Pablo Zatz started as a science student, became a science teacher and now wants to teach teachers about science.
“I would like to go into either a large school district or a university and train science teachers to integrate technology into their educational program,” he says. The key is not to add technology “just because it’s there,” but to use appropriate tools to deepen a child’s understanding of science.
Zatz was a teacher in his native Mexico for more than 10 years before joining the Ed.D. program at Curry, giving him a solid background for working with younger undergraduate student teachers in the field.
“Curry gives student teachers a solid foundation and a really solid understanding of what they might encounter, but it is not until they come into a classroom that they truly understand what it is like.”
Zatz’s role in the graduate program allows him to interact with student teachers in the field, helping them focus on problem-solving in the classroom. “I like being able to talk with them while things are happening,” he says.
Curry’s sound mix of practice and theory has given him a more in-depth “critical lens” for looking at educational research.
“It’s like gravity,” he says. “You know all your life that when you let go of something, it drops to the ground. But then you learn why it drops.”
Connecting theory to experience is helping prepare Pablo Zatz for an important role in educating our educators in a rapidly changing world.