Leadership Team

Board of Directors

J. TERRY GATES, President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Former Director, Teacher Education Institute, Graduate School of Education, SUNY at Buffalo
  • 43 years of K-20 teaching, administration, and teacher education at flagship universities in four states
  • Internationally known in music education
  • Ed.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in secondary education, foundations of music education; M. Music and B.S.Ed. Northern Illinois University at DeKalb

MARY E. BICKEL, Secretary/Treasurer and Program Coordinator

  • 35 years of successful K-12 music teaching, curriculum and program development in public and parochial schools
  • Designs and presents parent-child education workshops in music in partnership with public libraries
  • Ed.D. University of Rochester in curriculum, specializing in adolescent children's music response; M.Music Eastman School of Music; B.Mus. Webster University, St. Louis
  • Expert interviewer and analyst of ideas from children


  • High school teacher of English and developmental reading, The Principia School, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Presents workshops on instructional technology and peer teaching
  • MAT from Webster University, St. Louis
  • Action researcher and author on student engagement with English and reading content

SARA FABICK (emeritus)

  • 37 years of leadership in elementary classroom teaching, most at primary grades level
  • Two years of undergraduate work, Illinois State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Master's Degree and Reading Specialist certification, University of Missouri-St. Louis
  • Member of educational collaborative Cadre in Missouri


  • Award-winning teacher of mathematics and robotics, Edwardsville High School, Illinois
  • Master of Science in Operations Research, Air Force Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Ohio; graduate work in education, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Superior
  • Expert in computer-based modeling and simulation, robotics education, statistics, high school peer teaching strategies in math
  • Winner of 2006 - 2007 Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics Award, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force after 22-year career


  • Elementary classroom teacher-leader (6 years, Chicago Public Schools)
  • Ed.D. candidate at Illinois State University, in the School of Teaching and Learning
  • Certified Positive Discipline Parent & Teacher Educator
  • Presents workshops and talks on classroom management, community-building, and behavior management


  • Director, Center for Excellence and Research in Academic Advising and Student Success, NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
  • Associate Prof. of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs, Kansas State University
  • Doctoral degree in educational leadership, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Master's degree in sports administration, Illinois State University; B.A. in music, Muskingum College
  • Internationally-known leader in action research
  • Former Director of the University Assessment Office, Illinois State University; Director of Admissions, University of Alabama at Birmingham


Professional Advisory Board (teachers who have contributed ideas and materials to the Hoenny Center program)

  • Kimberly Ady - Nerinx Hall High School, Webster Groves, Missouri - high school world languages: French, German, and Yoruba
  • Evora Bickel - Ladue Middle School, Ladue, Missouri - 5th-7th grade math
  • Jerri Davenport - Principia Upper School, Town and Country, Missouri - high school English and reading
  • Peggy Emling - Edwardsville Middle School, Edwardsville, Illinois - seventh grade social studies
  • Linda Evans - West Ridge Elementary School, Greece, New York - multi-age third-fifth grade (retired)
  • Sara Fabick - Long Elementary School, Lindbergh, Missouri - second grade (retired)
  • Sr. Ginny Flowers - Immacolata Elementary School, Clayton, Missouri - first grade
  • Sandra Fultz - Watershed Nature Center, Edwardsville Public Schools, Illinois - outdoor science educator
  • Julie Good - Montgomery County Schools, Maryland - elementary coordinator
  • A. Scott Hagin - Edwardsville High School, Edwardsville, Illinois - mathematics, technology
  • Kira Hamann - Illinois State University - elementary education, curriculum
  • Lynley Harrison - LeClaire Elementary School, Edwardsville, Illinois - second grade
  • David Houser - Christian Outreach School, Hillsboro, Missouri - high school social studies
  • Shea Lox - Lincoln Middle School, Edwardsville, Illinois - middle school English language arts
  • Fritzi Smith - Living Water Academy, Glencoe, Missouri - elementary classroom
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