Dr. Beth Kania-Gosche, PhD

Chair and Professor

Letter from the chair

Dr. Kania-Gosche (Dr. Beth to her students) is Professor and Chair of Teacher Education and Certification at Missouri S&T. She taught high school English in a rural high school and is passionate about providing quality teachers to schools in the region.  Dr. Beth holds a PhD in Educational Studies from Saint Louis University, an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a BS in English Education from Southeast Missouri State.  She currently teaches the undergraduate course EDUC 3216 Reading in the Content Area, and she also has experience teaching doctoral research courses, supervising student teachers, and serving as a national site visitor.  She embraces innovative ideas to strengthen the preparation of teachers in her program and consistently seeks input from students, alumni, and other stakeholders.

Dr. Kania-Gosche is the president of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and she has served on many state workgroups and committees.  Her accomplishments include leadership of the state report card revision for educator preparation programs and development of statewide instruments such as the student teaching evaluation rubric and the alumni/employer survey.  Her goal is that every Missouri public school student has a caring, qualified teacher in their classroom.

Julia Alexander

Assistant Teaching Professor

Julia Alexander is excited to join the team in the Missouri S&T Teacher Education and Certification Department. Mrs. Alexander earned her Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Special Reading from Drury University. Her research interests include dyslexia (early detection and intervention) and phonics intervention in struggling readers. Mrs. Alexander eagerly joins the department after eleven years in elementary and middle school education. During which she served in many roles such as Leadership Committee Chair, Teacher Advisory Group representative, PLC team member, student club sponsor(s), Washington D.C./N.Y.C. trip coordinator/leader, and cheerleading coach just to name a few. She understands the pivotal role educators play in the lives of students and is mindfully enthusiastic in the opportunity to share her experiences and knowledge with the next class of great educators.

Dr. Mary Gillis, EdD, MJE

Assistant Teaching Professor

Mary Gillis comes to the Missouri S&T Teacher Education and Certification Department after a career in secondary public education. Dr. Gillis earned her doctorate in Educational Practice with an emphasis in Heritage Leadership for Sustainability, Social Justice, and Participatory Culture from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Her research interests include the development of a curricular model and methodology for empowering youth to become civically engaged citizens. Dr. Gillis joins the department after 20 years in the English Language Arts Department at Rolla High School where she served as Department Chair and Curriculum Specialist for the English Department, advised numerous school publications, and served as the English Language Arts Embedded Credit Coordinator for Rolla Technical Institute/Center. She is passionate about the important role of public education and is excited to mentor teacher candidates through coursework and the student teacher experience.  

Amanda Meek

State Specialist in Youth STEM Education and Engagement

Amanda Meek is the State Specialist in Youth STEM Education and Engagement.  Previously, she worked as the 4-H Youth Development Specialist and STEM 4-H Educator in St. Louis County. She is starting her Doctorate in Education from UMSL this fall. She received her Master's degree in Education with an emphasis in Online Educator from the University of Missouri and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Illinois College. Currently, she is leading the State 4-H STEM efforts by providing professional development opportunities and coordinating events. She is passionate about engaging girls in STEM, utilizing teen teachers, and sparking youth to pursue STEM careers. Her educational background and passion for working with youth fit well in this position as she encourages students to "learn by doing."

Dr. Michelle Schwartze, EdD

Assistant Teaching Professor

Elementary Education Advisor

Michelle Schwartze graduated in 2016 from Illinois State University with her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to that she taught for 13 years in grades ranging from 3rd through 8th, mostly in the subjects of math and science. In the fall semester 2017 she joined the Missouri S&T faculty. She teaches and advises the elementary education majors. Her research interests are constructivism, flexible seating, and STEM education. 


Phyllis Blackwell

Academic Advisor

Misty Fulliam

Business Support Specialist II