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K-12 Educational Administration Ed.D. Ambassadors

If you would like to know more about the Ed.D. program from a student's perspective, please contact one of our students below:


John Tafelski is a full time student in the educational leadership doctoral program. John worked as a business education teacher and football coach before becoming the principal of Crestwood High School, one the top high schools in Michigan. The Michigan Association of School Boards awarded his school the Excellence in Education Award this year. John is humbled by the opportunity to be a MSU student and has made numerous important contributions thus far.





Catina Mason joined the MSU doctorate in educational leadership cohort with an interest in educational policy. She is a proud mother and passionate math educator who supports schools with improving teacher and leader capacity. Catina does consultation for school districts in Michigan and has also worked as a state monitor for school support and accountability. After her studies at MSU, she plans to advocate equal educational access for underserved populations in Washington.





Jerry McDowell joined the doctoral program in educational leadership with an interest in community development and school organization. After graduating from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he worked as a high school science teacher and Teach for America Corps member. Jerry also served as an elementary school teacher and principal. He is currently the Superintendent of Whitehall District Schools. His early experience in the MSU cohort has provided diverse perspectives and new insights and learnings.





Keith Cravotta is a student in the doctorate in educational leadership program at MSU. His specific educational interests include developing leadership skills in adults and students, transforming instruction to meet the needs of the 21st-century learner, and using written communication to promote accomplishments, achievements, and benefits of public schools. Keith hopes to apply his research and coursework to principal-ship and make a positive impact for as many public education students as possible.  






Stu Cameron joined the doctorate in educational leadership cohort at MSU after completing his first year as the Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Imlay City Community Schools. He began his career as a seventh grade Mathematics and Language Arts teacher. Following his work in the classroom, Stu served as a middle school dean of students, elementary principal, and high school principal all within the same district. Stu is a graduate of Central Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University and have celebrated over eighteen decorated years in education.




Holly Heaviland is in her second year of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. She has worked at Washtenaw Intermediate School District for over 10 years where she has served the community in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Community & School Partnerships. She also works with the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators on educational reform projects.She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and her Master's and Education Specialist degrees are both from Miami University (Ohio). 




Dedrick Martin is in his second year of the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program. He worked as a teacher and administrator in several roles in Missouri City, Texas before serving as the director of equity and achievement for the Champaign, Ill. unit four school district. Martin, a Muskegon, Michigan native was named superintendent of Ypsilanti public schools in 2009. In May of 2013, Dedrick was named the superintendent of St. Johns Public Schools.