Greetings Future Teachers-from the Program Head, Karen Sheble

Hello! I am Mrs. Sheble and I am the Program Head for Teacher Education at NOVA. I teach both EDU 200 and SDV 101.  Prior to joining the faculty at Northern Virginia Community College in 2005, I was a kindergarten teacher for eighteen years with Fairfax County Public Schools. I also taught 4th grade for five years with Loudoun County, and I taught Preschool for one year at Fairfax United Methodist Preschool. During my teaching experience, I was a “Supervising Teacher” for many student teachers from James Madison University, George Mason University, and Marymount University. Additionally, I was a mentor for many beginning kindergarten teachers in Fairfax County.

I have a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education (Certified K-7) from George Mason University, with postgraduate work from the University of Virginia. I attended both the University of Mary Washington and George Mason University for my undergraduate degree.

The best way to reach me is by e-mail:

This site has been designed to help you learn all about the programs offered at NOVA to help you become a public school teacher, or to learn about how you can obtain recertification points for licensure if you are already licensed.

Please visit the links I have provided at the top of this home page to learn more about EDU 200, SDV 101 – Orientation to Education, Pathways to Teaching at NOVA, our Social Science with Teacher Education Specialization Associates Degree Program, and courses for recertification.

Ashley Wilkins – Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

Hello! I am Mrs. Ashley Wilkins. I am a full-time instructor of Teacher Education at Northern Virginia Community College.  I work closely with Karen Sheble, Program Head for Education, to help prepare students to enter into the profession of teaching.

I am a full-time faculty member at NVCC.  I graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in early childhood education. I also completed a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction plus 30 additional hours in the areas of reading, ESOL, inquiry-based mathematics, and special education.   Before joining NVCC, I was a first-grade teacher in Prince William County. In addition, I was a lead mentor at my elementary school where we focused on supporting new teachers through coaching. I am passionate about preparing pre-service teachers for the field of education, and I also believe in the power of professional development for current teachers.

Currently, I teach at three campuses including Loudoun, Manassas, and Woodbridge.  The courses I teach include EDU 200: Foundation of Education, SDV 101: Orientation to Education, EDU 254: Basic Academic Skills for Exceptional Students, EDU 270: Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders, and EDU 280: Technology Standards for Teachers.  I am also available to advise any education students at the Alexandria, Manassas, or Woodbridge campuses.

Please contact me if you have questions regarding field placements, course selection, advising, the field of education, or professional development opportunities at NVCC.  The best way to contact me is via email. Please schedule any appointments with me in advance. I am very happy to assist you in any way that I can.

My email address is

My office location is 411 Howsman Hall on the Manassas campus.