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EPI Instructional Team

Donna Ayers, M.S., serves as a Clinical Supervisor for the Urban Educator Preparation Institute. Donna received a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Cortland. She continued her education at Georgia Southern University where she received a M.S. degree in Early Childhood Education and at the University of North Florida where she received a M.S. degree in Educational Leadership. Donna recently retired from Duval County Public Schools after 35 years. During that time she was a classroom teacher (K-3), ESE teacher, Teacher Instructional Support, Reading Coach and Reading Interventionist. During her time as a Reading Coach, Donna completed her Reading Endorsement classes. She passed her love of reading onto many students even those who were labeled nonreaders. Donna was very involved in both school-based and district level committees. She chaired the committee that created the current K-1 Report Card and facilitated the district wide training of teachers on how to use the report card. Donna has worked with new teachers and interns during most of her career. She believes in growing knowledgeable and innovative teachers who can motivate all students to reach or exceed their full potential.


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.


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.