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Sally Barton-Arwood, Ph.D.


Dr. Sally Barton-Arwood joined the faculty at Belmont in 2006. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee and Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Special Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Barton-Arwood brings over 25 years of experience in the field of education at K-12 and University levels. She teaches classes in Diverse Learners, Action Research, and Classroom Management at Belmont.

Prior to joining Belmont, Dr. Barton-Arwood served as an Assistant Professor at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in the Department of Special Education. Dr. Barton-Arwood researches and publishes in the areas of positive behavior supports, literacy for students with emotional and behavioral disorders, and teacher preparation. She is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Council for Children with Behavior Disorders (CCBD), and the Teacher Education Division (TED). Annually, she presents papers at conferences including TED and the Midwest Symposium for Students with Behavior Disorders. She is also an active member with the Collaboration of Researchers in Effective School Practices.

Rachael Flynn-Hopper, Ph. D.

Rachael Flynn-Hopper

Dr. Rachael Flynn-Hopper has experience in education at the elementary, middle, and university levels. She joined the Belmont faculty in 2003 and teaches courses in literacy and works in the Professional Development School.

Prior to coming to Belmont University, Dr. Flynn-Hopper taught in Williamson County Schools in Williamson County, Tennessee, Tupelo Public Schools in Tupelo, Mississippi, and as an instructor at The University of Southern Mississippi. During these years, she conducted workshops and research in the field of literacy.

Dr. Flynn-Hopper holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University. In 2003, she completed her Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading at The University of Southern Mississippi. She currently serves as faculty advisor for Student Tennessee Education Association at Belmont University. Dr. Flynn-Hopper's area of emphasis is in literacy education. She is particularly interested in using children's literature across the curriculum to promote life-long learning, the impact of children's literature on the socialization of young readers, and methods for improving reading comprehension. Dr. Flynn-Hopper is also interested in promoting literacy within the community through ties with the university and its students. Her personal interests include family, reading, travel, and sports of all kinds.

Kate McGowan, M.A.T., Director of Clinical Practice

As a Belmont graduate, I am so happy to be working in the Belmont Education Department with our future teachers.  I graduated from Belmont University in 2001 with a Master's in the Art of Teaching, and immediately began teaching elementary school.  I enjoy supervising the teacher interns and having the opportunity to work with amazing mentors who are so dedicated to providing a positive experience for our interns. I also teach the Seminar class for the interns. During this time, we reflect on the connections between the coursework and internship, and explore the state evaluation system for teachers.