Assistant Professor
Elementary Education


B.A., Ancient Civilizations – Hope College 1984
Elementary Teacher Certification – Aquinas College 1986
M.A.T., Elementary Education – Aquinas College 2000
Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy – Michigan State University 2009

Teaching Responsibilities
EDUC 310/311 – Curriculum and Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers
EDUC 270 – Foundations in Education

Brondyk, S. (2009). Freedom within limits: Program structure and field instructor
autonomy. (Doctoral Dissertation – Michigan State University). Retrieved from    ProQuest. (3363806).

Stanulis, R. N., & Brondyk, S. (2013). Complexities involved in mentoring towards a high-leverage practice in the induction years. Teachers College Record. 115(10)

Brondyk, S. & Searby, L. (in press). Best practices in mentoring: Complexities and
possibilities. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education

Stanulis, R.N., Brondyk, S. Little, S. & Wibben, E. (in press). Mentoring beginning
teachers to enact discussion-based teaching. Mentoring and Tutoring

Brondyk, S & Stanulis, R.N. (in press).  Teacher leadership for change. Kappa Delta Pi

2012 - Presenter, American Educational Research Association, Vancouver
Presenting a paper: Preservice Mentor Preparation: The Loosely Coupled Relationship between Program Structure and Field Instructor Autonomy.

2011 - Presenter, American Educational Research Association, New Orleans
Presenting a paper “Learning to Mentor toward a Targeted Practice” based on recent research with Dr. Randi Stanulis.

2009 - Co-Presenter, American Reading Forum, Sanibel Island, FL
“Defining a vision of effective literacy teaching that we are mentoring toward: Creating a university/district induction partnership in high poverty schools” with Dr. Randi N. Stanulis

2006 - Co-Presenter, New Teacher Center Symposium, Santa Cruz, CA ASSIST (Advocating Strong Standards-based Induction Support for Teachers). I was the Michigan State University representative in a joint presentation with Bonnie Rockafellow from the Michigan Department of Education.

2003 - Presenter, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Annual Early Childhood Conference: “The role of choice in the Montessori prepared environment: ways to promote order and independence”

2002 - Co-Presenter, National Association for the Education of Young Children and Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, Early Childhood Conferences: "Montessori Meets Piaget: Putting Old Theories to Work" with Dr. Andrea Smith

2002 - Presenter, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Workshop: "Alternative School Structures"

Research Interests
The focus of my research, up to this point, has been mentoring new teachers during their pre-service (student teaching) and induction (first three years of teaching) phases.  My work at Michigan State’s Launch into Teaching provided me with opportunities to study and work with principals, mentors and teachers in struggling, urban schools across the country. Currently, we are studying school change and the role that teacher leaders play in improving instruction.

I am also involved in the American Education Research Association (AERA) Mentoring Special Interest Group, Global Mentoring Research Network, and serve as co-leader of the Best Practices group with Linda Searby from Auburn University. 

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2008
Graduate School Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2005
Summer Research Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2004
Recruiting Fellowship, Michigan State University, 2002

After 14 years as an early childhood and elementary teacher, and 13 years as an instructor and field instructor at Western Michigan University (early childhood), Aquinas College, and Michigan State University, I am thrilled to return to Hope College!!

I live in Grand Rapids with my husband, Dan, and our two dogs.  We have three wonderful children. Kyle is interning as a marketing analyst at Demand Leap in Grand Rapids.  Kate is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying Dietetics. Grace is a sophomore at the University of Vermont, studying Marketing and Art History.  When I am not teaching, I love spending time kayaking and hiking in Leelanau County.