Executive Administrative Assistant to the Dean
Connie joined the College of Education team in December 2009, and she is the Executive Administrative Assistant to Dr. Kimberly LaPrade. Prior to that time, Connie was employed for 11 years at a local school district. Most of that time was spent at the K-6 school level.
In 1989, Connie and her two daughters, moved from Ohio to Arizona. She has worked in corporate America in a number of different administrative positions (banking, legal, real estate development, and property management). While raising her family and working full time, Connie finally accomplished her long-term goal of earning her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management as well as a Human Resources Certificate from the University of Phoenix. Connie has also been a Notary Public for the State of Arizona for many years.
Since Connie was raised with four brothers, she enjoys being a spectator at most sporting events. She loves traveling and spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren, who live in Arizona and Florida.
Director of Academic Excellence
Dave Smith is Director of Academic Excellence in the College of Education. As DAE, Dave is responsible for monitoring and reporting on all effectiveness and assessment issues related to the College.
Dave spent nearly twenty years in various management positions with a major telecommunications provider in the Midwest, and worked as a consultant for several years before entering proprietary education in 2002. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member, and served as dean for several small proprietary schools prior to joining Grand Canyon University. He currently teaches at GCU for the Colangelo College of Business in the undergraduate and graduate programs.
Dave has a B.A. in Management, and an M.B.A. in Quantitative Analysis and Finance, all from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He and wife Jackie moved to Phoenix in June of 2008.
Eva St. Arnauld
Director of Clinical Practice
Eva M St. Arnauld is currently serving as the Director of Clinical Practice for the College of Education at Grand Canyon University. In this role she is responsible for the oversight of all practicum experiences, outreach support through the GCU promise, as well as alternative pathways for teacher certification. Eva received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University in 2003, her master's degree in Education Administration in 2009, and is currently working toward a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education from Grand Canyon University.
Eva is the former Director of Student Success for the Center for Learning and Advancement where she organized academic support and programs for both undergraduate and graduate level students. There, she worked with a variety of student success initiatives, working closely with student services to support overall success, satisfaction and achievement of all students. Prior to joining Grand Canyon University Eva worked in public education for eight years and demonstrated leadership in educational technology, data analysis and student achievement. Eva's research interests include the dynamic evolution of public education and teacher preparation as well as the integration of virtual practicum experiences with online and distance education.
Assessment and TaskStream Coordinator
Gina is an alumnus of Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. She earned a Master of Education from NAU with emphasis in leadership and continues to have a certification in Education Administration. For 16 years, she worked full-time as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in the Tempe Elementary School District. She earned eligibility into the Project Venture grant program and for the last 10 years of teaching, her classroom was a fully integrated technology classroom with 7 desktop computers and a mobile laptop cart as well as access to the SMART Board. She also served as the assessment coordinator for 10 years and school Administrative Designee. In July 2008, she joined Grand Canyon University and the COE family.
Currently, Gina is the Assessment and TaskStream Coordinator for the College of Education. Her goal is to help students utilize and discover the strength of their TaskStream e-Portfolio to showcase the excellent work they presented while expanding their professional skills and competencies. She further hopes to inspire and assist COE Faculty to use and explore the TaskStream tools for professional development in lesson planning, web page building, and rubric creation. Gina has been teaching online courses regularly since 2008 and has been twice acknowledged as one of our best online instructors by the GCU Faculty Acknowledgement Program. She serves as a faculty Mentor for new online instructors to share her knowledge and expertise of online class management and engagement.
Coordinator of Initial Academic Programs
Lindy Gaudiano is the Coordinator of Initial Academic Programs for the College of Education. She has worked at Grand Canyon University for three years and has had the opportunity to work in student services, the Office of Academic Records and Academic Affairs. Prior to working with GCU she received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Arizona State University and had teaching experience in a first grade classroom. Lindy recently finished her Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education degree. She is an Arizona native and enjoys spending weekends with her husband relaxing, finding new local restaurants to try and traveling.
Clinical Practice Specialist
Tracy has experience teaching junior high science, and primary grades at the elementary level. She has spent 5 years working in higher education in the College of Education at a local university. She also has served as an Adjunct Faculty for GCU teaching undergraduate and graduate education courses.
Tracy has a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where she student taught and earned her Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential. Upon relocating to Phoenix, Arizona, she obtained her AZ teaching certification, and she earned a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with a focus on Technology, from GCU.
Clinical Practice Specialist
Alexi Linn is currently serving as a Clinical Practice Specialist. She first joined Grand Canyon University in June of 2011 and has previously worked for the College of Education as a Field Experience Specialist. In her current role, she will be assisting students seeking their Arizona Certification through the Arizona Alternative Pathway Program.
She received her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona, and her Master of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. Alexi has experience teaching 10th-12th grade American and world history, American government and economics. Alexi is an Arizona native and enjoys spending her free time with her husband, two children and two dogs.
Unit Effectiveness Project Manager
Julianne Brett is currently serving as the Unit Effectiveness Project Manager. She first joined Grand Canyon University in August of 2009 and has worked as an Academic Counselor for both the College of Education and International Division. More recently, she was a Clinical Practice Specialist in the College of Education. In her current role, she assists in developing clinical practice related processes, as well as, manages and coordinates information required for national accreditation.
She received her bachelor's degree in Media Studies from Penn State University, her post- baccalaureate teaching certification in Elementary Education from West Chester University, and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading with an Emphasis in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. Prior to relocating to Arizona, Julianne had experience working with upper-elementary students in inner-city Philadelphia.
While living most of her life as an East-Coaster, Julianne now enjoys the beautiful, warm weather of Phoenix. Aside from work, she enjoys reading biographies, traveling, frequenting local restaurants, and spending time with her husband, young daughter and Boston terrier.