Department of Education & Teacher Preparation

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

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 CCGA faculty, Dr. Sneed served as the Academic Coordinator of the UVA Curry School of Education 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-P

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 CCGA faculty, Dr. Geiken worked for the Glynn County School System as Director of Special Education for 6 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-R

Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership - Special Education and Gifted Education,The College of William and Mary in Virginia
Educational Specialist,Educational Administration with an emphasis in Gifted Education, The College of William and Mary in Virginia
Master of Arts in Education, Special Education with emphases in 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, NC.
Bachelor of Science, Food Science, Delaware Valley University, PA.

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 CCGA faculty in 2018, Dr. Karen Lucas was an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Catawba College in NC. Prior to teaching at the college level, her experiences include teaching middle grades and secondary mathematics and coaching secondary mathematics teachers. Now, at CCGA, 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.

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