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Notable Faculty

Capella's School of Education faculty members are active and experienced in their professions, and nearly all members hold a doctoral degree. From P–12 teachers, administrators, and higher education faculty to leadership, curriculum designers, and grant writers, our faculty hold top academic credentials in the areas they teach and many are published authors. Noteworthy contributions include sitting on the Executive Board for the National Association of Community and Technical Colleges, directing an Ojibwe Language and Culture Education program, and creating a middle college high school of 240 students on a college campus.

Amy Smith, PhD

Dean, School of Education

Dr. Amy Smith serves as Dean for the School of Education. In her 25-year career in education, she has held leadership positions in both public and private P-12 education, beginning as a high school English teacher, with increasing leadership roles as department chair, Principal, and eventually leading teams in building charter schools. Dr. Smith’s higher education experience began as a professor of education at Kent State University and Western Oregon University, with continued leadership as a Department Chair at Concordia University Chicago and a Dean at the University of Phoenix. Her service includes authoring sections the national teacher preparation standards for the National Council Teachers of English, being an assistant editor for the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, member of a charter school network Board of Directors, and columnist for a trade publication where she provided soft-skills career advice for multiple magazines and audiences. Dr. Smith holds a PhD in Educational Leadership: Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver, a MEd in administration and supervision from National-Louis University in Chicago, an MA in secondary education from the University of Akron, and a BA in English from the University of Colorado..

Kim Spoor, PhD


Dr. Kim Spoor serves as faculty chair for the K–12 Studies specialization. She was principal of the Ojibwe School, a tribal grant school, and subsequently, became an assistant professor at the College of St. Scholastica. There, she served as the director of student affairs in teacher education and directed the Ojibwe Language and Culture Education program. Dr. Spoor's background also includes a 13-year career in health services, which included respiratory therapy, hemodynamic monitoring, and polysomnography. Dr. Spoor's professional interests include diversity leadership; equity education with a focus on American Indian education and culture; and qualitative research. Dr. Spoor received her BA in Social Science from The College of St. Scholastica along with an EdM from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with an emphasis in Human Development and Psychology. Dr. Spoor's PhD in Education is from Capella University.