Department of Child and Family Studies

Faculty and Staff

Contact Information


In person: B109 Education Building
Phone: (320) 308-2132
Fax: (320) 308-0908

Mailing Address:
Child and Family Studies
B109 Education Building
St. Cloud State University
720 4th Ave S
St. Cloud, MN 563001-4498


Kelli Schreiner

Kelli Schreiner

  • Office Manager

(320) 308-4954 | B109 Education Building


Frances Kayona

Frances Kayona

  • Department Chair
  • Associate Professor
  • B.A. Arizona State University
  • M.S. Iowa State University
  • Ed.D. Iowa State University

(320) 308-3170 | A279 Education Building

Teaching areas and research: Curriculum Leadership; Assessment Leadership; Performance Appraisal; Program Evaluation

Program Areas: Doctoral, Specialist, Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate, Masters, Graduate Certificate

Deborah Wheeler

Deborah Wheeler

  • Assistant Professor
  • B.A. Long Island University
  • M.S. Long Island University
  • Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University

(320) 308-4910 | B129 Education Building

Teaching areas and research: early childhood education; parents and children; cultural and linguistic competence; English learner curricular model in higher education; diversity and multicultural inclusion; language learning and acquisition in early childhood; multilingual learners and content instruction; humanistic pedagogical approach to teaching and learning immigrant and refugee children in early childhood; sociocultural development when strengthening connections between school, family, and community.

Melisa Brever

Melisa Brever

  • Assistant Professor
  • B.S. St. Cloud State University
  • M.S. St. Cloud State University

(320) 308-2132 | B130 Education Building

Teaching areas and research: early childhood education; early childhood special education; diversity and inclusion; inclusive early childhood program development; differentiated instruction; assessment and evaluation; child development; guidance; adverse childhood experiences; families and children; autism spectrum disorder; retention of high-quality early childhood professionals to maximize student learning outcomes

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