Coletta Parsley

Chairperson, Patton College of Education
Director of Teacher Education

Office: Armington 432
Telephone: 606.218.5315


Social Studies in the Elementary School and the Middle School
Leadership for Differential Instruction


B.S. in Elementary Education
Pikeville College

M.A. in Elementary Education
Morehead State University

M.A. in School Administration
Morehead State University

Rank I in Instructional Supervision

Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership
Morehead State University


Coletta Parsley has 27 years of experience in P-12 education. She taught at the middle school level for 15 years and served as a school administrator for nine years. Before joining the faculty at the Patton College of Education, she served three years as an educational recovery specialist and leader in priority schools at the secondary level for the Kentucky Department of Education. Parsley is also a certified school improvement specialist, having earned certification from the Institute for Performance Improvement.

Parsley has served as a professional development presenter at the school, district and state levels. Her current research interest centers on rural education, including the strengths and challenges faced by rural educators and the design of teacher and principal preparation programs to prepare educators for jobs in rural schools.

Parsley's husband, David, is a retired telephone engineer and minister, and they have two children - Amy and Dave. Amy is an elementary school teacher and Dave is a mechanical engineer. Parsley and her husband are blessed with three grandchildren, James David (JD), Gabriellea and David Michael. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Deborah L. Atkinson

Assistant Professor of Education 

Office: Armington 445
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.

Theresa Goss Dawahare

Assistant Professor of Education 

Office: Armington 440
Telephone: 606.218.5962

RED 099 Reading and Study Skills II
FS 105 Foundations for Success
EDU 401 Principles of Classroom Management
EDU 410 Curriculum Instruction and Assessment/Elem
EDU 411 Clinical Practice I Elem Sch
EDU 421 Clinical Practice I High Sch

Theresa Goss Dawahare is an instructor of developmental education. In her current position, Dawahare teaches courses in reading, first year studies, and education.

Dawahare joined the University of Pikeville faculty in June of 2012. Her primary research areas of interest include incorporating reading and study skills into core academic courses and the effect of student involvement in the community on academic success. She spends much of her time with UPIKE IMPACT, a student-run organization which focuses on forging a strong bond between campus life and the community through non-profit activities and participation in city events. Instructor Dawahare has been a guest speaker at the ACA Summit (Appalachian College Association) and is currently involved in a pilot program on UPIKE’s campus involving the integration of Developmental Reading with Entry Level College courses. She has recently been published in the Kentucky Association of Developmental Education Newsletter.

Before joining the UPIKE faculty, Dawahare served for 23 years as faculty and principal at St. Francis of Assisi School also located in Pikeville. Prior to her years at St. Francis, Dawahare taught in Louisville, ky., as a special education teacher and was instrumental in writing the curriculum for behavior disordered classrooms in Jefferson County Public Schools.

Dawahare received her bachelor of arts in education and learning and behavior disorders degrees from Bellarmine University in Louisville. Her master’s in education was earned from Morehead State University.

Dawahare resides in Pikeville with her husband, Frank. They are the parents of five children. Her hobbies include: reading, hiking, camping, storytelling and spending quality time with family and friends.

James Michael King

Associate Professor of Education 

Office: Armington 441
Telephone: 606.218.5311

Clinical I
Clinical II
Content Area Reading
Diversity in the Classroom
Education in America
Introduction to Education as a Profession
Literature for Children and Young Adults
Students as Learners

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
Virginia Tech

Master of Science in Counselor Education
Radford University

Master of Science in English
Radford University

Bachelor of Science in English Education
Radford University

Dr. King is a native of the New River Valley, and grew up in Bland and Pulaski County, Va. He has taught seventh-12th grade and Governor’s School classes in Southwestern Virginia and Atlanta, Ga. He spent 15 years teaching at Radford University and 10 concurrently at New River Community College. He has worked as support staff in the dean of students office at Virginia Tech and worked with assistive technology and ADHD coaching in the services for students with disabilities office at Virginia Tech. He has also counseled for Family Preservation Services, facilitated support groups and parenting groups and has worked as a writer and graphic artist. He enjoys painting, photography, playing instruments, creative writing, gardening and being outdoors.

David M. Slone

Associate Professor of Education 

Office: Armington 415
Telephone: 606.218.5312

Math in Elementary/Middle School 1
Math in Elementary/Middle School 2
Teaching Math in High School

Rank 1 in School Leadership
Rank 1 in Instructional Supervision
M.A. in Secondary Teaching (Mathematics)
B.S. in Secondary Teaching (Mathematics)
Eastern Kentucky University

David Slone has 29 years of experience in public school system as a teacher, principal and district administrator.Through his experience and instructional strategies, Slone hopes to foster a desire for students to learn and have a greater understanding to the needs of today’s public education system. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and reading the Bible.

Council of Alternate Assessment Kentucky Dept. of Education
Pike County District Assessment Coordinator
Instructional Supervisor Pike County School System (2010-14)
Elementary School Principal (1994-2010)
High School Mathematics Teacher (1985-1994)

Classroom Assessment for Student Learning (CASL) Trainer
Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) Trainer
Math Standards Consultant
Next-Generation Learners Trainer

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