Dr. LaPrade is an alumnus of GCU. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English Writing and Sociology in 1990 and her Master of Education degree in 2000. She holds a Teaching Certificate and a Principal Certificate from Arizona and earned her Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Capella University; her doctoral dissertation examined the effects of a de-tracking initiative to help decrease the achievement gap for marginalized students in an Honors and Advanced Placement English program.
Dr. LaPrade has been an educator in and out of the classroom for almost 20 years. Her area of concentration included best teaching and assessment practices and instructional leadership.
In addition, Dr. LaPrade serves as adjunct professor for the College of Doctoral Studies. Her experience includes course development and assessment design. She teaches a variety of leadership courses, while also serving on several doctoral committees.
Dr. LaPrade is married and has four grown children and two dogs. In her spare time she loves to sail, read, cook, and exercise. She also enjoys traveling; her favorite trips involve the ocean.
Dr. Deborah Rickey is currently serving as the Assistant Dean in the College of Education at Grand Canyon University. As the Assistant Dean for Unit Effectiveness, Dr. Rickey is responsible for ensuring the College has all the necessary processes in place to help each student develop into an exceptional teacher. Dr. Rickey received her Ph.D in Education from Capella University, her Master's Degree from Portland State University, and her Bachelor's Degree from George Fox College. During her tenure in education, she has been a classroom teacher, a high school principal, a university faculty member and supervisor, and director of graduate programs in education.
Dr. Rickey's research interests include educational leadership, learning theories, professional development, critical thinking, and the use of action research in schools and classrooms. She has worked with numerous school districts and leadership on school improvement initiatives and teacher professional development. Recently she co-authored a book, The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence with long-time educator Dr. Richard Sagor.
Her teaching interests include educational administration, action research, literacy across the curriculum, history of education, teaching for learning, and all areas of teacher preparation. Debbie and her husband, recent Arizona transplants, have 3 grown children and their families who all live in the Phoenix area. In her spare time you will find Dr. Rickey in the company of her family!
Executive Director of Educational Outreach
Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick is Executive Director of Educational Outreach for College of Education. Additionally, she is the counselor for GCU's Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education as well as GCU's Future Educators' Association (FEA). She obtained her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University/Phoenix, her Master's degree in Multicultural Education from San Diego State University and her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University.
In her role as Executive Director of Educational Outreach, Dr. Gilpatrick oversees GCU's Early Learning and Development Center and Lopes for Literacy which is the College's service outreach initiative. Additionally, she facilitates professional development webinars and faculty meetings for the COE's online Faculty.
Her research interests revolve around diversity, literacy and educational leadership. She has fulfilled a variety of roles as an educator for over 20 years. At the beginning of her career, she was a third and fourth grade English as a Second Language Teacher. Prior to joining GCU, she was the Instructional Specialist, Chair of the Reading Department and Coordinator for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) at a junior high school. Furthermore, she was an adjunct instructor at Maricopa County Community Colleges where she taught English as Second Language Courses as well as Education courses.
She and her husband of 26 years have three children ages 23 to 15. Their weekends are filled by visiting with family and friends, shopping, and service in their faith community.