Faculty and Staff

Shannon Blady, Ph.D., Director and Professor of Practice
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Office hours: Thursdays 2:00-4:00pm and by appointment      

Shannon Blady, Ph.D. has been an educator for fifteen years at the elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests include Multiliteracies Pedagogy, literacy instruction, digital writing, social and emotional learning, and critical pedagogy. She also serves at the Paul Tudor Jones II Endowed Professor in Social Entrepreneurship.


Monique Maheia Hodges, Assistant Director
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Monique earned her Bachelor in Science from Louisiana State University and serves as an administrator in the certification program. Her background includes grant writing, program management, and serving as the TPCP school liaison. She has presented at national educational conferences and has planned and hosted several local conferences and workshops. Monique works with several university departments and local schools in order to improve student learning and teacher achievement. She has successfully piloted a summer study abroad program and continues to work with Global Studies for future educational ventures. 


Maria Sotile DeLouise, Adjunct Lecturer
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Office Hours: Mon and Wed, 3:00-4:30 and by appointment 

Professor DeLouise earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from LSU, her Master's degree in School Administration from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and her Plus 30 from LSU, where her focus of study was educational technology and library and information science. She began her teaching career in 1977. She has taught elementary, middle, and high school students and has served as a high school librarian. DeLouise spent 10 years teaching elementary and middle grades in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. She has also been an adjunct at LSU for three years where she taught in the College of Education. Maria worked as a Distinguished Educator for the LA Department of Education for five years before serving the students in LA as an elementary, middle, and high school principal.


Brooke Grant, Ph.D., Professor of Practice
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Office hours: Tuesday-Thursday 3:00pm-4:00pm and by appointment

Brooke Grant, Ph.D., is currently a Professor of Practice in the Tulane Teacher Preparation and Certification Program. Prior to Tulane, she worked in the Educational Leadership Department at the University of Wisconsin – Superior, serving as an assistant professor. Brooke's teaching career began outside of Buffalo, NY where she spent over ten years teaching middle school social studies.



Charlotte Mundy Henderson, Ph.D., Professor of Practice
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Office Hours: T, H 2:00-4:00; W 1:00-2:00; by appointment 

Charlotte Mundy Henderson, Ph.D., earned her doctoral degree at the University of Florida and worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama prior to becoming a faculty member at Tulane. Her current research interests are inservice and preservice teacher education- particularly in high-poverty schools, K-6 reading, and children's literature. Her teaching experiences include grades 2-5 in public schools and undergraduate through doctoral level courses in higher education. 


Richard J. Mihans II, Ph. D., Professor of Practice
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Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 2:00-4:00 and by appointment     

Richard J. Mihans II, Ph.D., earned his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in Teacher Education and Development. Prior to coming to Tulane University, he was an Associate Professor of Education at Elon University in North Carolina. Dr. Mihans has been an educator at the elementary, middle, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. He believes that teaching is not just about planning meaningful learning experiences, but also about making personal connections with students. His research interests include best practices in literacy instruction, social studies education, teacher retention and satisfaction, and critical/social issues in education.

Erica Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Practice
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Office hours: Monday's 9:30-11:00am, alternating Tuesday evenings (4:30-7:30pm) beginning September 5th, or by appointment. 


Erica Smith, Ph.D. started her career as a science educator at Brown University where she earned a M.A.T. in science education. She then taught high school science for seven years in Maryland and New York State. Dr. Smith completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum Instruction and the Science of Learning (CISL) with a focus in science at SUNY Buffalo. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University School of Education where she researched and worked with urban elementary teachers on the development of their Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) pedagogical content knowledge (PCK). 


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