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. The OPS is responsible for coordinating field and clinical experience placements for undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates who are pursuing an initial teaching license.
She coordinates external relationships, including outreach to Virginia institutions of higher learning and K-12 school divisions to establish and maintain positive collaborative partnerships to assist in providing professional services. Dr. Ballard serves as Longwood's initial licensing officer and liaison with the Department of Education.
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 interest lies with the utilization of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® to understanding individuals' TYPE as learners, leaders, educators, as well as personal and interpersonal development. 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 for organizational development, and supervisory performances.
Dr. Ballard serves as Chair of the OPS Advisory Committee and a member of the College of Education and Human Services Dean's Advisory Council, Call Me MISTERS Advisory Board, Program Education Council and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies Council. Dr. Ballard is a certified consultant/trainer to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®. Establishing and maintaining positive collaborative partnerships with K-12 and higher education institutions is a personal and professional mission for her.
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.
Ms. Baldwin is also 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, serves on a board of directors for a nonprofit youth ministry. Ms. Baldwin also enjoys reading and singing whenever possible.
Judy Allen Kovach
Administrative Office Specialist III of Professional Services
Ms. Allen was selected as Administrative Office Specialist III of Professional Services in 2006. The OPS is responsible for coordinating field and clinical experience placements for undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates who are pursuing an initial teaching license.
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. Allen is a native of Farmville.
She is a member of Worsham Baptist Church and assists with their Good News Club and with the Awana Children's Ministry. She volunteers at FACES in Farmville.