Milton Uecker

Our Leaders

                                                                                                                                                           Dr. Milton V. Uecker, Director  

                                                                                                         College of Education, Columbia International University, | Columbia, South Carolina

Dr. Milt Uecker, professor emeritus, after fifty years of service in Christian school eduction, currently serves as the director of the Lowrie Center for Christian School Education at Columbia International University and an instructional coach in Westminster Catwaba Christian School in Rock Hill, SC. Prior to joining the faculty of CIU in 1995, Dr. Uecker served for four years as associate professor at Regent University in Virginia Beach where he directed the early childhood program. His professional experience includes teaching within a Christian International School in Seoul, Korea and administrating Christ-centered early childhood programs in both Texas and Virginia. He received a Bachelor of Science in elementary education (1969) from Concordia University, Chicago, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas (1975) and a Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with emphasis in early childhood and philosophical foundations for education from the University of Virginia (1989). 

Dr. Uecker’s professional interests include not only early childhood philosophy and instruction, but teaching students to think mathematically, developing biblically integrated instruction, and teaching vulnerable and culturally diverse learners. He has recently published, through Wheaton Press, the first in a series of three books on a Christ-centered approach to early childhood education. Books two and three are currently at the publisher awaiting editing and publication. The series, entitled Distinctively Christian, will be available under three subtitles

  • A Christ-Centered Approach to Early Childhood Spiritual Development
  • A Christ-Centered Approach to Early Childhood Philosophy and Principles
  • A Christ-Centered Approach to Early Childhood Teaching and Learning 

Dr. Uecker and his wife Linda live in Fort Mill, SC and have three adult sons and nine grandchildren (all currently attending Christian schools in Texas and North Carolina).  

Debbie Moore
Dr. Debbie Moore

Associate Director

Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program Director, Professor of Education

B.S., Toccoa Falls College; M.Ed., Bob Jones University; Ph.D., Columbia International University

Debbie Moore serves in the College of Education as the Master of Education Program Director.  She has held various positions within Christian education since 1986 as teacher, guidance counselor, administrator, and dean. Her passion is to work with Christian educators to enhance classroom skills that use biblical integration and teaching with intentionality to develop spiritual formation in students.

While in her role as program director, Debbie has designed courses such as Instructional Strategies, Supervision of Faculty, and Transformational Education.  She has also conducted professional development seminars at the ACSI PD forums. 

Originally from Pennsylvania, Debbie met her husband (David) at college and they have since lived in North Carolina and Georgia.  They have two married children, Lindsay (Paul) and Erica (Brian) and two grandchildren. 


Annie Gallagher
Dr. Annie Gallagher

Director of the Distinctive Teaching & Learning Conferences

Annie Gallagher, founder of Transformed PD, is a follower of Jesus Christ, professional development coach, instructional program consultant, teacher, wife, and mother who currently lives in Kentucky. She has coached Christian educators and instructional leaders in the US and internationally in how to authentically plan and teach Christ-centered instruction, so students see God revealed in content area subject matter. Dr. Gallagher is primarily known for coaching teachers through the PAQ method of providing Christ-centered instruction, which she developed as part of her doctoral research at Columbia International University that was supported by Summit Ministries.

Dr. Gallagher has conducted numerous workshops, seminars and institutes on the topics of defining and teaching biblically integrated instruction, coaching teachers to provide biblically integrated instruction, and beginning a coaching program. She has also conducted webinars for ACSI Early Education on spiritual formation in preschool children. With over 20 years of experience in public and Christian education as a classroom teacher, remedial learning teacher, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, and consultant, Annie Gallagher has also led programs for instructional coaching, quality instruction and assessment, new teacher training, curriculum alignment, and strategic instructional program planning.

Dr. Gallagher’s desire is to serve her Lord Jesus Christ through Christian education. The experience and knowledge she has gained in various roles as an educator have equipped her to provide relevant, engaging, and impactful professional development. She believes that by facilitating professional growth in teachers and administrators focused on Kingdom education, students will benefit by receiving quality biblical education.

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