B.A. in psychology, University of Rhode Island (1974)
M.S. in school psychology, University of Rhode Island (1976)
Ed.D. in educational leadership, Johnson and Wales University (2004)
A major area of research involves work with alternative educational models and teaching strategies for high school students at risk of dropping out of school. I am involved in collaborative work with another education professor, the local urban core high school, and a faculty member in the Salve Regina math department to develop effective strategies for increasing math achievement of students in their alternative high school program. Another area of research interest involves the preparation of pre-service teachers for the challenges and pressures faced by those entering careers in public education, especially in urban settings. I am collaborating with a faculty member at the Naval War College, examining the striking similarities in preparing teachers and preparing soldiers for battle. Proposals have been accepted for me to present my work in these areas at the upcoming convention of the National Center for Dropout Prevention in October 2011 in Chicago. The Department of Education depends on close and mutually rewarding partnerships with local school districts in its effort to provide pre-service teachers with meaningful clinical experiences. I am currently examining ways to identify the key components of mutually satisfying partnerships between the University and local education agencies. Finally, I am working with Dr. Jameson Chace to explore ways to promote hands-on, authentic science instruction using the resources of the University and the local community. Newport provides an enriched environment, which will allow local students to become "citizen scientists," simultaneously developing science content knowledge and contributing to the local community.
Prior to teaching at Salve Regina, I worked in public education for more than 30 years, with a focus on the needs of the most underserved, underachieving and at-risk youth. I was drawn to apply for a faculty position at Salve Regina due to its reputation for truly acting in accordance with its mission and educating outstanding, effective classroom teachers. Quality collaborative work is based on the strength of relationships, trust, mutual respect, creativity and determination. I have found all of these characteristics in abundance at Salve Regina. In my prior work in public education and in my work at Salve Regina, I work hard to create a personalized educational experience, which allows each student and teaching candidate to identify and develop his or her individual interests and abilities. I expect that all of my students will become teacher leaders and play a major role in enhancing the lives of all their students in the future.