Faculty & Staff


Faculty, Staff & Advisors

The Education Department is proud to introduce students to the wonderful faculty and staff that make our department the well rounded and esteemed branch of Lourdes it is today. Our faculty and staff uphold a nurturing learning environment for our students while also maintaining Lourdes' core values of community, learning, reverence, and service.

Michael Smith

Michael J. Smith, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Department of Education
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.Ed., The University of Toledo
B.Ed., The University of Toledo
Office:ASI 285
Phone 419-824-3723
Email | Faculty Page

Michael French

Michael P. French, Ph.D.
Associate Chair, Graduate & Professional Studies
Director, Master of Education
Professor, Master of Education
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
M.A., College of St. Thomas
A.B., University of Notre Dame
Office: ASI 288
Phone: 419-824-3721
Email | Faculty Page

Sr. Valerie Grondin

Sr. Valerie Grondin, O.S.F., Ph.D.
Director, Adolescence to Young Adult  Education Program
Associate Professor of Education
Advisor, Adolescence to Young Adult Education
Ph.D., Catholic University
M.A., University of Detroit
B.A., Mary Manse College
Office: ASI 279
Phone: 419-824-3948
Email | Faculty Page

Carolyn Jaksetic

Carolyn Jaksetic, M.Ed.
Director of School and Educational Partnerships
M.Ed., University of Dayton
B.A., Mary Manse College
Office: ASI 154
Phone: 419-824-3661

Christine Knaggs

Christine Knaggs, Ph.D.
Director, Middle Childhood Education Program
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Toledo
M.Ed., University of Toledo
A.B., Harvard University
Office: LCH 165
Phone: 419-517-8998
Email | Faculty Page

Sr. Rebecca LaPoint

Sr. Rebecca LaPoint, O.S.F.
Teacher Licensure Officer
Assistant Professor of Education
M.A., B.S.E., B.A., Mary Manse College
Office: ASI 157
Phone: 419-824-3843

Karen Roadruck

Karen S. Roadruck, M.Ed.
Education Student Success Coordinator
Associate Professor of Education
M.Ed., The University of Toledo
B.S., The Ohio State University
Office: ASI 281
Phone: 419-824-3821
Email | Faculty Page


Melissa Romero

Melissa Romero, M.A.
Director, Early Childhood Education Program
Advisor, Early Education
Assistant Professor of Education
M.A., New Jersey City University
B.A., Montclair State University
Office: ASI 275
Phone: 419-824-3740
Email | Faculty Page

Carol Schwartz

Carol Schwartz, Ph.D.
Associate Chair,
Undergraduate Education

Assistant Professor of Education
Ph.D., M.A., B.A., The University of Toledo
A.A., Lourdes University
Office: ASI 287
Phone: 419-824-3722

Deborah Rathburn

Deborah M. Rathbun, M.Ed.
Education Advisor/Recruiter
M.Ed., Lourdes University
B.S., Central Michigan University
Office: REH 001B
Phone: 419-517-8938

Barbara Walters

Barbara A. Walters, Ed.D.
Reading Specialist – Education
Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., Northcentral University
, University of Toledo
B.A. Bowling Green State University
Office: ASI 278
Phone: 419-824-3927
Email | Faculty Page

Office Staff

 Jackie Koch

Jackie Koch
Administrative Assistant -
Education and Social Work

Office: ASI 150
Phone: 419-824-3713

Maritza Quinones

Maritza Quinones
Administrative Assistant –
Education and Social Work

Office: ASI 150
Phone: 419-824-3715


Center for Science Education and the Environment

Sr. Rosine Sobczak

Sr. Rosine Sobczak, O.S.F., M.S.
Community Liaison, CSEE
Associate Professor of Biology
M.S., University of Detroit
B.S., Mary Manse College
Office: LCH 166
Phone: 419-824-3691


Tiffin University Program

Bob Stover

Robert Stover, M.Ed.
Coordinator,Tiffin University
Instructor of Education

M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Capital University
Phone: 419-448-3385