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Connie H. Ballard, Ed. D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Director of Professional Services
Dr. Ballard was appointed Director of Longwood's Office of Professional Services in 2007.
She has extensive experience as a professor of education with postsecondary institutions; curriculum and instruction specialist, career development coordinator, adult educator, consultant and manager of professional development and training, human resources and employee relations with postsecondary institutions, K-12 schools, corporate, public, private, and community agencies. Her research interests lies with the students perception of schooling and utilization of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) to understanding individuals' TYPE as learners, leaders, educators, as well as personal and interpersonal development.
Dr. Ballard is a licensed MBTI consultant/trainer, and holds a current Professional Educator's License from the state of North Carolina with endorsements as a Curriculum and Instructional Specialist, Career Development Coordinator, Business Education and Elementary Education. She has a Virginia Postgraduate Professional License in Business and Information Technology and Elementary Education. Her modeling of an effective leader is evident in empowering individuals, implementation of management processes, and in the development and facilitation of numerous workshops. In addition to being a National Holmes Scholar, she has received awards and recognition in leadership, organizational development, and supervisory performances.
Alissa A. Baldwin
Assistant Director of Professional Services
Ms. Baldwin is a licensed history/social science teacher and PK-12 school administrator with classroom experience at the secondary level. She worked as a paralegal for a civil litigation firm prior to her teaching career. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies and Political Science from the University of Richmond and completed her Masters' Degree in Educational Leadership at Longwood University.
Ms. Baldwin joined the OPS team in 2009. She coordinates the internal processes pertaining to Teacher Preparation Program admission, Practicum placements and Student Teaching placements. This includes conducting orientation sessions and training for teacher candidates, advisors, faculty, program coordinators, and prospective students. Ms. Baldwin works with the school division contacts to secure the best placements possible for Longwood teacher candidates. Her best advice to teacher candidates is this: "Don’t freak out; there are always solutions to the challenges or problems at hand. However, you need to be your own best advocate and be proactive in seeking out help for timely program completion and graduation leading to initial licensure."
Ms. Baldwin supports the Longwood Lancer family with service on campus committees for program improvement, employment searches and hiring decisions, regularly speaking with LSEM classes, contributing to campus community campaigns, and mentoring the OPS S.T.A.R.S. among other roles. Ms. Baldwin also teaches Introduction to the Teaching Profession and Human Growth and Development as a member of the adjunct faculty for the Department of Education & Special Education within the College of Education and Human Services.
Ms. Baldwin is very committed to community service in her spare time. She volunteers as an EMT with her local fire department and rescue squad, teaches CPR and First Aid for the American Heart Association, and serves on the board of directors for a nonprofit youth ministry. Ms. Baldwin also enjoys reading and singing.
Judy Allen Kovach
Administrative Office Specialist III
Ms. Kovach was selected as Administrative Office Specialist III of Professional Services in 2006. She coordinates and manages the daily operations of the Office of Professional Services (OPS) for efficiency and effectiveness.
She has 37 years of administrative and office management experience. Ms. Kovach is a native of Farmville.
She is a member of Worsham Baptist Church and assists with their Good News Club at Prince Edward Elementary and with the Awana Children's Ministry. She volunteers at FACES in Farmville.