Beth Toland joined Allen in the fall of 2009. Earning her degrees from the University of Kansas, Beth is certified in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Beth is a local advocate for young children, organizing the Allen County Preschool Coalition, initiating the preschool class for the Heritage Arts program in collaboration with the Bowlus Fine Arts Center and the science camp for young children at the College. Beth is a member of the National Association for Young Children and the Kansas chapter KAEYC. Her areas of expertise include developmentally appropriate practices, working with children with special needs, and assessment. Beth is also a Professional Development Specialists for the Council for Professional Recognition. Before coming to Allen, she taught kindergarten, first, fourth, and fifth grades in the Alexandria, Virginia Public School District.
Angela Ryan-Davis began teaching for Allen in 2011. With her master's in Early Childhood Education from Emporia State University and endorsements in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Angela provides expert knowledge and experience working with infants and toddlers and children with special needs. Ms. Davis has a diverse work experience having provided home-based child care, worked in the ESU Center for ECE as a toddler teacher, and currently as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher for the Flint Hills Special Education Cooperative. Angela was the Special Education Teacher of the Year in 2012.
Karen Neal joined Allen in 2013. She is a special education coordinator for the Raytown School District and spends a great deal of her time training staff and paraprofessionals for the school district. With a Bachelor's of Arts in Elementary Education and two Master's, Karen provides strong leadership in working with children with special needs. Karen is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children, the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders, and the National Education Association
Janet Bates began teaching for Allen in 2010. With her master's in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Kansas, Janet's expertise is in preschool and early elementary settings. Since 1993, Janet has been an itinerant special education teacher supporting the inclusion of young children in community preschool and childcare programs such as Head Start. She has been a field based consultant for the Inclusive Network of Kansas and has also taught as an adjunct for the University of Kansas. Janet is a member of the National Education Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Dr.Tara Azwell joined Allen as an adjunct after retiring from Emporia State University. She brings a BS from Pittsburg State University in Elementary Education, a MS from Kansas University in Early Childhood Education, an Ed.S. in Reading from Emporia State University and a Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Reading and Early Childhood Education. She has taught kindergarten, first, second and third grades, and university undergraduate and graduate students. She has coauthored four professional books in the areas of curriculum and instruction, cooperative learning, assessment and reading strategies as well as numerous journal articles. She was selected as Kansas Reading Teacher of the Year. Before her work in higher education, she taught elementary school in Shawnee Mission, Topeka and Osage City, Kansas.
Becky French started her healthcare career after high school as a public relations representative at Labette County Hospital and worked her way through nursing school. During her twenty five years as a registered nurse she enjoyed working in oncology/hematology, intensive care, cardiac care, open heart team, dialysis, trauma, medical/surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, recovery room, home health, home infusion, hospice, rehabilitation, and administration. While raising her young children she returned to school to complete her BS in Psychology. As her children began to enter school, she began to focus on becoming a nurse practitioner. Ultimately, Becky's goal was to complete her doctorate in nursing, which became a reality May 2014 at KU School of Nursing. Dr. French is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, American College of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau, Intravenous Nurse Society, and the Editorial Staff of The Journal of Infusion Nursing.