About Us

We’re teacher educators striving to make the work of teacher preparation visible.

Jen Newton, PhD is an assistant professor in early childhood special education.  Dr. Newton’s research interests include strengths-based approaches to families, early childhood inclusion, inclusive teacher preparation, and socially just and equitable educational practices.  She regularly presents locally, regionally, and nationally on a range of inclusive educational topics.

She served as an early interventionist and an inclusive prekindergarten teacher prior to pursuing doctoral studies.  Dr. Newton earned her doctorate in special education from the University of Kansas and spent four years as an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., then three years at Saint Louis University before finding her home at Ohio University.

I am passionate about preparing and supporting high quality teachers.  I believe each and every child has strengths and is worthy of respect. I am committed to learning as much as I can from as many people as I can!  I talk a lot and have strong opinions – or so I am told.


MiraMira Cole Williams, PhD is an assistant professor in inclusive early childhood education and exceptional education. That means I prepare future educators to go out into this world and do AMAZING things…I always tell my students…small actions can ignite large change, it starts with YOU today!


Teaching is not apples and pencils and ABCs. Teaching is learning, engaging, provoking, political, and, yes, teaching is intellectual.