About the authors
Dr. Kevin sheehan
Dr. Kevin Sheehan is a tenured associate professor at Molloy College, where he has served on the faculty for over a decade. In 2013, Molloy College recognized Kevin with its Faculty Leadership Award for his work with children of poverty. In 2009, the New York State Council for Social Studies awarded Kevin the Distinguished Social Studies Educator Award for his efforts in preparing social studies teachers. Prior to his work at Molloy College, Kevin was the K-12 Social Studies Director for the Oceanside School District and was recognized as the outstanding supervisor for social studies by the New York State Council for Social Studies in 2002.
After receiving and publishing his doctorate from Hofstra, Storm Clouds in the Mind, Kevin has continued his research authoring several key articles on hope and has become a featured presenter on positive psychology topics across the nation. In another arena, influenced by positive psychology research that now defines his life’s mission, Kevin is an internationally recognized lacrosse coach and has had a distinguished career in coaching. Kevin was inducted into the Long Island Metropolitan Branch of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2006 and the Oceanside Circle of Pride Hall of Fame in 2009.
Jessica Ryan has worked as a fourth grade teacher in Lynbrook School District since 2007. Jessica graduated from the Molloy College Honors Program with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education concentrating in Mathematics and was recognized as the outstanding graduate student in her class when she received her Masters in Elementary Education. In 2013, Jessica began working as an adjunct professor at Molloy College, where she teaches the Advanced Mathematics Methods course to graduate education students. In her role as a Molloy professor, Jessica has developed a variety of creative summer teacher institutes and professional development courses for teachers.
Jessica was awarded the Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association’s Elementary Mathematics Teacher of the Year Award in 2012. In 2013, Jessica was named the Teacher of the Year by the 9/11 Tribute Center for her role involving students in community service. Jessica has been the recipient of numerous grants that have enabled her to develop innovative practices to meet the learning styles of diverse learners.