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Meet the Education Faculty

Crystal Howell

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Assistant Professor of Education
B.A., M.A., M.A.T., Marshall University; Ph.D., Indiana University

Cheryl Lindeman

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Assistant Professor of Education
B.A. Wittenberg University; M.S. University of Akron; Ed.D., University of Virginia

Growing up curious opened doors for me. I loved watching bees pollinating flowers and following butterflies in my yard.  My questions about nature broadened when I studies at Wittenberg University in Springield, OH. For my biology senior project, I studied fireflies' behavior and luciferin metabloism while learning how to observe biological specimens under an electron microscope.  My liberal arts experience at Wittenberg allowed me to explore art and music and to complete requirements for secondary teaching licensure in science. At the University of Akron, my master's water quality research started with benthic organisms in the Cuyahoga River and then changed course to the James River in Lynchburg when my husband was transferred.

After completing my M.S. degree in biology, I began teaching in Amherst County Public Schools.  My classes included middle school physical science, biology, earth science, and chemistry, and I coordinated the environmental education focus for the county.  During that time, I became involved with the school's science fair, and to this day, I remain a volunteer with the Central Virginia Regional Science Fair.  I enjoy watching and assisting students follow their good questions through investigation and dissemination.

Being a founding faculty member at the Central Virginia Governor's School (CVGS) for Science and Technology enabled me to combine my love of inquiry-based teaching, to design new courses, to infuse science research into meaningful high school laboratory activities and to create field study experiences. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to develop the CVGS interniship program and broaden the partnership program. My love of nature and inquiry teaching skills assisted  me in developing research field experiences for students and teachers with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Costa Rican Adventures, Bermuda Biological Station, Australian travel, and the Society for Science and the Public.

My teaching career spanning over multiple decades includes teaching biology labs at Randolph-Macon Woman's College and biology, anatomy, and physiology at Central Virginia Community College. My doctoral studies in education at Univesity of Virginia's Curry School of Education culminated with my dissertation, "Predicting the Teaching Effectiveness of Part-Time Faculty in a Community College." I investigated key indicators of effective teaching and learning. Research techniques about designing instruction became my craft that I continue refining in my work today.

In 2012, I returned to Randolph College as an adjunct instructor in the Education Department and accepted a full-time position in 2014.  Currently, I teach undergraduate education classes and Master of Arts in Teaching graduate courses and serve on the teaching faculty team for Randolph College's SCHEV summer grant for teachers.  My research involves developing project/problem based learning experiences for children and exploring to what extent curiosity is linked to inquiry-based learning.

In the Lynchburg community, I enjoy volunteering at Virginia Baptist Hospital and recognizing youth as a member of the Lynchburg Optimist Club.  My husband and I enjoy our two sproodles and two grandsons along with our three grown daughters and their families.


Roberta Parker

Adjunct Instructor in Education
B.A., M.A., California State University; Ed.S., University of Virginia

I have been an educator for 24 years. My teaching experience runs the gamut; from kindergarten to high school, students with special needs to students with extraordinary abilities, and from reading to science. I have had the pleasure of teaching in both California and Virginia.

My education began at California State University at Sacramento where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and a Master’s degree in Special Education. In Virginia, I earned an Education Specialist degree in Reading from the University of Virginia. I am currently continuing my studies at UVA, working on a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Reading.

I am passionate in my belief that every student can learn to read. I also believe that, regardless of the discipline, every teacher can learn to incorporate strategies that enhance every child’s reading and writing. It is my goal that every Randolph teacher candidate enters the field of education as an agent of change.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, and swimming. Aside from my family, my passions are reading and traveling.

Peggy Schimmoeller

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Professor of Education
B.S., University of Dayton; M.A.T., Oakland University; Ed.D., University of Virginia

I am a teacher educator and educational researcher interested in a wide range of topics related to the learning process. All children are learners and I adhere to this premise in all of the work. I received my B.S. from the University of Dayton, my master’s degree from Oakland University, and my Doctorate of Education from the University of Virginia. My areas of emphasis include special education, educational law, math and science education and teaching and learning through the college level. I joined the Randolph College community in 1993.

As an educator I have taught in Ohio, New York, Michigan and Virginia. I was drawn to students who were intelligent but performed behind their peer group in school. As a result of these experienced I pursued a master’s degree focusing on reading and learning abilities and disabilities. My doctoral studies included work in curriculum and instruction, leadership and policy studies and child development/psychology. I have worked with pre-K through high school aged students who were diagnose with mild or moderate reading and learning disabilities in a wide range of setting at both private and public schools.

My research work includes work in Bangkok, Thailand and Lahore, Pakistan where I have traveled and worked with teachers in public schools and colleges. I research how teaching and instructional practices influence student learning and classroom climate. My work includes reading, science, mathematics and college teaching practices.

During my tenure at Randolph I have worked to promote higher education and the importance of the liberal arts and its practical application to various professional career opportunities. I enjoy working with colleagues on leadership, change and transition, and strategies that help move the college forward.

I am actively involved in a variety of professional organizations including the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum, the American Education Research Association, Virginia Association for Science and Technology, and the American Association for University Women. In addition I work closely with the Jubilee Family Development Center, New Vistas Schools, and Camp Kum-Ba- Yah Environmental Center to promote learning outside of the traditional school day.

Consuella Woods

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Chair of the Education Department, Assistant Professor of Education
B.S., Bluefield State College, M.A., Lynchburg College

Education wasn't always the profession of choice for Consuella Woods. When she first entered college, she wasn't sure if teaching would be right for her. But after a few years, she learned that teaching was in her blood.

She was always helping people and always wanted everyone to meet their maximum potential: both characteristics of a successful teacher.

Today, Woods is retired, meaning she has started yet another career path -- that of a college professor. After about 34 years as a teacher and principal for local public school divisions, Woods left the world of public education to become an education professor at Randolph College.

A graduate of Bluefield State College, Woods received her master's degree from Lynchburg College and also completed work at the University of Virginia. She has worked for Prince William County Schools, Bedford County Schools and Lynchburg City Schools.

For Woods, teaching others to teach has its own rewards.

"The textbooks will tell you all of the information," she says. "But I've lived it. I have the opportunity now to help others learn to do what I did for so many years. I have the opportunity to help students become effective teachers and effective administrators."

The bottom line, she adds, is to help all students, whether they are college-aged or younger, to succeed.

Woods was the first minority female of the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals and was an officer of Phi Delta Kappa. She has served on numerous school and community organizations including Camp Child, The Lynchburg Family Physicians Board of Directors and the Lynchburg College Advisory Board.

She has been a speaker at several professional conferences including the VASSP Summer Administrators Conference and the Women's Resource Center at the University of Virginia.

Woods spends her free time reading, cooking and singing. She is active in her church and loves to spend time working with youth.

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