The William Woods University faculty has four new faces this fall.
Marla Broetz, Shari Means, Cindy Robb and Paula Jennings have joined the teaching staff at the university.
Broetz serves as an assistant professor of interpreting in the department of interpreting and American Sign Language. She received her B.A. in social work at Gallaudet University and a master’s degree in education from Lewis & Clark College. She taught for seven years at Salt Lake Community College before coming to William Woods.
She is a member of the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association, the National Association of the Deaf and the Conference of Interpreter Trainers.
Means, who taught in the Fulton Public Schools for 20 years, is now an instructor in the division of education at William Woods. She attended William Woods and graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. degree in elementary education. She earned her master of education degree in learning disabilities, also at MU.
While with the Fulton schools, Means worked in the areas of learning disabilities grades 6-12, elementary grades 3, 4 and 5 and the Middle School Alternative School. She also was a member of the adjunct faculty at William Woods in the early 90s.
Another new instructor, Robb, is part of the athletic training faculty in the new division of human performance. She taught previously at William Woods as an adjunct instructor in the 2001-02 year and worked for Peak Performance Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Center of Columbia. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she is an assistant athletic trainer.
Robb has also been the head athletic trainer at both Central Methodist College and Columbia College. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Missouri Athletic Trainers’ Association and has been a certified athletic trainer since 1989.
She earned a B.A. in exercise science from Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph and did graduate work in exercise science at the University of Missouri. She received an M.A. in sports sciences from the University of Denver.
Jennings comes to WWU as an assistant athletic trainer. In addition to supervising 13 student athletic trainers and assisting with athletic training for nine teams, Jennings teaches courses in anatomy and physiology and personal health.
Previously, she was an athletic trainer at Woodlands High School, a 2,500-student high school in Woodlands, Texas. She also was an athletic trainer at Bayshore Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center in Pasadena, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member at Drury College in Springfield, Mo.
Jennings received her B.S. in kinesiology from Sam Houston State University and her master of education degree from Drury College. She has been a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association since 1995 and is certified as a BLS Instructor with the American Heart Association.