Jane Chaillie, EdD
Assistant Professor of Education
As Assistant Professor of Education at Graceland University, I have two goals each day. The first is to fuel our students’ desire to make a difference through the teaching profession. The second is to help equip them with the skills needed to be influential. My 12 years as a classroom teacher, along with my experiences as a reading specialist help me combine practical know-how with the latest educational research to make my classes meaningful. My academic areas of emphasis include literacy and early childhood education. Providing leadership to strengthen the partnership between Graceland and Funshine Learning Center in order to provide students with rich early childhood education experiences while enhancing the quality of programming for the children enrolled in child care is highly rewarding.
Building teacher leaders is one of the hallmarks of Graceland, and I am excited to do my part by serving as the advisor for the Graceland Student Teacher Association. Facilitating Adventure Challenge experiences for students and educators, leading professional development efforts, and serving in leadership roles within my community and profession help me stay on the cutting edge of leadership development practices.
My B.A. in Elementary Education was completed at Graceland University, followed by earning a Master’s in Literacy Education from the University of Missouri and an Ed.D. in Education Leadership through Creighton. My research was “Student Memories: Insights into Science Reform.”
As a former Graceland athlete and Iowa Coach of the Year for both boys’ and girls’ cross country, I am committed to helping children grow through healthy athletic experiences. My husband and I are volunteer soccer and little league coaches for the youth programs. Spending time with my family and being part of a community is important to me. I spend time volunteering as a Sunday School teacher, a 4-H leader, and in my children's classroom at school. Getting to work with students of all ages and seeing them flourish and take on new challenges keeps my personal passion to make a difference as an educator alive.