Amanda has worked with educational programs in England, South Korea, Nepal and the Navajo Nation of New Mexico. She is interested in helping diverse learners access their full potential through Project-based Learning.
Rita has taught for 30 years and is currently a NM Pre-K consultant. Her research project takes a close up view of a new teacher with no experience or training in the field of teaching. As she supports this new teacher, she uses a coaching approach, which has improved her own coaching skills as an added bonus.
Melissa's research inquiry is based on what happens when she gets more involved in her community. She has been in a few home visits to listen to her students' parents view points. Melissa also completed her fourth consecutive year teaching on the Navajo Reservation.
Devin is currently teaching self-contained 6th grade on the Navajo Reservation. Through her research, her classroom has become an environment of learners that enjoy reading exponentially more than they did when the school year began. Devin feels more empowered as a teacher writing her own lessons and her students feel more invested in their learning.
Mary is an elementary art teacher doing her teacher practitioner research on choice-based studio art experiences with her fifth grade students. She will be presenting her practitioner research at the Annual College of Education Graduate Student Colloquium on April 8, 2014.
Dana teaches second grade. For her inquiry she is conducting home visits. As she gets to know the families better by going into their homes, she hopes this will improve her relationships with them as well as strengthen their academic success. So far, the parents have been cooperative and Dana has seen a huge change in behaviors as well as better relationships with parents and students.
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