Irvine, Calif., August 1, 2009Sue Marshall is the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Department of Education. Under this umbrella title, she wears several hats: manger of undergraduate education programs including a minor in Educational Studies and early preparation options for teaching careers; manager of a new undergraduate program to prepare math and science teachers (Cal Teach); and Co-PI on a couple of grant funded projects offering support and scholarships for aspiring math and science teachers.
My career path has taken many turns; each new experience broadens the skills and perspectives that I can bring to my job. I like to think about my work and career from an entrepreneurial vantage point – I look for opportunities to test new approaches and tackle new challenges. I also enjoy working in collaborative environments, learning from and co-developing new ideas with other talented people.After earning a bachelor’s degree from U.C. San Diego in Sociology and a Multiple Subject Teacher Credential from UCLA, Dr. Marshall started her career as an elementary teacher in Los Angeles. “This was back when Apple IIe computers were being introduced in schools. I enrolled in a workshop on using computers in education, and I was hooked on computer technology. It changed my career trajectory.”
I am particularly excited to be working collaboratively with a great team of colleagues from UC Irvine departments of Education, Mathematics, the sciences, and the computer sciences to launch the UCI Cal Teach program. We are doing something new; this will be one of only a few undergraduate teacher preparation programs for science or math teachers in California, and represents a tremendous effort on the part of the UCI math and science departments to recognize, through new changes to their degree program curricula, the importance of attracting talented students from their departments to enter the 6-12 teaching profession. Although we are modeling Cal Teach on a University of Texas program, we have a wonderful opportunity to study and adapt it to best meet the needs of California’s urban students and schools, and to bring to bear some exciting research in math education and learning being done by Department of Education faculty. Drawing on my own past interests in learning technologies, I will be looking for some opportunities within the program curricula to best prepare these new teachers to understand and leverage the affordances of 21st century technology tools and media to support learning and assessment.