Department of Education & Teacher Preparation

Amy J. Sneed, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Middle Grades Education
Correll Center 212-D

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Virginia
  • Master of Science, Science Curriculum and Instruction & Space Science, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Bachelor of Science, Physical Sciences (Minor in Mathematics), Secondary Teaching Certification, Colorado State University
  • Golden Key International Honors Society
  • National Science Foundation Teaching Scholar
Professional Affiliations
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
  • Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE)

Relevant Experience
Prior to joining the Coastal Georgia faculty, Dr. Sneed served as the Academic Coordinator of the University of Virginia Curry School of Education's K-12 Gifted Enrichment Programs. She has and continues to partner with school systems and organizations nationally and internationally around initiatives related to curriculum design, classroom assessment, and differentiated instruction in STEM Fields. Prior to her experiences in teacher education and professional development, Dr. Sneed taught middle and high school science and mathematics in Colorado. Currently, she teaches courses in middle/secondary instructional design, assessment, and differentiated instruction, and mentoring teacher candidates in field experiences.

Caroline Geiken, Ed.D.
Special Education Lecturer and Field Supervisor
Correll Center 212-H

  • Doctorate of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Argosy University
  • Master of Early Childhood, Armstrong Atlantic State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education and Special Education, Calvin College
  • Awarded the Lillie Moncus Special Education Administrator of the Year 2016
Professional Affiliations
  • Phi Delta Kappa
  • Council of Exceptional Children
  • Georgia Educators Association

Relevant Experience
Previous to joining the Coastal Georgia faculty, Dr. Geiken worked for the Glynn County School System as Director of Special Education for six years. Prior to this, she was the Special Education Coordinator and Special Education Teacher for the Glynn County School System.

Claire Hughes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Correll Center 212-P

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Ed Planning, Policy & Leadership - Special/Gifted Education, College of William and Mary
  • Educational Specialist, Educational Administration with an emphasis in Gifted Education, College of William and Mary
  • Master of Arts in Education, Special Education (Learning Disabilities and Gifted), University of New Mexico
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing, University of New Mexico
  • Fulbright Scholar, University of Patras (Greece)
  • Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow
  • College of Coastal Georgia Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Visiting Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University
Professional Affiliations
  • Georgia Educators Association
  • Georgia Council for Exceptional Children
  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • National Association for Special Education Needs
  • European Council for High Ability
  • Council of Exceptional Children

Relevant Experience
Previous to joining Coastal Georgia, Dr. Hughes was Faculty Director and Principal Lecturer of the Special Needs and Inclusion program at Canterbury Christ Church University in England, and a Fulbright Scholar to Greece. She is Past-Chair of the Special Populations Network for the National Association for Gifted Children and has been active on the boards of The Association for the Gifted (CEC-TAG) and Teacher Education Divisions (CEC-TED) of the Council for Exceptional Children. She received her doctorate in gifted education and special education from the College of William and Mary and is author of numerous books and chapters, including The Parents’ Guide to Children with High Functioning Autism and Teaching Children with High Functioning Autism. Her research areas include twice-exceptional children- particularly gifted children with autism; positivistic views of exceptionality; and international special education.

Karen K. Lucas, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
Assessment Coordinator for the Teacher Preparation Program
Correll Center 212-Q

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Teacher Education/Mathematics Education, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics Education, East Carolina University
  • Bachelor of Science, Food Science, Delaware Valley University
  • Level 5 Summative Teacher Performance Evaluation commendation, Knox County Schools, TN
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Professional Affiliations
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
  • Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society

Relevant Experience
Prior to joining the Coastal Georgia faculty in 2018, Dr. Karen Lucas was an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Catawba College in North Carolina. Prior to teaching at the college level, her experiences include teaching middle grades and secondary mathematics and coaching secondary mathematics teachers. Now, at Coastal Georgia, Dr. Lucas is supporting teacher candidates as a course instructor and practicum supervisor and serving the teacher preparation program as the assessment coordinator. She also enjoys researching, writing, and presenting on topics related to communication to develop conceptual understandings of math and effective usage of educational technologies to differentiate instruction.

Jessica Morris, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor of Education & Teacher Preparation
Reading and Literacy Specialization
Correll Center 212-L

  • Doctor of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Columbus State University
  • Master of Education, Reading, Language and Literacy Education with an English for the Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) concentration, Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Psychology, Asbury University
  • Dr. Morris has had numerous leadership roles and has earned awards for both highest gains in student achievement and Teacher of the Year in her K-12 career

Professional Affiliations
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Professors of Literacy and Teacher Education (PLTE)
  • Georgia Association of Literacy Advocates (GALA)
  • Phi Delta Kappa

Relevant Experience
Dr. Morris has been with the Department of Education & Teacher Preparation since 2017, teaching literacy courses and supervising aspiring K-8 teacher candidates. Her reading and writing interests include effective content area literacy instruction and developmentally appropriate practices for K-8 learners. Dr. Morris has almost a decade of classroom experience as a Georgia educator with diverse populations of learners. Her current certifications include K-8 Reading Specialist, Middle Grades English Language Arts, Social Studies and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Jack Parish, Ed.D.

Director of Field Experiences, Certification, and Outreach
Correll Center 212-E

  • Doctor of Education, Education Leadership, University of Georgia
  • Specialist in Education, Administration and Supervision, University of West Georgia
  • Master of Education, Administration and Supervision, Georgia State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Health and Physical Education, Georgia State University
  • Finalist, Georgia Superintendent of the Year, 2008
  • University Council for Educational Administration Excellence in Educational Leadership, 2012
Professional Affiliations
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Georgia Field Directors Association
Relevant Experience
Dr. Parish has over 40 years of experience in K-12 and higher education. He has served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, human resources director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. Prior to joining the Coastal Georgia faculty, Dr. Parish served as a faculty member in the educational leadership department and as Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement in the University of Georgia’s College of Education. He is a past-president of the Georgia School Superintendents Association, he has served as the Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, and he is a past member of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education board of directors.

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