Pamela Bailey

Assistant Professor

Bailey_PamelaDr. Pam Bailey holds a BS from West Virginia State College in secondary mathematics education. She also earned a MA in education, specializing in diverse learners, from the University of Phoenix. Her PhD is from George Mason University where her degree was in mathematics education leadership with a minor in administration and supervision.

Prior to coming to MBC, Dr. Bailey was employed at George Mason University as an assistant professor teaching courses in mathematics education and secondary mathematics education. She also worked for several years as the secondary mathematics coordinator in Spotsylvania County Schools and as a secondary math teacher in Stafford and Westmoreland Counties.

Dr. Bailey became part of the MBC faculty in 2014 teaching in the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Adult Degree programs. She also works as an advisor, assisting and guiding students as they pursue higher education.

As an active member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Dr. Bailey has presented at several state, regional, and national conferences. Her research interests include leadership for school change involving mathematics education leaders (mathematics specialists) and the transformation of mathematics instruction using rich tasks and constructivist approaches.

Tiffany Barber

Associate Professor

Barber_TiffanyDr. Tiffany Barber holds a BA from James Madison University in Philosophy and a Virginia Teacher’s License in NK-4 Elementary Education.  She also earned both a MEd in the Social Foundations of Education and a PhD in School Administration and Policy with an endorsement in K-12 Administration from the University of Virginia.

Prior to coming to MBC, Dr. Barber taught in grades K-4th in Virginia public schools. She was employed for a number of years in Albemarle County, VA.

Since 2005, Dr. Barber has been a part of the faculty at the Charlottesville campus of the Adult Degree Program. She works as an advisor to students in the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure program. In addition, she has taught courses in the Foundations of American Education, Elementary Teaching Methods and has supervised many student teachers.

Dr. Barber is active in Albemarle County PTOs and also serves as a School Board appointee to the Long Range Planning and Advisory Committee.

Emily Ely

Assistant Professor

Ely_EmilyDr. Emily Ely is an Assistant Professor of Reading Education at Mary Baldwin College. In addition to teaching, Dr. Ely advises graduate students and is developing a reading endorsement program. She also conducts research on teacher education and literacy instruction, and presents findings at conferences such as the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).

Prior to joining the faculty at MBC, Dr. Ely taught kindergarten in an Extended Foreign Language program in Miami, Florida; trained K-5th grade teachers as a reading coach; instructed undergraduate and graduate level courses at the University of Virginia (UVA) on literacy instruction, reading diagnosis and remediation, special education, assessment, and English Language Learners; supervised student teachers; and taught music to preschoolers. She served as Chair of the Scholarship and Professional Development Committee of Education Council at UVA in which she organized events to improve teacher readiness and promote transfer of research into the classroom. Additionally, she volunteered her time training teachers in Rwanda.

Dr. Ely earned her BA in Elementary Education and her MEd in Reading Education K-12 from the University of Miami, and her PhD in Special Education from the University of Virginia. Through teaching and research, she aims to improve the outcomes of students at-risk for or with learning disabilities by enhancing the quality of reading instruction in economically and culturally diverse settings. In 2013, the Teacher Education Division of CEC granted her an Outstanding Publication Award.

James Harrington


james_harringtonDr. James Harrington came to Mary Baldwin College in 1983 and served as director of the Adult Degree Program from then until 1992. Since joining the education faculty, Dr. Harrington has taught in the Residential College for Women, the Adult Degree Program, the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program, and the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. His academic specialties include governance and public policy in education and he teaches Foundations in Education, Literature for Children and Adolescents, Meaning and Purpose in Teaching and Learning, and Public Policy in Education. During his sabbatical in the spring semester of 2008, Harrington served as Scholar in Residence in the Virginia General Assembly, working with the Education Committee of the House of Delegates to observe the legislative process first hand.

Dr. Harrington served for nine years on the Staunton City School Board, including three different terms as its chairman. Dr. Harrington believes, “it is vitally important that teacher preparation programs be closely aligned with the needs and aims of the school divisions in which our graduates will teach. It is a single privilege to be associated with the preparation of so many fine individuals who will become tomorrow’s teachers in our community and throughout the Commonwealth.”

James C. McCrory


jim_mccroryDr. McCrory graduated from the University of Virginia in 1972 with a BA in Psychology then remained in Charlottesville for the next eight years to earn an MEd, to teach in the public schools for four years, and to earn an EdD in 1980. Following five years working as an Assistant Professor of Education at Birmingham-Southern College, he moved back to Virginia to begin teaching at Mary Baldwin College. Along the way, he and his wife raised four children and are blessed with five grandchildren.

Dr. McCrory’s greatest joy at MBC is teaching. He has been fortunate to teach students in the Residential College for Women, in the Adult Degree Program, and in Graduate Education programs. Professional activities through the years have included serving as President of two state level associations, one of which was the Virginia Association of College and Universities with Teacher Education. He was one of four authors of the position statement of the American Association of College and Universities with Teacher Education.

Dr. McCrory has written papers and made presentations at national conferences, but his highest professional joy has been in the college classroom with MBC students.

Rachel Potter


Rachel MBC pic (1)While pursuing secondary education (social studies) as an undergraduate at the College of William & Mary, Dr. Potter was fortunate enough to student teach in a school that placed high value on collaboration and inclusive practices. She was drawn to continue her education at William & Mary through a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction (special education). She completed the program and accepted a position as a special education teacher in the Shenandoah Valley. During that time, Dr. Potter found herself called to explore coursework in leadership and supervision, moving into administrative and supervisory roles at both the central office and school level. Upon completion of her doctorate from the University of Virginia, she accepted a position as a principal of a juvenile detention facility in central Virginia. She began to teach part-time for Mary Baldwin College as well, moving into a full-time administrative role in 2011. In 2013, Dr. Potter became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, and is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine to practice in that field.

Dr. Potter is a passionate advocate for public education, and enjoys examining how our College of Education effectively shapes the next generation of inquiry-minded practitioners. She has a particular interest in preparing students to work with diverse populations of varying experiences, abilities, and interests. Her research and professional development activities center mostly around topics related to Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis.

Stephanie Sebolt

Assistant Professor

Sebolt (2)Dr. Stephanie Sebolt is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Mary Baldwin College. She holds a BA from Mary Washington College with certification to teach NK-4. She received her MA and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Curriculum and Instruction with certification to teach French K-12 and English as a Second Language K-12.

Dr. Sebolt began her teaching career as an English as a Second Language teacher in Roanoke County in 1993. She was named Roanoke County Teacher of the Year for 2014-15. In addition, she has done adjunct teaching for the University of Mary Washington, Roanoke College, and Virginia Tech in their education programs.

Dr. Sebolt is actively involved in TESOL and VATESOL, professional organizations for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. She enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, wildlife rescue, and spending time with her family. She lives in Salem, VA with her husband, three sons, a dog, and two cats. Research interests include second language acquisition, teaching diverse students, and promising practices in teacher education.

Alice Waddell

Assistant Professor

Roanoke_AliceWaddellAfter spending eighteen years as an administrator in public education, Dr. Waddell became a member of the Mary Baldwin College family as a College Supervisor of Student Teachers in 2004, later as a part-time Assistant Professor of Education and presently as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Education. She also serves as an Academic Advisor for graduate students at the Regional Office at the Roanoke Higher Education Center. She teaches Elementary, Middle and Secondary Methods in the Adult Degree Program.

After graduating with a BS in Political Science from Radford College, Dr. Waddell began her career as a social studies teacher at the secondary level.  She later taught at the middle school level and served as an elementary principal. She received a MEd in Educational Administration from James Madison University and a EdD in Educational Administration from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Waddell’s true joy in life is seeing others fulfill their potential as teachers and community leaders. Giving back to our communities is a lifelong passion for her.  She presently serves on the Rockbridge Public Schools Education Foundation and the Board of Directors for Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for the Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity and the Lexington High Alumni Association.

Tamra Willis

Associate Professor

Willis_TamraDr. Tamra Willis is an associate professor in the College of Education at Mary Baldwin.  With a focus on “outdoor learning,” Dr. Willis teaches a variety of courses for both pre-service and in-service teachers. In addition, she directs the Master of Education in Environment-Based Learning (EBL), a program designed for K-12 teachers and outdoor educators who use the natural environment to teach all subjects. Dr. Willis has obtained a number of grants involving partnerships between MBC, school divisions, natural resource agencies, and industries. The projects provide professional development for teachers and support their efforts to implement environment-based education programs with their students.

A former elementary teacher, Dr. Willis strives to improve the system in ways that make learning more relevant and engaging for both K-12 students and educators. The EBL program is all about real-world connections to learning, so that students get a chance to explore the world around them, investigate the natural order of things, and discover for themselves how others perceive the world. Students are able to study every subject as they research, investigate, and debate issues, draw their own conclusions about challenges facing the world and develop and act upon possible solutions. One primary goal is to eliminate the question, “Why do we have to learn this?”

Dr. Willis earned her BS in elementary education from Appalachian State University; MS in middle grades education from James Madison University; and PhD in environmental science education and leadership from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds a Virginia teaching license in Early Education Nk-4 and Middle Grades 4-8. Dr. Willis is active in a number of state, regional, and national organizations related to children and nature. In 2013, she receive the Virginia Environmental Education (EE)  award called “The Otter” for her work promoting EE with teachers and building the capacity of EE in the Commonwealth.