Meet Our Faculty

The Emmanuel College Master of Education program provides students with access to some of the top education professionals in the industry. 

Learn about our education professors:

  • Education faculty backgrounds
  • Education courses they teach
  • Publications and awards

Miriam Gates

Assistant Professor of Math Education
Ph.D., Boston College; Ed.M., Temple University; A.B., Bryn Mawr College


Christine Leighton

Associate Professor of Education
Ed.D., Boston University; M.Ed., George Washington University; B.S.LA., Georgetown University


Lisa Schneier

Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., Ed.M., Harvard University; B.A., Franklin and Marshall College


Sr. Karen Hokanson, SND

Associate Dean of Education; Chair, Department of Education; Director, Carolyn A. Lynch Institute; Assistant Professor of Education
Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell; M.Ed., Boston University; B.S., Salem State College


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Christine Burke '22: Counseling with Compassion

Counseling & health psychology major Christine came to Emmanuel knowing she wanted to pursue a career in health care, and the College’s opportunities and connections for students interested in the field—as well as a neuroscience course she attended at EC Incoming—made the decision an easy one.

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Setting the Standard for Nursing Excellence

Within the Maureen Murphy Wilkens School of Nursing & Clinical Sciences, students gain the type of hands-on, practical experience that helps them emerge as well-rounded, in-demand nursing professionals.

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Nick Eline '23: Perseverance in a Pandemic

Nick grew up in a family of medical professionals—his mother and grandmother are both nurses and his father is a paramedic. “I’ve always been surrounded with medical jargon and stories of health incidents, crises, and the rewarding benefits of providing care,” he said.

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Nadel Henville '22: Creating Community Takes Center Stage

For Nadel, the stage is her “second home,” and the community she’s found within Emmanuel’s Theater program, a second family. While she originally thought she would pursue college theater as a hobby, she soon realized the work would define her student experience and provide a foundation for life beyond Emmanuel.

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Gianna Kittle '20: Advocating for Justice

Prior to coming to Emmanuel, Gianna had never heard of the field of sociology, but was very familiar and passionate about issues of crime and justice. Her time at Emmanuel helped her to not only put a name—but also, a purpose—to that passion.

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