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.
Danita Frazier, Ed.D. - Associate Professor
Dr. Frazier joined the faculty at College of the Ozarks in 2003. She obtained her master's degree in Educational Administration and her Specialist in Education through Missouri State University. She completed her doctorate at St. Louis University. Danita was a public school teacher and administrator for 17 years, serving seven years as a classroom teacher and ten years as a middle school principal. Dr. Frazier also serves as a co-sponsor for the S-MSTA (Student Missouri State Teachers Association) organization on campus.
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.
Nancy Finn - Administrative Asst. and Teacher Certification Officer
Nancy Finn handles the day-to-day operations of our office, verifies certification requirements for our majors, supervises our student workers, and assists the Director of Teacher Education. Mrs. Finn joined the Education Department in Fall of 2013 and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our program.
Mrs. Nancy Finn
Education Department at College of the Ozarks
P. O. Box 17, Pt. Lookout, MO 65726
Phone: (417) 690-2150