Dean of the College of Education
Constance Wright, Ed.D.
Dean of the College of Education
Dr. Constance 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
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Early Childhood Education Department
Ann Aust, Ed.D.
Chair of the Early Childhood Education Department
Dr. 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
Glenda Boone, Ed.D.
Dr. 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, M.Ed.
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
Michele Schaich, Ed.D.
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, M.Ed.
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, Ed.D.
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, M.Ed.
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, Ed.D.
Coordinator of the Mathematics Secondary Education Program
Dr. 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.