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Dr. Olsen is the Dean of the School of Education. Dr. Olsen has a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership, a master’s degree in School Psychology, is a licensed School Psychologist in Wisconsin and a Minnesota Licensed Psychologist (M.S.). Dr. Olsen has served on the Inquiry Brief Commission for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and was State Chapter President for the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education from 2011-2013. She is currently the principal investigator for the $1.2 million grant recently awarded by the National Science Foundation to The College of St. Scholastica to increase the number of math and science teachers for Minnesota high-need schools.
Gail has 15 years of elementary education teaching experience, 5 years as an elementary classroom teacher and 10 years as an elementary media generalist. She received a B.A. in elementary education from Central College in Pella, Iowa, and an M.L.S. from the University of Iowa. Gail is the graduate teaching licensure coordinator for the Duluth campus and also teaching courses in that program as well as the online teaching and educational technology certificate programs. Her educational interests include teaching the adult learner, as well as 21st century teaching and technology practices.