Melissa E. Bell, M.S., joins us as the Curriculum Specialist/Clinical Supervisor .Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Melissa has lived in Florida most of her life. As a high school graduate of Stanton College Preparatory school Melissa earned her B.A. from the University of North Florida and her M. S. from Nova Southeastern University. Melissa comes to UNF from Duval County Public Schools, where she has served as an intermediate Science and Mathematics teacher, a mentor teacher, a lead teacher, a Mathematics Instructional Coach and most recently as an Assistant Principal. Melissa understands the value of highly qualified teachers that are passionate about providing excellent education to all students. Melissa looks forward to working closely with EPI participants to provide a successful and productive educational experience. Melissa is an active member in the Jacksonville community, volunteering her time and talents to provide basic resources to marginalized populations as well as offering free Mathematics and adult GED tutoring. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.
Stephen S. Brown, APR, MBA (MBA, Jacksonville University) is our Instructor and is currently a Social Studies Specialist with Duval County Public Schools and an Adjunct Professor at Florida State College of Jacksonville. He brings a wealth of real-life business experience to the Educator Preparation Institute. In fact, he is a cohort 2 graduate of the program, beginning his career in education in 2008. Stephen’s experience is in middle school (grades 6, 7, and 8). He is living proof that you can have a second career in teaching and be successful, having won numerous awards including Rookie of the Year, Best All Around Teacher, Diversity Champion and five nominations for Teacher of the Year. He recently left the classroom to work directly with middle school Social Studies teachers; assisting with lesson planning, lesson modeling, rituals and routines and much more, all designed to engage our students. He’s eager to be joining the EPI staff; it’s the fulfillment of a long-time dream of giving back.
Brooke A. Cobbin, M. Ed.,is the Assistant Director of the Educator Preparation Institute. She has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students and educators. Prior to joining UNF, Cobbin served as an Assistant Principal in Duval County Public Schools. In this role, she focused on teacher leadership and school improvement. Cobbin joined the public education field in 2007 after completing the University of Florida Lastinger Center’s urban apprenticeship program in Duval County’s most high-needs schools. She currently serves in the Florida Air National Guard in Jacksonville. Cobbin holds a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Florida and Bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology from The Ohio State University. She is pursuing her Doctoral degree in educational leadership with an emphasis on urban educator preparation at the University of North Florida. She enjoys reading urban education research, traveling and spending time with family.
Starlet D. Wilder, M.Ed. recently joined the faculty team at EPI as an experienced clinical supervisor.
She earned her B.S. at Southern Connecticut State University, her M.Ed. at the University of Bridgeport and a 6th year degree also at the University of Bridgeport. She is no stranger to education having spent numerous years working in large multi-ethic urban school districts as a teacher, teacher coach, principal, personnel director and finally Director of Personnel and Labor Relations during her tenure in Bridgeport and New Haven, Connecticut. After moving to Florida she worked as an adjunct professor and clinical supervisor in the Office of Educational Field Experiences here at UNF where she closely guided the educational interns through the process for successfully completing all internship requirements.
Starlet always understood, from the beginning of her career in education, the importance of being ‘properly prepared” and has focused on being a role model while providing in-depth feedback to the teachers and students under her supervision. Furthermore, maintaining good relationships and encouraging members of the communities she served to become involved in their children’s education and education in general has always been a priority on her “bucket” list.
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