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Office: Education Building, 706
One of the best parts about being a teacher educator is the continual learning and inquiry in which we engage in the College of Education. As Interim Dean, I have the thrill of following my passion for supporting and cultivating educators and educator preparation so that teachers realize their true potential influencing the lives of learners in and across the communities Boise State serves. Engaging in inquiry to ensure the highest quality educator preparation programs are sustained at Boise State, I have opportunities to “live the dream” – working in area classrooms, working with local education groups and policymakers, and working with a team of leaders and professionals who make coming to work a joy.
My work involves reaching out to area schools, districts, and communities to ensure Boise State is a leader in serving the needs of constituents. We are thrilled to receive national recognition for our work in undergraduate and graduate programs. The best part of this work, though, is working with students from preschool age to graduate levels and knowing we’re making a difference. We make a difference through programs and teaching endorsements in elementary education, secondary education content areas, special education, early childhood education, bilingual education, and physical education. We offer k-12 programs in P.E., Art, and Music along with innovative programs for graduate certification, and a new Master in Teaching in Early Childhood Intervention or Special Education. We make a difference through graduate programs in educational technology, counselor education, educational leadership, and multiple certificates and degrees in areas of specialization, including curriculum and instruction, early and special education, and literacy, language and culture. We serve the community with external research grants and sponsored projects coordinated in our Center For School Improvement & Policy Studies and the Center for Multicultural Educational Opportunities.
The College of Education is a place where we believe in creating, sustaining, and supporting diverse and inclusive communities of practice around excellence in teacher preparation and clinical experience, doctoral education and graduate studies, research and external funding, and community relations and partnerships.
To prepare for my work, I studied curriculum and instructional supervision at The Pennsylvania State University. I learned the value of collaboration and reciprocal relationships in school, community, and university partnerships. I have found that working together is more rewarding than persevering alone. Much of my scholarship has focused on teachers as inquirers and living an inquiry stance toward teaching. A renewed interest includes clinical supervision and how the history of a field informs its present. The professional development of teacher educators is another key focus of my scholarship. Like I said, we take lifelong learning to heart in teacher education at Boise State. We model for others what we hope to see in their practice, and we work together to “walk the talk.” I look forward to continuing to partner with colleagues and communities dedicated to learning across a professional life span.