Meet the Staff


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Amanda Winkelsas

Amanda Winkelsas is originally from Buffalo and began her education in the Buffalo Public Schools. Later, she earned a BA in secondary English education from Canisius College, an MSED from Fordham University, and a PhD in urban education from the CUNY Graduate Center. Winkelsas worked in the New York City public schools for nearly 10 years, where she taught English in grades 7-12 and served as a literacy coach. Upon returning to Buffalo, she worked in education technology before transitioning fully to higher education. Her research interests have focused on educational equity, diversity in the teaching force, and preparing teachers to work with historically underserved student populations. 

Assistant Director for Core Programs, Recruitment and Outreach

Yuldonna Middleton

Yuldonna Middleton is the assistant director of UB Teacher Residency Program who believes that every student deserves a high quality education which requires educators to adapt teaching in ways that support all learners. Prior to working for UB, Yuldonna served as a business teacher for the Buffalo Public Schools, launched an entrepreneurship program, served as a school-to-work coordinator, a supervisor of curriculum for the district and an assistant principal in the Buffalo Public Schools. She worked in schools with large populations of African American students and English language learners from East Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Assistant Director for Professional Learning and Consortium

Kristin Cipollone

Kristin Cipollone was born and raised in Western New York and has 20 years of experience in education, working in schools, universities and community organizations. She began her career as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher in the South Bronx before pursuing her PhD in education, culture, policy and society at the University of Buffalo. Most recently she was associate professor of curriculum and instruction in the Department of Elementary Education at Ball State University where she also directed the Schools within the Context of Community, a community-engaged teacher preparation program. Her research interests include the preparation of pre-service educators, educator dispositions, the intersections of school-level factors and race, and class in the (re)production and maintenance of inequality. She holds BA degrees in history and Italian language and culture from the University of Rochester, and a master's degree in elementary education from Mercy College.

Program Advisor and Coordinator

Mar Gooding

Mar Gooding is the program advisor and coordinator for the UB Teacher Residency Program (UBTR). She graduated from the University at Buffalo with an EdM in higher education and student affairs. She is committed to assisting UBTR students with navigating UB's system and overcoming the barriers in higher education.

Postdoctoral Associate

Halley Maza, PhD

Professional Learning Coordinator

Ashley Wiese