Associate Professor of Education

 Dr. Lucas grew up in Corbin, Kentucky. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.   She has former experience as special education teacher, homebound teacher for medically fragile students, educational diagnostician, grant writer, and parent educator. Her educational passions are related to technology in the classroom, working with first-year students, and the forest school initiative. Dr. Lucas has many special interests; school climate issues (especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students/faculty/staff), restorative justice in education, school to prison pipeline research, and other issues impacting marginalized students. She has done extensive work locally, regionally, and nationally as an activist, advocate, and trainer in the LGBT community. Service involvement includes work with PFLAG Maryville, Foothills LGBT Center, TN Equality Project, Knoxville Gay Men's Chorus, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) TN, Maryville College NCBI Affiliate, Maryville College Diversity Action Team, and Maryville College LGBTQ+ Alliance.

Dr. Lucas has 3 awesome, human kids (Noah, Caleb, Abi) who are grown and doing their own thing. She and her husband, Barry, and live in the Top of the World community on top of Chilhowee Mountain with their 4 fur babies (Marli /dog,  Annabelle /dog,  Kanga /cat,  Avery /cat). She loves living on the Lake in the Sky--fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, boating, and cruising around in her golf cart are favorite ways to pass the time in paradise.