Associate Professor of Education
Areas of expertise
My specialization is Teacher Education, with an emphasis on Secondary Education. I am certified at secondary school level in Mathematics, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies and taught in a one room school in rural Alaska for a number of years, an experience which deeply informs my work with pre-service secondary teachers. My research interests focus on deploying tools for effective teacher learning, including Japanese Lesson Study, action research, and peer coaching. I also study the implications on educational practices of Gilles Deleuze, the French philosopher whose wide-ranging thought provides new views of the educational terrain.
PhD , University of Texas at Austin 1992
Masters in Secondary Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa 1982
Bachelors of Journalism, Bachelors of Arts, Unviersity of Texas at Austin 1976
August 01, 2006 - present
Teach courses in teacher certification program, including Educational Foundations, Elementary and Middle School Social Studies Methods, Reading in the Content Area, Teaching Secondary Students, The Secondary Teacher, and supervision of secondary Student T
University of Hawaii at Manoa
January 01, 2003 - June 01, 2006
I coordinated the Master of Education in Teaching program, taught Elementary Science Education methods for undergraduate teacher certification, and graduate science education curriculum courses.
Senior Trainer/Program Manager/Vice President
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
January 01, 1991 - December 01, 2003
I worked as a Senior Trainer with this federally funded private non-profit, designing and delivering professional development in mathematics and science education across five states in the Southwest. Major responsibilities included working with science-ri
High School Teacher
Lower Kuskokwim School District
August 01, 1978 - May 01, 1987
I taught all subjects in a one room high school in Rural Alaska and then became the science teacher when additional staff were added in subsequent years. I taught in two villages in the Lower Kuskokwim district, Kasigluk (Akula) and the Oscarville.
Curriculum and Foundations of American Schooling
Case Studies in Comparative Education: Jamaica from the Inside Out
My research follows three intertwined threads.
The first thread has evolved from my experience teaching high school in rural Alaska and working in Hawaii's highly diverse public schools. The focus of this thread is the cultural contexts that surround the teaching/learning relationship.
A second thread involves the use of Japanese Lesson Study in teacher education and professional development settings.
The third thread explores the educational implications of Gilles Deleuze and his search for responses to the dogma of orthodox thinking. Teachers face constantly changing situations every moment they are in the classroom.