School of Education Newsletter, Volume 2, issue 1
Update from the Dean
Dear Friends of the School of Education,
On behalf of the faculty and staff, I am honored to share with you the School of Education at UW Tacoma’s most-recent edition of our E3 Newsletter with recent developments and news.
In this edition, we spotlight several recent personnel transitions. As some of you are aware, we unexpectedly lost our amazing colleague, Keshia Korman, on April 01, 2019. We are honored to celebrate her life and many accomplishments in this edition of our newsletter. In addition to the retirement of three longtime faculty members in June 2019, we will also introduce you to several new colleagues who joined the School of Education over the past couple of months. I look forward to continued work with several high-talent colleagues as we continue to fulfill the mission of our dynamic School of Education.
The School of Education continues to spotlight the many accomplishments and talents of our alumni, current students, faculty, and staff. Each day, I am honored to learn of the many educators and leaders associated with the School of Education who continue to make a collective impact in our community and the field at large to improve the lives of children, communities, and families.
I look forward to sharing more with you in the near future. I wish everyone a joyous 2019-2020 academic year.
Dean and Professor, School of Education
Keshia Korman, who served us exceptionally well in the School of Education at UW Tacoma as our inaugural Director of Field Placements and Partnerships, passed away at home on April 01, 2019. The School of Education community is honored to celebrate her life and accomplishments, as well as remember a colleague and friend who positively transformed many lives.
Korman started at UW Tacoma in 2014 as a field supervisor and lecturer in our dual-track K-8/Teaching English Language Learner and Secondary Education programs. In June 2018, she was hired full-time as our inaugural Director of Field Placements and Partnerships. Korman was our clear candidate of choice. A career changer with over 20 years of exceptional experience as a classroom teacher and a school leader, she was skilled at mentoring and supporting pre-service teachers in our Teacher Certification Programs. She was also deeply passionate about sparking children’s interest in scientific inquiry and research, especially young persons from historically underrepresented backgrounds in the STEM fields.
Korman earned her MA in Teaching from National-Louis University in Illinois with endorsements in Middle-Level Education and General and Physical Science. She also obtained her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Union College in New York.
Here is a memorable quote from Korman when she joined us in summer 2018: “Being raised in the inner city of New York and attending Brooklyn Technical High School has cultivated my appreciation for supporting urban-serving environments. Although I began my journey as a mechanical engineer, I always had [and will have] the heart of a teacher.”
During a difficult time of grief for our community, Donna Chang, a field supervisor who also has many years of classroom and leadership experience, generously stepped in as Interim Director of Field Placements. She brought laughter and stability to our school during a very difficult time.
Click here to read our full tribute to Korman: https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/school-education/article/remembering-keshia-korman
Welcome New SOE Faculty & Staff
Dr. K. Kawena Begay is a licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist with almost 20 years of experience working in culturally and linguistically diverse PreK-12 school settings in New Mexico, Washington, and Hawai’i. Dr. Begay served in a variety of roles, including classroom teacher, counselor, school psychologist, trainer, and consultant. Most recently, Dr. Begay worked at the UW Autism Center conducting research assessments, developing and delivering targeted training to schools and community organizations, and providing clinical assessment and therapy services to children, adolescents and parents. Dr. Begay’s varied background includes expertise in learning disabilities, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Begay is passionate about effective teaching strategies for children from diverse backgrounds as well as best practices for appropriate identification services that lead to effective interventions. Dr. Begay holds a PhD in School Psychology from the University of Washington.
Dr. Gordon Brobbey earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Florida with a concentration in special education policy. While at the University of South Florida, he was a graduate assistant and taught multiple special education undergraduate courses. Prior to that, he was a special education teacher in the K-12 setting where he taught students with varying exceptionalities, primarily at the secondary level.
Dr. Brobbey’s research interests are in the areas of special education policy, pre-service special education teacher preparation, and special education teacher accountability and effectiveness. He is also interested in issues relating to how professionals and students from marginalized backgrounds navigate the K-12 and higher education systems. He brings a multilayered and global approach to his teaching and scholarship.
Aside from teaching and research, he likes to volunteer, travel, and spend time with family and friends.
Dr. Robin Starr “Zape-tah-hol-ah” Minthorn (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Apache, Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Assiniboine) is the new Director of the EdD in Educational Leadership Program and an Associate Professor. She most recently was at the University of New Mexico, where she was an Associate Professor and served as the EdD Program Coordinator of the Native American Leadership in Education (NALE) cohort.
Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Minthorn served as Coordinator of Native American Affairs at Oklahoma State University and an adjunct faculty at Pawnee Nation College. Preceding that, as an academic advisor at Comanche Nation College, which is Oklahoma’s first tribal college. Dr. Minthorn also co-founded Gamma Delta Pi, American Indian Sisterhood and RAIN (Retaining American Indians Now) as an undergraduate at the University of Oklahoma. As an academic professional, she co-founded ONASHE (the Oklahoma Native American Students in Higher Education) Conference.
Dr. Minthorn’s primary research interests include Indigenous leadership in higher education, inter-generational leadership perspectives in tribal communities, supporting Native American college students and campus climate for Native American college students. Dr. Minthorn earned her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the Oklahoma State University.
Check out the recent UW Tacoma article, Making a Name for Herself on Dr. Minthorn: https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/node/52055
Chicago native Dr. M. Billye Sankofa Waters began her career in education in 1996 with the 10,000 Tutors program for the Chicago Public Schools. This deepened her interdisciplinary journey into the areas of the sociology of education, Black Feminism, critical race theory, abolitionist teaching and qualitative inquiry. She earned her PhD in Culture, Curriculum, and Change at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her work consistently examines and elevates the holistic well-being of Black girls and Black families. She most recently authored We Can Speak for Ourselves: Parent Involvement and Ideologies of Black Mothers in Chicago (2016), and co-edited Celebrating Twenty Years of Black Girlhood: The Lauryn Hill Reader (with Bettina L. Love & Venus Evans-Winters, 2019). Her current project, The Audre Lorde Dinners examines self-care practices of Blackwomen who serve as community othermothers and activists.
Dr. Sankofa Waters is the Founding Executive Director of Blackgirl Gold Unapologetic, Inc – a non-profit charity that build opportunities for Blackgirls to operate in their respective gifts through writing, funding, and connecting. Read her full bio here: www.blackgirlgold.org/billye
Welcome New Staff
Lynn Hermanson is pleased to assume the role of Certification Officer and Academic Advisor in the School of Education as of August 06, 2019. She is thrilled to continue serving students while promoting quality education and excellence. As a champion of student success, she is excited to be a part of a dynamic program that encourages growth and discovery, while fostering our community’s educators and leaders.
A native of the Pacific Northwest, Hermanson is a higher education professional with over 14 years of experience in student services including advising, admissions, recruiting, and financial aid. Hermanson, a first-generation college graduate, is committed to UW Tacoma’s efforts to provide access for students and establish partnerships with our surrounding communities, as an urban-serving institution. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director for the UW Tacoma Global Honors Program recruiting and advising undergraduate students and also managing day-to-day operations of the office. Prior to Global Honors, she served in the role of Graduate Advisor, Recruiter, and Academic Specialist in the UW Tacoma School of Social Work and Criminal Justice for nearly six years. Primarily, she was responsible for managing all program admission functions, coordinating recruiting activities, advising current and prospective students, directing graduate student services, and executing various administrative tasks.
She holds a BS in Business Administration (2002) and her MEd in Higher Education Administration (2007) from Washington State University.
Carey J. Kirkwood is the new Director of Field Placements and Partnerships for the School of Education. Prior to that, she was a Social Emotional Learning Implementation Coach for the UW Tacoma Center for Community Partnerships. Previously, she served the International Leadership of Texas School District as the District Early Literacy Coordinator supporting Dual-Language balanced literacy programs across Texas.
Kirkwood continues to pull from her teaching experiences at Wa He Lut Indian School in Olympia, WA. She embedded native culture and tradition into learning as a primary classroom teacher and instructional coach.
Kirkwood holds a National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy. She received her BA in Linguistics and Communication Science from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and an MAEd in both Elementary Education and a Reading Specialist concentration from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.
School of Education Dean Rachel Endo is very pleased to announce that following an internal search with unanimous endorsement from her colleagues, Dr. Julia Aguirre was appointed as Inaugural Director of our Teacher Certification Programs effective June 16, 2019.
In her new role, Dr. Aguirre collaborates with faculty and staff, as well as community and school partners, to ensure the School of Education continues to maintain a cohesive and rigorous experience for all teacher candidates as they develop their identities as professional educators. Dr. Aguirre will also continue to lead efforts to launch an undergraduate major in Educational Studies for students who are interested in two distinct tracks: K-12 initial Washington State certification to teach in the public schools and those who are interested in educating children or youth in non-school settings.
Dr. Aguirre has been with Education at UW Tacoma since 2006, where she has taught a range of graduate and undergraduate courses. A nationally recognized scholar of mathematics education, her primary areas of expertise are in culturally relevant and equity-centric approaches to mathematics education and teacher education. Dr. Aguirre earned her PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of California Berkeley.
SOE Alumni Student Profiles
Dr. Johnny Hu, a recent graduate of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership within the School of Education, never thought of himself to be an amazing mathematician. Dr. Hu came to the United States when he was 5-years-old, raised by his grandparents in Federal Way, Washington. He grew up loving school, where he developed a strong connection with his teachers who helped pave the way for the career he would later establish. He enjoyed math tutoring opportunities while in high school and college, that would lead him to pursue math degrees at Whitman College (Bachelor of Arts in Peer Math) and Western Washington University (Master of Science in Math).
Dr. Hu chose to complete his doctoral degree through the School of Education at the University of Washington Tacoma because UWT serves the community in which he was raised and he appreciates the pedagogy of the EdD Program; cohort model, diverse dynamics, critical race foundation, blended model, and leadership development. He shared, “This is important because students of color, like myself, felt heard, it opens up [my] voice to include storytelling, and recognizing there are other narratives worth exploring...”
Dr. Hu’s advice to future EdD students, “You can do it! The program is [here] to support you and it’s not sink or swim.” He also added, “Community colleges and higher education [institutions] need more people of color in leadership positions who understand the communities in which they serve.''
Dr. Hu was recently appointed to Interim Dean of Academic Programs at South Seattle College, where he previously served as the Associate Dean of Math, Science and Business.
Looking back three years ago, I was at a place in my life full of transitions and uncertainties. When I received my acceptance letter to the UW Tacoma M.Ed. program, I had to make a decision that would change the trajectory of my life, challenging myself to set and reach goals that I was not sure I would achieve, at least not at the time. After choosing to accept the offer and begin my program, I was immediately welcomed into a community of educators, administrators, and colleagues, working towards bettering the academic excellence of all students, while working every day jobs to provide for their own families. The M.Ed. program provided a sense of community and belonging and as a non-traditional teaching student, the M.Ed. program allowed me to tailor my educational experience in order to align with my profession as a higher education professional. Currently I work as a Procurement Specialist in the Finance & Administration division on the UW Tacoma campus. In this role, I have applied the analytical and critical thinking skills I learned in the M.Ed. program. Whether I am working on a team or collaborating with other higher education professionals, I use the skills I learned in the M.Ed. program to help inform critical decisions I must make on a daily basis. The M.Ed. program helped shape my identity as a campus professional, leader, mother, woman, and community partner. I deeply value and cherish the relationships that organically formed among my peers and professors throughout the duration of my program, and as an ed. professional, I am extremely thankful for the value the M.Ed. program has brought to my life and my career in higher education.
In partnership with the Tacoma Public Schools, a team of School of Education faculty and staff organized an all-day professional development institute on August 15, 2019 that focused on effective instruction and mentorship strategies for K-12 English Language Learners (ELLs). Over 100 Tacoma teachers and administrators attended this session. This institute is part of Project TELL (grant funded), which is directed by Professor and Principal Investigator Belinda Louie.
Several School of Education faculty and staff participated as presenters including: Julia Aguirre, Kathleen Beaudoin, Donna Chang, Carey Kirkwood, and Belinda Louie.
Special thanks to our TPS co-organizers Minh-Anh Hodge, Executive Director, and Damaris Mestre-Rivera, Assistant Director, from the English Language Learner Department. We also thank Superintendent Carla Santorno for her ongoing support of our dynamic partnership with the district.
SOE Faculty & Staff Accomplishments
- Aguirre was featured in a podcast discussing her new article for the March 2019 journal issue of the Mathematics Teacher Educator, which is entitled, “Engaging teachers in the powerful combination of mathematical modeling and social justice.” https://fireside.fm/s/6ZZQqPJx+0Bb7gBm7
- Aguirre, J.M., Anhalt, C.O., Cortez, R., Turner, E.E., & Simi-Muller, K. (2019). Engaging teachers in the powerful combination of mathematical modeling and social justice. Mathematics Teacher Educator. 7(2) 7-26.
- Bartell, T.G., Drake, C., Roth McDuffie, A., Aguirre, J.M., Turner, E.E., & Foote, M.Q., (Eds.) (2019). Transforming mathematics teacher education: An equity-based approach. Switzerland AG: Springer.
- Aguirre, J.M. (2019, April) Math Strong: Cultivating equity and social justice in mathematics education. Featured Speaker. Annual Conference of National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. San Diego, CA. April 2019.
- Aguirre, J.M. (2019, February) STEM Strong: Deepening our commitment to youth and communities through anti-racist pedagogies. Keynote Speaker. Western Regional Noyce Conference. Tucson, AZ. February 2019.
- Beaudoin, K., & Feuerborn, L. (2018)- Co-Principal Investigators. Students’ perceptions of behavior and discipline in middle and high schools, Royalty Research Fund, University of Washington, $37,797 (funded, 2019).
- Beaudoin, K., & Feuerborn, L. (2019)- Co-Principal Investigators. Students’ perceptions of behavior and discipline in middle and high schools, Internal Pilot Funding for Royalty Research Fund, University of Washington, $5,300.
- Beaudoin K. (2018)- Principal Investigator. Improving safety conditions for all special education personnel through collaborative safety protocol training, Principal Investigator. Department of Labor and Industries Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP), $150,000 (funded, 2018). Subcontract for services, $50,449 to ESD 113.
- Beaudoin, K., Skočić Mihić, S., & Lončarić, D. (2018). Croatian preschool teachers’ self-perceived competence in managing the challenging behaviors of children. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 8(2), 123-138.
- Beaudoin, K., & Feuerborn, L. (June, 2019). Improving Safe Environments for Special Education Paraprofessionals Through Positive and Preventive Practices: A Professional Development Model. Paper accepted for the Mediterranean Scientific Conference, Rijeka, Croatia.
- Feuerborn, L. & Beaudoin, K. (June, 2019). Staff perceptions of behavior and discipline: Improving systems change in schools implementing positive behavior supports. Paper accepted for the Mediterranean Scientific Conference, Rijeka, Croatia
- Chaudhuri, R. & Beaudoin, K. (June, 2018). Supports Critical to a Principal’s Effectiveness as an Instructional Leader. Paper presented at the 2018 Association of Washington State Principals Summer Conference, Spokane, WA.
- Gabrielsen, T., McClain-Verdoes, M., Begay, K. K., Harris, B., & Otero, T. (2019, February). Assessing autism in school settings: Meeting underserved, diverse population needs, presentation at the 2019 National Association of School Psychologists Convention. Atlanta, Georgia.
- Recipient, Excellence in Mentorship Award, Division G- Social Contexts of Education. Awarded at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2019 Conference in Toronto April 2019. Award “recognizes a scholar who has made distinguished contributions in the mentoring of students, undergraduate and Ph.D. students, as well as junior scholars, contributing to the development of a new generation of scholars who focus on social contexts of education.”
- Endo was featured in an article along with other South Sound leaders in the April 2019 edition of South Sound Business Magazine. She was quoted offering advice to aspiring educators and leaders in higher education, and her insights on being a culturally conscious leader. Check out the article here: https://southsoundbiz.com/secrets-of-success/
- Endo, R., & Wong, V. (2019). Heritage and legacy: Lau v. Nichols, 1974. In D. Lan (Ed.). 25 events that shaped Asian American history: An American mosaic (pp. 339-357). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.
Congratulations to Dr. Laura Feuerborn who was promoted to the full rank of Professor effective September 16, 2019. She started her career with UW Tacoma in September 2006 as an assistant professor in the Education program. Dr. Feuerborn has been instrumental in developing the proposal of a new graduate degree program, Education Specialist (EdS) in School Psychology. Watch for updates on the development of this new program in future newsletters and on our School of Education website.
- See also Beaudoin, K. for collaborative works.
- Gueldner, B. A., Feuerborn, L. L., Whitcomb, S. A., Carrizales-Engelmann, D., Gallegos, J., & Tran, O.K. (2019). 15 years of research and counting: Merrell’s Strong Kids programs. Paper presentation for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention, Atlanta, GA.
- Tyre, A., & Feuerborn, L. (2019). Common “misses” in PBIS consultation and how to handle them. Mini-skills workshop presented at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual conference, Atlanta, GA.
- Feuerborn, L., & Gueldner, B. (2019). Integrating mindfulness into a social and emotional learning framework: A conceptual and empirical review. Mindfulness, 10(9), 1707-1720;
- Feuerborn, L., Tyre, A., & *Zečević, M. (2019). Factor validation of the staff perceptions of behavior and discipline (SPBD) survey. Remedial & Special Education, 40, 32-39.
- Ard, R. R., Knaus, C. B., Bianco, M., Brandehoff, R., & Gist, C. (2019). The grow your own collective: A critical race movement to transform education. Teacher Education Quarterly, 46(1), 23-34.
- Knaus, C. B. (2018). “If everyone would just act white”: Education as a global investment in Whiteness. In J. Brooks and G. Theoharis (Eds.), Whiteucation: How privilege, power and prejudice is destroying school and society. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
- Acoba, M. K., Dabner, D., Knaus, C. B., Manuel, A., Marfil, S., Moreland, V., Naone, K., Rogers-Ard, R., & Van Winkle, K. (2019). Grow Your Own Collective. Preconference institute at the National Association for Alternative Certification Conference, Washington, D.C.
- Acoba, M. K., Dabner, D., Knaus, C. B., Manuel, A., Marfil, S., Moreland, V., Naone, K., Rogers-Ard, R., & Van Winkle, K. (2019). The Grow Your Own Collective: A national movement to diversify the teaching workforce. National Association for Alternative Certification, Washington, D.C.
- Strom, K., & Knaus, C. B. (2018). Exploring problems of practice in mentoring for Social Justice. CIG Sponsored Session Ed.D. Programs for Social Justice. Presented to the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate Knowledge Forum on the Ed.D., Phoenix, AZ.
- Knaus, C. B., Naone, K., Rogers-Ard, R. (2018). Mentoring workshop: Resistance, resilience, and longevity within academia. Presented at the 8th International Conference on Education and Social Justice, Honolulu, HI.
- Knaus, C. B. (2018). Applying a critical race theory of higher education. Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Education and Social Justice, Honolulu, HI.
- Knaus, C. B. (2018). Excavating multiracialities: Digging through contemporary dilemmas of epistemic and experiential violence in multiracial identity formations. Spotlight Panel Presented at the Fourth Quadrennial Race & Pedagogy National Conference, Tacoma, WA.
- Wilson, K., Webster, T. C., Tamaami, B., & Knaus, C. B. (2018). Hostility, trauma, and critical race theory: Nourishing resistant voices in colonial spaces. Presented at the Fourth Quadrennial Race & Pedagogy National Conference, Tacoma, WA.
- Kemp, A., Darder, A., McLaren, P., Schubert, B., Steinberg, S., Love., B., Stovall, D., Venegas, Rios, J., Greenhow, C., & Schultz, B. (2019). Beginnings, continuations, and contemplations: A conversation about critical issues in curriculum and cultural studies. . Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Ontario.
- Rios, J., & Antilla, J. (2019). Collaborating to improve STEM teacher preparation in Washington state. Presentation at the annual international meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Savannah, Georgia.
- Sankofa Waters, M.B., Evans-Winters, V., & Love, B. L. (Eds.). (2019). Celebrating twenty years of Black girlhood: The Lauryn Hill reader. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.
- Figueroa, A., Crisostomo, D. J. & Sierschynski, J., (2019). Science, Tahoma, Engineering and Math: Centering communities, identities and relationships in the definition of STEM. HASTAC, UBC Vancouver.
- Sierschynski, J. (2019). Portraits, mirrors and identities. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, ON.
- Sierschynski, J., Crisostomo, D.J., & Figueroa, A. (2019). The art and design of counterhegemonic technology integration. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON.
- Sierschynski, J. (2019). Improvising identity, body and race. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708619830129
- Weinstein, M. (2019, April). Beyond spectacle: Critical STEM pedagogy in the Trump Era. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, ON.
- Weinstein, M. (2019, April 8) STEM: Power, spectacle, and resistance. Organizer and chair of panel at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, ON.
- Weinstein, M., Pouloit, C., Martins, I., Levison, R., Carter, L., * Bencze, L. (2019). Science education towards social and ecological justice. Dordrecht: Springer.
Megan Bentley-Moon, who served as our longtime Certification Officer and Advisor to the MEd and Teacher Certification Programs, recently resigned from her position on September 03, 2019 to transition full-time to our graduate Secondary Mathematics Education Teacher Certification Program. Bentley-Moon provided exceptional service to our school and students, and provided key leadership at the state level that led to greater access for aspiring teachers to obtain their initial Washington State teacher certification. We would like to congratulate Megan and wish her well as she completes her program.
Three of our longtime faculty colleagues retired on June 15, 2019 after many years of outstanding service to UW Tacoma:
- Dr. Diane Kinder, Faculty Coordinator of the dual-track K-8 Special Education Program and Professor.
- Dr. Ginger MacDonald, Director of the EdD Program and Professor in Educational Leadership.
- Dr. Marcy Stein, Professor. Dr. Stein was also one of the founding faculty of Education at UW Tacoma, and previously served as Faculty Coordinator of the dual-track K-8 SPED Program.
All also earned status as Professor Emerita of Education at UW Tacoma, which bestows on them the privileges and rights of esteemed faculty status for life. We wish them well as they enjoy their well-deserved retirements and thank them for their many outstanding contributions to Education at UW Tacoma. Congratulations!
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Special thank you to our longtime colleague and friend, Mary McClellan-Aronen, for her very generous gift to the School of Education in summer 2019.
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