- Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1991
- M.Ed., Harvard University, 1963
- B.A., Brown University, 1962
My primary teaching responsibilities are in Curriculum and Instruction and the preparation of future elementary school teachers and I am currently coordinator of the Elementary Teacher Education program The majority of classes I teach include a field experience, and I enjoy working with teachers in the neighboring school systems. I feel it is important to have active and on-going partnerships with the schools and encourage lively and on-going discussions with practicing teachers as we continually improve the education of future teachers. I also have worked with several student groups including the Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) and with three groups of the Jefferson Public Citizens program as their faculty advisor; the SVEA has received recognition as an outstanding chapter state-wide for several years.
I have a long-standing interest in the history of teacher education and have recently completed a history of the Curry School of Education, The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, 1905-2005: Preparing Men and Women for leadership in Scientific Educational Work. Additionally, I am interested in the ways in which preservice students can positively impact the learning of the students they work with in their early field placements and have designed several research projects that focus on this area.
Beginning in 2009, I instituted an international teaching student teaching placement at the University of Cambridge. England. This program takes place during the fall semester and provides elementary preservice students with the opportunity to become visiting members Homerton College at Cambridge while they complete teaching assignments in the city of Cambridge state schools.