Deborah L. Atkinson

Assistant Professor of Education 

Office: Armington 435
Telephone: 606.218.5615

Reading and Study Skills I
Reading and Study Skills II

Master of Arts in Education with a Reading Specialist Endorsement
Cumberland College

Bachelor of Arts in English and History
Cumberland College

Deborah was born in Riverhead, Long Island, New York. She grew up loving the beaches, but learned when she went to college in Williamsburg, Ky., that she loved the mountains just as much. During her senior year of college she was invited to teach developmental reading and English classes. She enjoyed teaching the classes so much that after graduation she stayed at Cumberland College as a graduate assistant and taught developmental classes as she worked on her master's degree. In 1988, she became a full time faculty member. From 1998 to 2000, Deborah taught teacher education classes at Pikeville College. She was very happy to return to Pikeville College in 2010 to teach developmental reading courses. Deborah has five brothers and one sister; all of her family but one brother still live on Long Island.

David Ermold

Assistant Professor of English /Developmental Studies

Office: Allara 013 B
Telephone: 606.218.5464

Johnny Fleming

Assistant Professor of Developmental Mathematics 

Office: Allara 030
Telephone: 606.218.5145

Fundamentals of Mathematics
Beginning Algebra
Freshman Studies

Master of Arts in Education
Morehead State University

Bachelor of Science in Education
Pikeville College

Fleming is a native Kentuckian who has lived his entire life in eastern Kentucky. He taught middle grades mathematics in the Pike County school system for two years before joining the faculty of Pikeville College in the Fall of 2010. He enjoys spending time with his wife Candace, and his dogs Bruiser and Kimber, reading, watching movies, playing golf, and is an avid musician. You can occasionally spot him at University of Pikeville sporting events playing the trombone in the pep band and rooting for the Bears.

Shirley A. Nelson

Jean Coleman Distinguished Professor of Education

Office: Armington 441
Telephone: 606.218.5316

Assessment Strategies for the Classroom Teacher
Clinical Practice I: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in the Elementary School
Clinical Practice II: Student Teaching
Content Area Reading
Education in Kentucky
Exceptional Learners in the Inclusive Classroom
Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Classroom
Principles and Practices of Classroom Management
Reading in the Elementary School and Middle School
Students as Learners
Writing and Grammar in the Elementary School and Middle School Education

Doctor of Education in Program and Staff Development: Curriculum and Instruction
George Peabody College Vanderbilt University

Master of Arts in Education – Reading Specialist
Eastern Kentucky University

Bachelor of Arts in English and French – Secondary Education
Cumberland College

Jean Coleman Distinguished Professorship in Education, Pikeville College
Recognition Plaque for Contributions to Education Program and the Professional Education Community, Pikeville College
Selected to serve on the Accreditation Audit Committee and trained member of the state Board of Examiners Team

Dr. Nelson is a native of Tennessee but has spent most of her life in Kentucky. Before coming to Pikeville, she spent 18 years as director of the Developmental Studies Program at Cumberland College. In addition to directing the program, she taught developmental reading and English classes. She joined the Pikeville College family in 1992 as associate professor of developmental reading and English. In 1994, Dr. Nelson began teaching classes in the education division. In 1999, she was named chair of the education division. She enjoys spending time with husband John, and son Phillip, and gardening.

Amanda Jo Runyon

Assistant Professor of English 

Office: Allara 013 C
Telephone: 606.218.5345


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