Masters Program Faculty

Masters Program Faculty

Page Tompkins, EdD, is the Executive Director of UVEI where he teaches in the Teacher Intern Program, the Principal Intern Program, and the Advanced School Leadership program. Page is currently a member of the New Hampshire Professional Standards Board. Page’s research and practice interests include how teachers learn, instructional coaching, teacher professional community, effective teaching, instructional program coherence, and school improvement. Page is a former high school principal and social science teacher, with a background in project based learning and the Coalition of Essential Schools approach to school design. Prior to coming to UVEI, Page was the founding director of the Reach Institute for School Leadership in Oakland, California, and he was an instructor in the Principal Leadership Institute masters program and the Leadership for Educational Equity doctorate program at UC Berkeley. Page earned an EdD in School Leadership from the University of California Berkeley; and a Master of Arts in Education, with a concentration in youth development and community based education, from San Francisco State University.  He has served as a member of the California State Superintendent's Educator Excellence Task Force for the California Department of Education, was Co-Chair of the Teacher Preparation Advisory Panel for the California Commission on Teacher Credentials, and was a member of the Carnegie Knowledge Network at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  You can follow him on Twitter @pagetompkins

Kristen Downey, MEd, has been a middle school language arts teacher in the Upper Valley for twelve years. Several years after graduating from Colby College with a major in English and Creative Writing, she entered UVEI's Class of 2003 (known then as UVTI). She earned a masters degree through Plymouth State University where her action research focused on approaches to student discipline.  In addition to being a classroom teacher, Ms. Downey recently served as Richmond Middle School's Writing Coach, which included designing and implementing training for faculty, as well as facilitating school-wide writing assessments. Her internship with the Vermont Writing Collaborative allowed her to share her passion for and knowledge about helping students become effective writers. She has presented on a district-wide level on topics such as digital learning, argument writing and literacy.  She also serves on the Thetford, VT School Board.  You can follow her on Twitter @UVEIDowney.

Nan Parsons, MEd and CAGS, is UVEI's Associate Director for School Leadership. She has been a school leader for more than 15 years, serving as principal of both Canaan Elementary School and Lebanon High School in the Upper Valley.  Nan currently serves on the school board of Grantham School District in Grantham, NH.  She has been appointed to the New Hampshire State Consortium on Educator Effecrtiveness Committee, the NH Department of Education's Ensuring Equitable Access to Excellent Educators Taskforce and its subcommittee on communications, along with the NH State Principal Evaluation Task Force.  She is the past president of the New Hampshire Association of School Principals, where she continues to serve as an active board member, leading the association’s Legislative Committee. Nan co-leads the New Hampshire Association of School Principals Mentor Program for newly appointed principals and serves as a mentor for New Hampshire principals. Nan served as the New Hampshire representative on the National Center for Innovation in Education Think Tank. Her areas of specialization are in effective school leadership and management, competency based education, and equity oriented approaches to schools and student outcomes. She supports districts throughout New England in competency based learning; equitable practices for minority, low income, and identified students; and creating the foundation for change in a school.  Nan earned her Master of Education from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, New Hampshire and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Plymouth State University. She is currently pursuing her EdD from Plymouth State University. Nan has New Hampshire educators licenses in a wide range of areas, including: Superintendent, Principal (K-12), Elementary Education (K-8), Early Childhood Education, and Special Education (K-12).

Christopher Ward, PhD, is the Graduate Studies Coordinator at the Upper Valley Graduate School of Education, and is a member of the Principal Intern Program and Teacher Intern Program Faculty at UVEI. His work in the Principal Intern Program is focused on teaching candidates how to use and understand research to frame and take action on educational problems of practice. Before coming to UVEI, he most recently served as Interim Director of Teacher Education in the Department of Education at Dartmouth College. He also was a faculty member at the University of Washington and University of Central Florida. At both institutions, Chris was involved with efforts to collect and use candidate performance data for program renewal. In his work with teachers, his special interests involve collaboration and collective inquiry; the relationship between motivation and engagement in learning; and novice teacher learning, motivation and identity development. Chris is a member of the New Hampshire Council on Teacher Education and is a member of the New Hampshire Institutions of Higher Education Network where he serves in a leadership role on the Teacher Common Assessment of Performance research and coordinating committee. He also serves on the Board of Changing Perspectives, a local disability awareness nonprofit. Dr, Ward received his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington.  His article, Situating Motivation, written with colleagues from the University of Washington and Vanderbilt University and published in the journal, Educational Psychologist, won Division 15 Publication's 2015 Best Article of the Year. You can follow him onTwitter @chriseducated

Rebecca Wipfler, MEd, UVEI's Elementary Education Coordinator and Program Faculty is primarily responsibility for coordinating the pedagogical training of elementary education interns.  She comes to UVEI with nine years of teaching experience in elementary and middle schools and was, most recently, the Literacy Coordinator/Reading Specialist at Richmond Middle School in Hanover.  In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she coached new and veteran teachers and facilitated a team of teachers interested in school-wide improvement.