Meet our newest Education Faculty & Staff!
Dr. Leigh Ann Fish is coming to UMF from Troy, Ohio where she worked in public education as an elementary teacher and coordinator of gifted and talented education.
After earning her Ph.D. from Miami University in 2015, Leigh Ann decided to pursue her passion for working with the next generation of teachers… and was thrilled to find the talented and welcoming UMF community!
When not on campus, Leigh Ann enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two young daughters hiking/kayaking, exploring historical sites, and trying her hand at modern-day “homesteading” on their 18th century farm.
She will be teaching ECH 150 (Intro to Early Childhood Ed) and ECH 232 (Social Science for Young Children) this fall.
Dr. Kathryn Will-Dubyak
In her own words: “Although I am a Florida native, I arrived at UMF from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana where I was a part of the community for 23 years. I am thrilled to be here.
Teaching literacy courses to pre-service teachers is the job I have been dreaming of for quite sometime. Being able to do it in a community like Farmington is beyond my wildest dreams. My husband, Travis, and I are looking forward to getting involved in the community.
Throughout my life I have had many opportunities to work with children of varying ages. I taught in a four room school house in Big Sky, Montana where we often had to alter our recess schedules due to elk herds on the playground, and went skiing every Friday for our physical education program.
During the time in my life when I was a farmer, I established and developed science camps for preschool-aged children as well as family-to-farm summer camps where entire families learned about the origins of their food and food preparation. I also have two children who are now 18 and 20 years old. When they were younger we spent hours (and hours) every day reading.
When I am not thinking about literacy and preparing teachers for their future classrooms, I really enjoy growing and preparing food, hiking, knitting or crafting in some form, and learning new things (a.k.a. reading, reading, reading).”
Julia Jeremias is the new Early Childhood Education Off-Campus Bachelor’s Degree Program Advisor and Coordinator. Julia comes to UMF from southern Maine where she is adjunct faculty in the early childhood department at Southern Maine Community College.
After graduating from Mount Holyoke College and Lesley University, Julia started her life in education as a toddler teacher and continued in various rolls from teacher to public school administrator, until her family was transferred to Maine.
When not working, Julia enjoys hiking with her partner and son, traveling, quilting, and baking.