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Meet the Staff

Stephen W. Tonelson EdD

Grant Director

Stephen Tonelson is a Professor of Early Childhood and Special Education at Old Dominion University. He earned his EdD from the University of Virginia and has served on the faculty at the University of Virginia in both the College of Education and the College of Medicine. He began his career in education as a third grade teacher and has teaching experience in general education and in special education. Steve has published numerous articles, monographs, and book chapters addressing the education of children at risk and children with mild disabilities and their families. He has received almost $20,000,000.00 in grants from the Virginia Department of Education, private foundations, and the federal government. He also has extensive experience in program evaluation, especially in the areas of substance abuse and individuals and families with special needs. He serves as a consultant to a number of school divisions and agencies throughout the region and presently is a board member of the Norfolk Public Schools. Steve and other CSEEP faculty were named as co-winners of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 2005. In 2006, he and CSEEP were awarded the American Council for Rural Education's Exemplary Program Award.

Robert A. Gable, PhD

Grant Co-Director

Robert Gable is the Constance F. and Colgate W. Darden Professor and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University. Before coming to Old Dominion University, he was on the faculty of special education at the University of Pittsburgh and George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Bob is a Research Fellow with the American Institute of Research, Washington, DC. He has written over 250 articles, textbooks, chapters, or monographs on academic assessment and instruction, functional behavioral assessment, professional collaboration, and differentiating instruction for students with diverse learning needs. He is Executive Editor of Preventing School Failure and the Journal of Alternative Schooling and serves on the editorial board of numerous other professional journals. Individually and with colleagues, he has secured external grants totaling $20 million dollars to support research and service-related projects from various sources, including private foundations, state departments of education, and federal agencies. Bob works closely with state departments of education and staff development personnel in school divisions throughout the United States and beyond. He is a past President of the Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD). An additional honor includes being a co-winner of the prestigious Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teaching from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in 2005

Ann S. Maydosz, PhD

Grant Advisor

"My passion, and the reason I love this job, is helping good people into the field of special education. I believe that the best educators should be special educators, that special education requires the most refined skills of the teaching profession, and that the prescriptive and technical nature of the field continually challenges those who take it on. Our grant assists beginning special educators and prospective special educators with tuition support/reduction and services critical to completion of the program and full endorsement. I am proud to say our national award-winning program has guided over 2000 good candidates to full licensure in special education."


Tracy Murray

Program Coordinator

"Our office is always happy to assist our students / participants. Please feel free to contact us with any questions concerning participation in the grant. Remember to read all materials sent to you upon acceptance into the grant and check your ODU email for any updates."


Jackie Royster

Grant Administrator

"I am pleased to be able to provide specialized knowledge by interpreting rules, regulations, procedures and policies from funding agencies and to combine those with University and Foundation policies. Being a part of a team who takes prides in providing good customer service whereby establishing effective relations with academic, professional and administrative staff and with representatives of funding agencies is what I'm all about."


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