Crandall University is pleased to welcome an already familiar face, Dr. Nancy Helena Matthews, into a fulltime role in the Faculty of Education. Dr. Matthews earned her PhD in Education Studies from the University of New Brunswick. Using grounded theory methodology, her research interest includes comparing decision-making and implementation in the education system. During her time at UNB, she worked as a graduate teaching and research assistant where her responsibilities included supporting courses in education administration and assisting with educational research.
In addition to her PhD, Dr. Matthews also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Education from UNB, and a Master of Education from l’Université de Moncton. She has also had over 30 years of experience in the public education system, including roles as District Payroll and Human Resources Supervisor, District Director of Finance and Administration, Classroom Teacher, District Technology Mentor Teacher, School Vice Principal, District Technology and Assessment Supervisor, School Principal, and District Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Previously, Nancy taught at St. Thomas University, the University of New Brunswick, and has continued to teach education courses to graduate students part time at Crandall University.
Earlier in her career, Nancy was nominated and recipient of the New Brunswick Vince Sunderland Memorial Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership, Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Administration, and was selected as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals.
“We are thrilled to have someone with so much knowledge and successful experience as part of our Education team,” said Dr. Roger Russell, Crandall’s Dean of Professional Programs. “I am confident Dr. Matthews’ informed perspectives will allow us to continue strengthening our Education programs and benefit our students.”
Hailing from Mann Settlement, Quebec, Nancy is the youngest of nine children to Norman and Helena Lyons. Nancy and her husband, Greg, live in Riverview, NB and have two children: Jack, with a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, living in London, England, and Kate, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education, currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Nancy loves learning and teaching and looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to the mission of Crandall University in her new full time role starting this August!