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Understanding and Addressing the Educational Needs of Veterans, Servicemembers, and their Families

By Col Nicholas D. Young, Christine Nevada Michael, and Elizabeth Jean

About the Authors

Col. Nicholas D. Young, PhD, EdD

Dr. Nicholas D. Young has worked in diverse educational roles for more than 28 years, serving as a principal, special education director, graduate professor, graduate program director, graduate dean, and longtime superintendent of schools. He was named the Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year, and he completed a distinguished Fulbright program focused on the Japanese educational system through the collegiate level. Dr. Young is the recipient of numerous other honors and recognitions including the General Douglas MacArthur Award for distinguished civilian and military leadership and the Vice Admiral John T. Hayward Award for exemplary scholarship. He holds several graduate degrees including a PhD in educational administration and an EdD in educational psychology.

Dr. Young has served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves combined for over 33 years; and he graduated with distinction from the U.S. Air War College, the U.S. Army War College, and the U.S. Navy War College. After completing a series of senior leadership assignments in the U.S. Army Reserves as the commanding officer of the 287th Medical Company (DS), the 405th Area Support Company (DS), the 405th Combat Support Hospital, and the 399th Combat Support Hospital, he transitioned to his current military position as a faculty instructor at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He currently holds the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Young is also a regular presenter at state, national, and international conferences; and he has written many books, book chapters, and/or articles on various topics in education, counseling, and psychology. Some of his most recent books include Turbulent Times: Confronting Challenges in Emerging Adulthood (2018); From Lecture Hall to Laptop: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Continuing Evolution of Virtual Learning in Higher Education (2017); The Power of the Professoriate: Demands, Challenges, and Opportunities in 21st Century Higher Education (2017); To Campus with Confidence: Supporting a Successful Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities (2017); Learning Style Perspectives: Impact Upon the Classroom (3rd ed., 2014); Collapsing Educational Boundaries from Preschool to PhD: Building Bridges Across the Educational Spectrum (2013); and, various K-12 volumes. He also co-authored several children’s books in the popular series I am Full of Possibilities.

Christine N. Michael, PhD

Dr. Christine N. Michael is a more than 40-year educational veteran with a variety of professional experiences. She holds degrees from Brown University, Rhode Island College, Union Institute and University, and the University of Connecticut, where she earned a PhD in education, human development, and family relations. Her previous work has included middle and high school teaching, higher education administration, college teaching, and educational consulting. She has also been involved with Head Start, Upward Bound, national non-profits Foundation for Excellent Schools and College for Every Student, and the federal Trio programs and has published widely on topics in education and psychology. Her most recent works included serving as a primary author on the book To Campus with Confidence: Supporting a Successful Transition to College for Students with Learning Disabilities (2017), Beyond the Bedtime Story: Promoting Reading Development during the Middle School Years (2015), Betwixt and Between: Understanding and Meeting the Social and Emotional Development Needs of Students During the Middle School Transition Years (2014), and Powerful Partners in Student Success: Schools, Families and Communities (2012). She is currently the Program Director of Low Residency Programs at American International College.

Elizabeth Jean, EdD

Dr. Elizabeth Jean has served as an elementary school educator and administrator in various rural and urban settings in Massachusetts for more than 20 years. As a building administrator, she has fostered partnerships with various local businesses and higher education institutions. Further, she is currently a graduate adjunct professor at Endicott College and previously taught at Our Lady of the Elms College. In terms of formal education, Dr. Jean received a BS in education from Springfield College; an MEd in education with a concentration in reading from Our Lady of the Elms; and an EdD in curriculum, teaching, learning and leadership from Northeastern University.

Dr. Jean has co-authored From Cradle to Classroom: Identifying and Addressing the Educational Needs of Our Youngest Children, (in-press); From Lecture Hall to Laptop: Opportunities, Challenges and the Continuing Evolution of Virtual Learning in Higher Education (2017). She has also written book chapters on such topics as emotional well-being for students with learning disabilities, parental supports for students with learning disabilities, home-school partnerships, virtual education, public and private partnerships in public education, professorial pursuits, technology partnerships between K-12 and higher education, developing a strategic mindset for LD students, the importance of skill and will in developing reading habits for young children, and middle school reading interventions to name a few. Additionally, she has co-authored and illustrated several children’s books to include Yes, Mama (2018), The Adventures of Scotty the Skunk: What’s that Smell? (2014), and the I am Full of Possibilities Series.