The faculty members in the College of the Ozarks Education department have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with our students. Our faculty members are committed to doing whatever it takes to see our students become reflective decision makers and effective teachers.
Each member of the faculty has taught for a number of years in the public schools, and therefore can share not only “book” knowledge with our students, but “practical” knowledge that will assist students in their goal to become successful educators.
Kara Swofford, Ph.D. - Associate Professor and Director of Teacher Education
Dr. Swofford began teaching in the Education Department in Fall 2007. She completed her undergraduate, masters and specialist degrees at Missouri State University and received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Arkansas. Kara taught at the elementary level for six years and served four years as a primary school principal. In 2012, she was named as Director of the Teacher Education Program.
Kerry Moore - Associate Professor
Kerry Moore joined the faculty at College of the Ozarks in Fall 2013. Mrs. Moore graduated with an elementary education/early childhood degree from Southeast Missouri State University and completed her master's degree in Reading at Evangel University. Kerry's 12-year teaching career includes teaching Kindergarten and second grade, as well as serving as a Reading Recovery/CIM Interventionist. Mrs. Moore is currently pursuing her doctorate in Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction at Evangel University.
Tina Keith, Ed.D. - Associate Professor
Dr. Keith began her College of the Ozarks' career as a member of the Education Department faculty in Fall 2012. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Lindenwood University, where she is also completed her Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership. She has 12 years of experience as a classroom teacher, most recently in fourth grade, and nine years as a Library Media Specialist. Dr. Keith also serves as a co-sponsor for the S-MSTA (Student Missouri State Teachers Association) organization on campus.
Ryan Knight - Associate Professor
Ryan Knight completed his master's degree in Educational Leadership at MidAmerica Nazarene University and is currently pursuing his doctorate through Southwest Baptist University in K-12 Administration. He joined the Education Department faculty in 2012, bringing experience as a classroom teacher and technology educator. In addition, Mr. Knight served eight years as an elementary school principal. Mr. Knight serves as co-sponsor of Kappa Delta Pi and S-MSTA. He also serves as the Director of Camp Lookout, a student staffed, weeklong, overnight, summer camp hosted by College of the Ozarks.
Colleen Hardy, EdD, Associate Professor
Dr. Colleen Hardy joined the faculty at College of the Ozarks in fall 2017. Dr. Hardy earned a terminal degree at St. Louis University in Educational Leadership. She has over 30 years experience in education. During her 15 years in public education she worked as a classroom teacher, staff development specialist and a curriculum consultatnt. As a teacher preparation faculty member in higher education she has had the opportunity to teach, develop new programs, provide leadership, and present internationally. She worked extensively with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the development of a statewide assessment system and the review of teacher preparation programs. Dr. Hardy also serves as the Coordinator for Assessment in the Education Department.
Julie Jones- Administrative Asst. and Teacher Certification Officer
Mrs. Julie Jones joined the Education Department at College of the Ozarks in the fall of 2017. Mrs. Jones earned her Bachelors of Science in Management and Masters of Organizational Leadership degrees at Evangel University. She brings extensive experience working in higher education and working with educator preparation programs. Mrs. Jones coordinates the daily operations of the Education office, verifies requirements for state certification, supervises student workers, and assists the Director of Teacher Education and the Education faculty.
Mrs. Julie Jones
Education Department at College of the Ozarks
P. O. Box 17, Pt. Lookout, MO 65726
Phone: (417) 690-2150