Holly C. Gould

Department Chair, Director of Graduate Education, and Associate Professor of Education
(434) 381-6546
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Holly Gould's professional experience includes eight years of teaching in Alaska. Her primary research interests include high potential, culturally diverse learners, differentiated instruction for all learners, gifted education and the professional development of novice teachers. She teaches courses in human development, teaching models and strategies, multicultural classes, gifted education and curriculum. She advises students interested in earning a teaching license and she supervises student teachers at the elementary and secondary levels.

Tracy C. Missett
Assistant Professor of Education
(434) 381-6130
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Tracy Missett's professional experience includes one year as an Assistant Professor at Marshall University, five years as a graduate student researcher with the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented at the University of Virginia, and 5 years as a history teacher and gifted resource teacher in both Connecticut and Virginia. Prior to becoming an educator, Dr. Missett also spent 10 years as a litigator in Connecticut and New York.  At Sweet Briar, she teaches course in Special Education, Differentiation, and Literacy.  She has published in multiple journals and textbooks in the areas of Gifted and Special Education.  Her research interests include gifted students with learning disabilities and creativity.

James L. Alouf
Professor Emeritus
Cameron Fellow
(434) 381-6430
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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.

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.

Virginia Sykora
Adjunct Instructor of Education
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Virginia Sykora taught Spanish for 33 years at Amherst County High School and Amherst Middle School. After retiring in 2004, she began supervising student teachers for Sweet Briar. She also is the secondary school liaison for the Mentor Program with the Amherst County Public Schools.

Dawn Wise
Field Experience Coordinator