The School of Educational Leadership faculty represents a diverse group of practitioner scholars who each possess extensive experience in P-12 education and represent a broad range of subject matter expertise. Our faculty have dedicated themselves to developing P-12 educators as world changers, excelling in the areas of the character, scholarship, and leadership through a biblical worldview of teaching and learning. Most importantly, our faculty are committed to meeting your needs as an adult learner through a theory-to-practice approach to graduate education.

School of Educational Leadership


Cheryl Irish received an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies and graduate degrees in Special Education (Assessment, Curriculum and Instruction, and Assistive Technology). She has Christian and public school teaching experience. Having a heart for reaching the unreached, she has been involved in Sunday School for children with special needs in the local church and with families affected by disabilities in international schools on the mission field.

Educational Background:

  • B.S., 1985, Western Baptist Bible College
  • M.S.E., 1987, University of Wisconsin
  • Ed.D., 2001, University of Cincinnati


  • Positive behavior supports
  • Assessment for learning
  • Reflection to enhance instruction in novice and experienced teachers
  • Enhancing the academic success of third-culture kids (i.e., global nomads)
  • Social competence in children with exceptional educational needs