Department of Child and Family Studies

Department of Child and Family Studies

Child and Family Studies
B109 Education Building
St. Cloud State University
720 4th Ave. S.
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (320) 308-2132
Fax: (320) 308-0908

Faculty and Staff


Kelli Schreiner

Kelli Schreiner

Office Manager

(320) 308-4954 | B109 Education Building


Ming-Chi E. Own

Ming-Chi E. Own

Associate Professor
B.A. Curtin University (Australia)
M.A. University of Iowa
Ph.D. University of Iowa

(320) 308-2132 | B123 Education Building

Teaching and research areas: Social-cultural perspective of young learners (particularly ELL) early school literacy learning and use of music as linguistic catalyst for second language learners.

Spring 2020 Office Hours



JoAnn Johnson

JoAnn Johnson

Department Chair
B.S. University of Oregon
M.S. University of Oregon
Ph.D. University of Oregon

(320) 308-2132 | B130 Education Building

Professional experiences in disabilities services and studies include hospital-, home-, and center-based early intervention and developmental services; developmental assessment and evaluation; supervision and program coordination; and university and outreach training and instruction.

Spring 2020 Office Hours

Mondays: 9 a.m.-Noon

Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Wednesdays: 9 a.m.-Noon and 1:30-3 p.m.

Thursdays: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fridays: 9 a.m.-Noon

Advising also by appointment

Fatemeh Zarghami

Fatemeh Zarghami

B.S. Iowa State University
M.S. Iowa State University
Ph.D. Iowa State University

(320) 308-2006 | A147 Education Building

Teaching and research areas: Parenting Education, Early Childhood Assessment issues, Application of Technology in educational contexts, Distance Education, Program Evaluation.



Brittany Sullivan

Assistant Professor
B.S. St. Cloud State University
M.A. Concordia University

(320) 308-4922 | B131 Education Building

Former primary teacher in the Elk River School District ISD 728, concentrating studies and work experience on fostering and supporting the dynamics of families. Obtained the Parent Education Graduate Certificate from St. Cloud State University in addition to the Parent Coaching Certificate from Concordia University, St. Paul. Practicing Parent Educator in Becker Public Schools ISD 726.

Spring 2020 Office Hours

Mondays: 11 a.m.-Noon and 3-4 p.m.

Tuesdays: 9 a.m.-Noon

Wednesdays: 11 a.m.-Noon and 2-4 p.m.

Thursdays: By Appointment

Fridays: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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.

Spring 2020 Office Hours

Mondays: 10 a.m.-Noon

Tuesdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. online

Wednesdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursdays: 3-5 p.m. online