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Dean of the College of Education

Dr. Constance Wright | Dean of the College of Education

Dr. Constance Wright

Dean of the College of Education

Dr. Wright is a native of Asheville, North Carolina. She comes from a long lineage of educators. Most of her family and extended family has served in the educational field, whether it was as a teacher, principal, or Superintendent of a school system. Education has been a major influence in her life...

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Early Childhood Education Department

Ann Aust | Chair of Early Childhood Education Department

Ann Aust

Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department

Ann Aust specializes in teaching reading methods and assessment. She attended Wake Forest University and received her bachelor's degree in K-6 education. After working as a teacher in the early childhood setting, she earned her Master of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in school administration. She was granted a fellowship by the same university and pursued a Doctor of Education in school leadership. She served for 10 years as a public school administrator in North Carolina before coming to NGU. Aust is married and has two children and two puppies. She loves elephants and sea turtles.

Joy Arledge | Instructor

Joy Arledge

Instructor

Joyce Arledge serves as an instructor of early childhood education and as the Teacher Cadet coordinator at NGU. She earned a bachelor's in early childhood education from Lander University and master's in teaching from Furman University. She taught as an elementary teacher in the Greenville County School System before retiring and joining NGU. Arledge is married and has two sons. Both sons are NGU graduates. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Glenda Boone | Professor

Glenda Boone

Professor

Glenda Boone serves as a professor of Math and Science Methods, Behavior, and Family/Community Relations at NGU. She has an extensive background in the teaching of reading and educational psychology. Boone earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education at Southern Nazarene University. She has previously taught at Cleveland Tennessee School District and the East Baton Rouge Parish. She attained an Master of Education in elementary education from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Doctor of Education in early childhood education from the University of Georgia. Before coming to NGU, she worked as a professor of education at Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Emmanuel College. Boone is married and has two daughters and three grandchildren. She enjoys traveling and reading. 

Gail Smith | Instructor

Gail Smith

Instructor

Gail Smith serves as an instructor of early childhood education at NGU. She earned her bachelor's in elementary education from the University of South Carolina. She holds a master's in teaching and has a reading specialist endorsement from the University of South Carolina. Smith is a retired teacher, having taught for over 40 years in the Greenville County School District. Smith is married and has two children. She loves her dog, and she enjoys traveling.

Elementary Education Department

Dr. Michele Schaich | Chair of Elementary Education

Dr. Michele Schaich

Chair of the Elementary Education Department

Dr. Michele Schaich serves as department chair for the Elementary Education Department at NGU. She received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction at Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina. She also holds a master's in special education and a bachelor's in education, both from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Schaich has enjoyed many roles in public education: assistant principal, literacy coach, district lead reading specialist, Title I reading teacher, special education teacher, and fourth-grade teacher. She lives on a 500-acre farm in Western North Carolina with her husband, horses, dogs, and cats. They have one son who attends NGU. Schaich and her family enjoy spending time at Atlantic Beach, N.C.

Ellen Cashion | Director of Teacher Education

Ellen Cashion

Director of Teacher Education

Ellen Cashion serves as the director of teacher education at NGU. She taught special education in Greenville County for 19 years and then taught fourth grade for nine years in Greenville County. She has lived in the Upstate her entire life. Cashion is married and has a son and great daughter-in-law and two wonderful grandkids. She is blessed to see her over-90-years-old mom daily. Cashion and her husband love to travel and enjoy God's beautiful world. In her spare time, after time with her grandkids, she likes to cook and read.

Melissa Cruver | Associate Professor

Dr. Melissa Cruver

Associate Professor

Dr. Melissa Cruver serves as an associate professor in the College of Education at NGU. She earned her doctorate in curriculum and development from Bob Jones University and her master's in reading from Furman University. Prior to her time at North Greenville University, Cruver taught in the Greenville County public schools and spent time as a stay-at-home mother. She currently lives with her husband Dan and their three children in Travelers Rest, where she enjoys the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail and working out at the YMCA.

Secondary Education Department

Andy Hodges | Chair of the Secondary Education Department

Andy Hodges

Chair of the Secondary Education Department

Andy Hodges serves as the chair and placement coordinator of the Secondary Education Department at NGU. He received his Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina. He worked as a public school band director for 21 years, and then he worked as an assistant principal in Spartanburg County School District 4 for 17 years. Hodges and his wife Kathy are the parents of Nathan, Heather, and Mary Kathryn and the grandparents of of Boone, Maddox, Brianna, and Caleb. All three children and one son-in-law are teachers. Hodges enjoys bicycling and reading about American history. 

Jill Branyon | Coordinator of the Mathematics Secondary Education Program

Jill Branyon

Coordinator of the Mathematics Secondary Education Program

Jill Branyon serves as the coordinator of the mathematics secondary education program at NGU. She earned her doctorate from the University of South Carolina. She taught in Lexington, S.C., and in Kenya, Africa, before coming to NGU. Branyon enjoys mission work. She encourages her students to consider serving as missionaries and/or teaching abroad in addition to holding their teaching jobs in the U.S. 

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