Graduate Assistants

The Graduate Assistants of the Department of Education & Counseling are, as our mission states, “unique and valued individuals who are committed to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge.” GA’s are an extension of our dedicated faculty who not only are furthering their own education but providing support to the department by assisting professors with their academic research.  

2018-2019 Graduate Assistants


Jose Diaz

Program: Masters of Science in Counseling, School Counseling track

Career Goal: To represent and work with elementary school students, specifically, elementary students that come from a marginalized and under-served communities. Though my interest and passion is in prevention, I will advocate for the happiness and freedom for students of all ages. Far, far in the future, I want to attain my Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership, become principle in a developing community, and teach the next generation of leaders at the collegiate level. 

What they are most excited about this summer: For now, my enjoyment will stem from the completion of my summer bucket list! This will entail everything from visiting a new beach town, to developing a new hobby, to treating a fellow stranger in need to a nice dinner in the city. 


Jocelin Rocha

Program: The Master of Arts Degree Plus PA Teacher Certification Program, first semester

Career Goal: To become an English teacher for high school students. I am particularly interested in serving the Latinx community because as a Latina, I feel that my education lacked a person that understood where I came from and could communicate effectively through common experience.

What they are most excited about this summer: I am most excited about my two summer courses on Multicultural education and English Learner courses because I could take those lessons into my future classrooms and help students that are very much like me when I was in primary and secondary school. I am also excited about the National House of Delegate conference I am attending for my fraternity in Boca Raton, Florida.  


Megan Galioto

Program: Masters in Education Plus PA Teacher Certification Program, first semester

Career Goal: To, hopefully, teach English Literature to high school students

What are they most excited about this summer: I am most excited to begin learning how to share my passion with students and to get to know the others in my program!


Amanda Moreton

Program: Masters of Science in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Track

Career Goal: To clinically work with university students as well as to receive a Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision to eventually teach.

What they are most excited about this summer: I am most excited to work in the department every week and to go on a National Park road trip with my best friend in August!

Retired Faculty

John H. Durnin, Ph.D.

Wm. Ray Heitzmann, Ph.D

Ernest Ramirez, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Connie Titone, Ed.D

In Memoriam

Richard Coletta, M.S.

Beverly Khan, Ph.D.

Thomas Rooney Jr., Ed.D.