Faculty

James L. Alouf
Professor Emeritus
Cameron Fellow
(434) 381-6130
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Education professor James Alouf taught secondary social studies for 10 years.  He established the MAT and M.Ed. programs during his tenure at Sweet Briar College. His research interests include teacher education, educational assessment, differentiation of instruction and social foundations of education. He has taught courses in curriculum, controversial issues and research. He also has taught the senior seminar for liberal studies majors.


Kay Brimijoin
Adjunct Associate Professor
(434) 381-6430
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After 20 years of K-12 classroom teaching experience and school administration, Brimijoin completed her PhD in educational psychology with concentrations in gifted education and curriculum and instruction at the University of Virginia. She has received awards on curriculum design, research and evaluation, and distinguished dissertation work from the National Association for Gifted Children. She co-authored The Differentiated School in 2008 (ASCD) and a unit in Differentiation in Practice: Grades 9-12 in 2005 (ASCD). Brimijoin has authored numerous articles and co-authored a 2003 review of the literature supporting differentiation. From 2000-2006 Brimijoin was a member of the ASCD Differentiation Faculty Cadre and continues to consult with schools across the country on differentiation, curriculum design, gifted education, and teacher education.


Ashley Wallace
Adjunct Instructor of Education
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Polly Cassady
Adjunct Instructor of Education
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Polly Nichols Cassady worked for over 40 years in Lynchburg City Schools as a special education teacher, special education coordinator, and as director of federal programs and Hutcherson Early Learning Center. After retiring in 2006, she continued to consult with the Lynchburg City Schools and began supervising student teachers for Sweet Briar. Her primary interests are in child development, inclusion of students with special needs, and differentiate instruction for all learners.


Shannon Beasley
Adjunct Instructor of Education
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Lori Bell
Adjunct Instructor of Education
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