsabaugh attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Psychology/Special Education and an MA in Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. Her dissertation utilized quantitative research methodology to explore the personality styles of pre-service teachers. Katherine holds New York State Teaching Certification in both General and Special Education for grades 1-6.

As an early childhood and public school teacher, Katherine particularly enjoyed literacy instruction and as a result, embraces the Reading and Writing Workshop models. She believes in the importance of manipulative-based and hands-on math and science instruction.

Katherine has been teaching at SUNY Orange since August 2008. She strives to incorporate actual classroom materials into her instruction, and enjoys sharing real-life “teaching stories” and experiences with her students. She believes in connecting theory to practice and encourages her students to ask questions, take academic risks, and hold spirited discussions.

At the college, Katherine has served on the Assessment Advisory and Emerging Educational Initiatives committees. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), the American Psychological Association (APA), the Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators (ACCESS), and is a Policy Board member at the Middletown Teacher Center (MTC).

Her unique interests in the field of education are developmentally appropriate practice, play in early childhood, and multiple intelligence theory.

Jennifer Mirecki, Field Student Coordinator

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Jennifer Mirecki graduated with honors from Rutgers University with a BM in Music Performance. In addition to her music studies, she enrolled in the Education Department and successfully completed the requirements to earn Certification as an Elementary School teacher in New York and New Jersey and Certification as a Music teacher in New York. While earning her Master’s Degree from Mount Saint Mary College, Jennifer became particularly interested in individualized instruction and teaching the “whole child.”

In 1993, Jennifer began her teaching career at Taft Elementary School in Washingtonville, New York.  Throughout the years she spent at Taft, she had the opportunity to teach first, third and fifth grade.  The experience of teaching children of various ages and stages has been beneficial to her job here at SUNY Orange. She continually draws on her past experience to give concrete examples for the college students. 

Jennifer has been teaching at SUNY Orange since January 2009. She has taught numerous education classes and also supervises students in the field as the Field Student Advisor.  She is thrilled to be preparing the students for a fulfilling and rewarding career in education.  Jennifer is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), the Associate Degree Early Childhood Teacher Educators (ACCESS), and the Washingtonville Teacher Center Policy Board.Her special interests in the field of education are diversity, early literacy and developmentally appropriate practice.

Elizabeth Tarvin, Field Placement Coordinator

Elizabeth Tarvin

Elizabeth Tarvin attended Colgate University where she graduated cum laude with a BS in Philosophy and NYS Certification in Elementary Education.  Her Master’s Degree was obtained at the University of Rochester in Teaching and Curriculum.  In her studies, she was particularly interested in gender differences in education as well as inclusive education.

Elizabeth taught fifth and sixth grade at Chester Elementary school for 9 years, where she team-taught in a multi-age inclusion program which she helped to design.  Her years at Chester were extremely rewarding and she draws on her experiences in her college classroom regularly.  Her experiences made her an advocate for inclusion done well and interdisciplinary thematic teaching.

A professor at SUNY Orange since January 2003, Elizabeth has taught numerous education classes and served as chairperson of the department for eight years.  She finds it very fulfilling to share her love of the field of education with her students.  The 3- and 4-year-olds never cease to bring a smile to her face when visiting area childcare centers to observe field students.  Being in the field also reminds her what an important job the college has in preparing and inspiring teachers.

Elizabeth is also the Field Placement Coordinator for the department and serves as the faculty advisor for Future Teachers Association, a club on campus for anyone interesting in teaching. Additionally, Elizabeth teaches the following NYS Certification trainings for the Continuing and Professional Education Office: Dignity for All Students Act, Schools Against Violence in Education, and Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse.

Elizabeth is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and her special interests in the field of education include equity in education, reflective teaching, and the importance of play in early childhood.

Adjunct Instructors

Gina McCann, B.S. Early Childhood Education, SUNY New Paltz; M.S. Special Education: Childhood 1st-6th Grade, Saint Joseph's University

Luz Almanzar, A.A.S. Early Childhood Education, Borough of Manhattan Community College; B.A. Psychology, CUNY School of Professional Studies, NY

Rebecca Quackenbush, B.A. English, Mount St. Mary College; M.S. Literacy, Mount St. Mary College

Heather Decker, B.S. Early Childhood/Elementary Education Dual Certification, Marywood University



Noreen Stevenson, Secretary, B.A. Communications, University of Scranton