Office: Breiseth Hall
Dr. Mary I. Kropiewnicki
Dr. Mary Kropiewnicki is an assistant professor of Education.
She is the Coordinator of the Secondary Education Program and the Teacher Learning Center at Wilkes University.
She received a BS in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University, a MS in Reading from the University of Scranton, and an EdD in Educational Administration from Temple University. She holds PA certification as an elementary teacher, K-12 Reading Specialist, K-12 Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, and a Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility. She served as a teacher and principal at elementary- and middle-level schools for 19 years.
Dr. Kropiewnicki teaches undergraduate reading and...language arts courses, and graduate courses in educational assessment, research, and differentiated instruction. Her research interests are in reading education related to teacher preparation and reading comprehension instruction and in ethics in educational leadership.
Dr. Kropiewnicki has been involved in many activities...on campus including the Faculty Development Committee, the Academic Standards Committee, the Curriculum Committee, the Education Club, and Freshman Orientation.
In 2003, she founded the Reading Round-Up, a summer reading camp for regional children that is linked to an undergraduate reading course. The camp builds motivation to read and provides high-interest activities to keep students' reading skills intact while out of school.
Dr. Kropiewnicki recently received her second...research grant from the Wilkes Faculty Development Committee to continue a research study in reading education and teacher preparation.
She developed the current Education Leadership Program at Wilkes and is involved in many University initiatives at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is a frequent presenter at national, state, and regional conferences for teachers and teacher educators.
Dr. Kropiewnicki is a member of various professional organizations, including the American Educational Research Association (AERA), The PA Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators (PAC-TE), and the national, state, and regional branches of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD).
In Dr. Kropiewnicki's words...The Wilkes' Teacher Education Program is unique because we value all people and their experiences. Our Teacher Education candidates come to us with diverse backgrounds and experiences, as well as a great love of children. At Wilkes, we take our students from where they are and work with them to achieve our mission--to create "competent, caring, and ethical educators." We model these attributes in our courses and mentor our students as they progress through their professional training, often into their graduate studies.
The individualized attention, focus on recent research-based teaching strategies, and the mentoring we provide for our students make our program unique.
I enjoy teaching prospective teachers how to become effective and caring educators. I also enjoy being creative in my teaching and watching my students develop their teaching knowledge and creativity. The Education Department is very supportive of our students and of each other, which makes Wilkes a great place to learn and to teach.
The education students are dedicated to becoming the best teachers so they are diligent in their studies and child-centered in their projects and lesson planning. They truly want to work with children and adolescents so they work hard to achieve this goal. It shows in their outstanding work as students and student teachers.